A new segment I will be doing is called “Three Takeaways”. Instead of a full recap, I will point out three things I felt prevalent in the game. The Penguins lost, 5-4. Here is my takeaways.
McKegg Looked Great
It didn’t take a genius to see that Greg McKegg looked like a solid player. I don’t know if I would go as far as saying he is a long term solution, but McKegg looks to be a good fit for the system. He is a fast skater as he proved by beating a Blues defender wide along the boards in the second. He also had a beautiful assist on Conor Sheary‘s tally in the third. If McKegg can continue this play, the Penguins won’t rush to find a third line center. But, they’ll be that much deeper when they do.
Murray Wasn’t Awful
Honestly, rip the glove hand all you want. The Penguins didn’t do Matt Murray any favors tonight. Their back check was less than stellar. Sheary and Jake Guentzel might well have been skating to the locker room on St. Louis’ fourth goal. Murray would love to have that overtime goal back. Nonetheless, Murray bailed out Matt Hunwick after a horrendously timed step up that caused a 2-on-0. He was good when he had to be. This one isn’t on him.
How Will They Respond?
The Penguins were down 4-2 in the third period. They were able to tie the game and force overtime with St. Louis clearly being the better team. The typical Penguin script, if you will. They were notably bad on the backend of back-to-back nights last season. They’ve got Chicago on Thursday. There will need to be a push back. It is early in the season and the bodies are refreshed. Can the Penguins respond and put up a win in Chicago?