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3 Impressions: Pens 2, Oilers 1

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins


Sam Kasan gives his three impressions from the press box of the Pens’ 2-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers.

1. Sprong Man
Rookie Daniel Sprong’s nine-game trial is officially up. But he sure did go out with a bang. Sprong scored a beautiful goal in the second period to tie the game at 1-1. It started with a nice effort on the boards by Sergei Plotnikov to tie up two Oilers players. Matt Cullen swooped in to collect the puck and found Sprong in the slot. He snapped off a shot into the top corner. It was one final display of his skill and talent before management makes a decision on his fate.

2. Power Surge
The Pens’ power play connected for two scores against the Oilers (although only one counted technically). The first score was overturned on a coach’s challenge that ruled the play was offsides. Nonetheless, both goals had the same theme. Net-front. On the first (non) goal, Hornqvist buried a rebound in the paint. On the second he posted up for a nice screen as Phil Kessel’s shot found its way in. It will go down on the scoresheet as one power-play goal, but any success will help build the Pens’ confidence.

3. Holding On
The Pens knew the Oilers were not going to go quietly into that good night. All in the final five minutes of play Edmonton hit a post, had a power play killed and nearly sneaked a goal in from the corner. A smart play by Jeff Zatkoff, who stood his ground in the waning minutes in only his second game this season, on Beniot Pouliot’s shot from the corner helped preserve the win. The puck sneaked through Zatkoff’s body and was sliding toward the goal line when he reached back to cover the rubber with his glove.

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