Sam Kasan gives his three impressions from the press box of the Pens’ 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche. 1. Second Period
The Pens have struggled this season in their second periods, and they have turned quite a few games against them. Pittsburgh head coach Mike Johnston said prior to the game that the Pens needed to play better in the second. They did just that. The Pens had arguably their best second period of the season. They outshot the Avs, 13-4, and completely dominated. The only blemish was that they didn’t figure in on the scoresheet. But… 2. Battle Back
Building off of that second period, the Pens were rewarded in the third period. Their relentless effort and compete finally paid off with a trio of goals in the final frame that turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 victory. Denver University alum Beau Bennett connected twice and Patric Hornqvist scored, on a fortuitous bounce, to snap his 10-game goal less streak. (Goal originally awarded to Olli Maatta).3. PK
The Pens’ PK unit took a blow with the loss of Pascal Dupuis. The group was really tested by the Avalanche, particularly in the third period. The Pens had to kill two penalties, including 36 seconds worth of a 5-on-3, in the third period while trailing 2-1. Marc-Andre Fleury made a phenomenal blocker save and Nick Bonino saved the day by getting his stick on Tyson Barrie’s shot that would have gone into an empty. The Pens scored shortly after to tie the game at 2-2. The Pens also killed a penalty in the final 1:36 of the gamef to preserve the victory. Pittsburgh has killed off 29 of the last 31 power plays for Colorado dating back to the 2010-11 season.