Sam Kasan gives his three impressions from the press box of the Penguins’ 5-3 win against the New York Rangers.
Say what you will, this Pens team will not go quietly into that good night. Playing on the road against a tough team and without a star player in Evgeni Malkin, the Pens gutted out a victory. They were outmanned in the first period, but were able to hold off the surging storm. Then they took over in the second period, outshooting the Rangers 10-2. Pittsburgh held on late to secure the victory.
2. Sheary’s Con
With center Evgeni Malkin out of the lineup, the Pens need everyone to contribute more collectively. The first to take the cape was rookie Conor Sheary. He scored twice in the first multi-goal game of his career. The first came on a beautiful tip shot from in front of the net. Sheary’s second came off a read during a breakout. Sheary streaked up ice and, thanks to a heads up play by Tom Kuhnhackl to see him, went in on goal for a breakaway. Sheary didn’t hesitate. He hit the slot and surprised goalie Henrik Lundqvist with a quick shot into the top shelf.
3. Flower Power
Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury backed up his talk by walking the walk.. He was brilliant in the opening period of the game as the Rangers owned the Pens and put up 19 shots on goal (and over 10 were high, quality scoring chances). Without his play early, this game could have been over five minutes after opening puck drop.