The Pittsburgh Penguins squeak out a victory against the Florida Panthers, despite a desperate effort by the Panthers in the final minute of the game. Some notible changes were made before entering this game, here are my three takeaways:
Despite giving up the one power play goal in the second period, the PK group looked absolutely amazing tonight. They appeared to win almost every 50/50 puck battle in their own zone, and gave the Florida players very little room to make any kind of plays. Not to mention Greg Mckegg scored his first goal as a Pittsburgh Penguin shorthanded. Opposite to the PK, the PP went 1/3 on the night with Sidney Crosby netting his 2nd goal of the year. Whatever Sullivan worked on during practice proved to be the difference maker tonight. The PP had a solid “Shoot first attitude” and often times ran with Justin Schultz and Kris Letang on the first unit.
Once again Matt Murray stood tall between the pipes for the Pens tonight. Stopping 43 of 46 shots, (one save shy of tying his career high) Murray looks to be in playoff form early in the season. His rebounds were very controlled this evening and got better as game went on. Making at least three saves in the final minute to preserve the one goal lead showed what Murray truly means to this team.
CRASH THE NET
This is something the Pens have done very well over the past two seasons. They enter the zone with speed and constantly have players going to the net. Whether it is Patric Hornqvist, Bryan Rust, or Crosby, someone is always on top of the goaltender. 3 of the 4 goals scored tonight were because the Pens had players at the net. And, well Hornvquist always takes that literal. Pushing James Reimer into the net for the 3rd Penguins goal, and later getting called for a goaltender interference penalty on a goal. Scoring the “dirty goal” is a part of the game, and the Penguins have proved that yet once again tonight.