Sam Kasan gives his three impressions from the press box of the Pens’ 3-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks.
1. My Perronative Pens forward David Perron finally broke through for his first goal of the season with a first-period tally. Pittsburgh did a great job winning puck battles in the offensive zone to help maintain possession. They worked the puck to Brian Dumoulin at the point. Perron, stationed at the crease, tipped the shot into the net for the tally. Perron’s been working his tail off all year, and he was rewarded for his relentless effort.
2. Crosby Connects All week long Crosby has fielded questions from the Canadian media about why he isn’t scoring. One reporter even suggested that he was too old. I guess he can cancel that retirement party, because the Pens captain connected in a big way for the Pens in the third period. With Pittsburgh clinging to a 1-0 lead and on a power play, Crosby converted a chance in front, pulling the puck around Ryan Miller and depositing in the net for the cushion. A great setup play by Phil Kessel.
3. PK The Pens’ penalty kill hasn’t received much attention. And that’s a good thing in their minds. They want to quietly go about their business and execute. They’ve done the job in their own end, killing 27 of the past 28 shorthanded opportunities and 17 straight. But they’ve also gotten the job done in the offensive zone. Eric Fehr connected for his second goal in as many games in a Pens’ uniform. It was also his second shorthanded goal in as many games. It was a great individual effort from Fehr, who used his big body and strong frame to protect the puck down the center lane before lifting a shot into the net.