Sam Kasan gives his three impressions from the press box of the Penguins’ 4-1 loss against the Dallas Stars.
1. Dupuis Returns
The Pens had a boost to their lineup with the return of veteran Pascal Dupuis. It was his first regular-season action since Nov. 15, 2014 when a blood clot ended his 2014-15 season. Dupuis saw 12:43 minutes of ice time and registered five shots. He came close on two occasions to scoring. Dupuis missed the first six games of the year with a lower-body injury.
“I felt good,” said Dupuis, who ended the game skating on a line with Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel. “I got my legs under me as the game went on. I played more and more as it went. You’re satisfied to be back on the team, back on the ice, but definitely not with the result.”
The Pens had two major breakdowns in the second period that were exploited by the Stars. The first was when David Perron turned the puck over at his own blue line inside the zone. Jason Spezza intercepted, skated to the slot and scored. Later in the frame no one picked up rookie Mattias Janmark in the slot and he was able to bury a rebound.
3. Power Play
The Pens power play did not help their cause. They went 0-for-4. The power play was frustrated late in the third period when Pittsburgh was given a great chance to get back in the game with a two-man advantage – that included a 5-minute major elbow. The Pens were on the power play for the final 3:35 minutes of the game, but couldn’t tally a goal to cut into the Stars’ deficit.