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3 Impressions: Pens 4, Flyers 1

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

Sam Kasan gives his three impressions from the press box of the Pens’ 4-1 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

1. Statement
The Pens went into the Lion’s Den in what amounted to a playoff game between two teams battling for a postseason berth. The Pens strengthened their hand and dealt a blow to Flyers in an impressive 60-minute performance. The Pens completely dominated in zone time and possession. Philadelphia couldn’t mount any type of attack, managing just 17 shots on goal. Everything is coming together for Pittsburgh right now. The Pens look like they’re starting to peak. Look out NHL.

2. Letang
Pens defenseman Kris Letang continues to elevate his game to ridiculous levels. If it seemed like Letang was on the ice for half of the game, it’s because he was on the ice for half of the game. Letang logged a game-high 27:57 minutes and made it look easy. Letang posted his 14th goal of the season and tied his career high for points with 54. On one shift in his zone Letang was forced to single-handedly bail out his teammates on three occasions. He played with speed, physicality and calm. When he’s on his game, there is nobody better in the NHL.

3. Second Gear
The Pens’ second line is playing hard and fast. Phil Kessel is backchecking and forechecking the hardest he has all season. Carl Hagelin’s explosiveness is a game-changer. And Nick Bonino has slotted in nicely between the two. The trio combined for six points in a win against Carolina. Today they helped chip in two huge goals in the win.

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