They took the puck and wouldn’t give it back. The Pittsburgh Penguins bombarded the New Jersey Devils in the first period and for most of the game in a 4-1 smothering of the New Jersey Devils at PPG Paints Arena on Friday.
Dominik Kahun scored a beauty midway through the first period and showed the soft hands of a goal scorer for his sixth goal this season.
Later in the second period, Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin sprung Jake Guentzel for a breakaway goal.
“We made it good as a group there. We had a good forecheck,” Kahun said. “(Simon) made a good play with his hand to me. I had a two on one with (Hornqvist) and the D-man laid down, so I had to go around him.”
“Then I tried to pick a spot.”
The Penguins began to use slightly different formulas than they used against the New York Islanders on Tuesday and Thursday. Those were tight-checking games in which space was earned.
”It’s a huge night, top to bottom,” said Jake Guentzel.
Friday, the Penguins cracked New Jersey early and controlled the pace and flow of play. The final shot clock, 41-37, wasn’t indicative of the game. The scoring chances told the real story and the play and what the Penguins were able to do. The Penguins also had 11 different players with points on Friday, which was part of their success.