The Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t have enough to beat the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night at PPG Paints Arena. Philadelphia won in a shootout, 2-1. The Penguins weren’t without chances though Sidney Crosby scored a goal that will make a few highlight reels.
Letang stole the puck in the defensive zone and rushed 200 feet to the Philadelphia goal. Sidney Crosby trailed the one-on-one rush but was without a stick.
Until assistant Penguins equipment manager Jon Taglianetti held out a new blade for Crosby as he raced past the bench at full speed.
Crosby snared the new stick and raced to the net. Perhaps his longer route obscured him from the Flyers defenders in the zone and Crosby was the first to the rebound.
It also didn’t hurt that Philadelphia Flyers goalie Carter Hart whiffed on an attempted poke of the loose puck. Perhaps that added to the grins on the Pittsburgh Penguins bench.
Crosby slipped past the Flyers defenders and poked the loose puck past Hart for his 17th goal of the season. It was the Penguins only goal of the game, but it brought a good chuckle in the postgame.
“Heck of a play by Tags there. I just saw Sid coming to the bench. Tags is running around,” new Penguins forward Jeff Carter said. “He threw him a stick. It’s a great read by Sid just to follow up the play and find the loose pucks…”
Penguins PA announcer Ryan Mill jokingly added Taglianetti’s name as the third assist, behind Kris Letang and Brian Dumoulin.
The Penguins bench clearly had a good time. Check out the video above, courtesy of the video editing skills of Philly Hockey Now.