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3 Impressions: Pens 2, Preds 1 OT

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

Sam Kasan gives his three impressions from the press box of the Penguins’ 2-1 overtime win against the Nashville Predators.

1. MVP
Marc-Andre Fleury was brilliant. Again. He was the biggest reason the Pens defeated the red-hot Predators. The team’s reigning MVP was particularly impressive with his pad play. The Predators took a lot of low shots and Fleury’s legwork was on point. Whether it was moving lateral, kicking out for a save or closing the five-hole. The Preds put on a lot of pressure in the third period. Fleury is the reason Pittsburgh won this game.

2. KuniKaze
Chris Kunitz finally broke through with a goal. It was his first of the season, and first goal in the last 13 regular-season games. Kunitz was the recipient of a drop pass from Evgeni Malkin on a 3-on-2 rush. Matt Cullen charged the net and provided space for Kunitz, who obliterated a one-timer into the top corner of the net. That one had to feel good. He was mugged by his teammates on the bench after the score and had a huge grin.

3. 5-Minute Power Play
The Pens power play continues to struggle. They had an incredible opportunity early in the first period on a five-minute major boarding penalty to Austin Watson. Not only did they not score, but they only managed to set up in the zone once. Their breakouts and entries were a major culprit. And once in the zone they weren’t quick enough to loose pucks and didn’t win puck battles. They managed just one shot in the five minutes, a long-distance shot from Pascal Dupuis. The Pens really could have set the tone early with that man-advantage, but missed the opportunity. Luckily it didn’t end up biting them in the end.

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