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Penguins Bright Spot, Why Zohorna Immediately Improved 3rd Line (+)



Pittsburgh Penguins, Radim Zohorna

The Pittsburgh Penguins have only three active players who are 26 years old or younger, and only two will be in the lineup Thursday. After a rough start and a recall, Drew O’Connor and Radim Zohorna united on the Penguins’ third line and became a bright spot in a dark stretch.

Beginning last Saturday, the Penguins’ third line finally had reasons to smile. Even as the team cratered in the loss to the St. Louis Blues, the line dominated their opposition. The difference between the line’s previously faltering performance and the exemplary output that continued through the loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday had a few reasons, but the biggest difference was big winger Radim Zohorna.

Zohorna was recalled last week, and the results with Drew O’Connor and Lars Eller were immediate.

The line had seven scoring chances in St. Louis and five more against Dallas. Zohorna potted the Penguins’ second goal in St. Louis, though, as he noted to PHN, it wasn’t enough in the 4-2 loss.

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