Sam Kasan gives his three impressions from the press box of the Penguins’ 3-1 win against the New York Rangers in Game 3.
1. Awesome Sauce
The Pens appeared to fall behind 1-0 halfway through the first period when Mats Zuccarello came out of a scrum with the puck and found Chris Kreider for a cross-ice tally. However, the Pens coaching staff alertly challenged the goal – contesting that the play was offside. After a review, the play was indeed ruled offside and the goal was disallowed. It was a heads up decision by the coaching staff – most notably video coach Andy Saucier, who informs the coaches on the bench any time he thinks a play should be challenged. Kudos to Saucier and the coaches on the successful challenge.
2. Old Bull
Matt Cullen loves playing at Madison Square Garden. The Pens center scored in each of the team’s two regular-season games at 'The World's Most Famous Arena.' He made it three in a row with his first goal of the playoffs in what turned out to be the game-winner. Cullen alertly saw a free puck at the Rangers blue line and darted in. He managed to beat Keith Yandle and Dan Boyle to the puck and chipped it through them. Cullen retrieved the puck for a breakaway. The 39-year-old shot five-hole and then raised his arms while the red goal light gleamed off his eyes.
3. Young Cub
While it was the 39-year-old scoring goals at one end of the ice, it was the 21-year-old shutting the door at the other. Matt Murray became the youngest goaltender in Pens franchise history to start a playoff game. And what a debut. Murray turned aside 16 shots to record his first career postseason victory. Murray withstood the pressure and handled it with aplomb and cool. The Pens defense played incredibly strong in front of him. They were quick on puck retrievals and ups, fast on the breakouts and blocked a lot of shots. New York managed just 17 shots total in the game, including only four in the final period when they trailed by one goal.