Everything you need to know about the Pens’ 4-3 shootout setback to the Sharks:
The Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead and outshot the Sharks by a 15-4 margin. Pittsburgh carried a 3-1 lead into the third period. However, San Jose scored two goals in the third period to tie the game, and then won the contest in a shootout on Ryan Clowe’s score.
“We led the first period 2-0 on the road, that’s a pretty good start by the team,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “They did creep back in with a goal, but getting the third goal to make it 3-1, you still have a two-goal lead going into the third period.”
“We all knew that two-goal lead wasn’t enough, there was a lot of hockey to be played,” goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury
said. “They stuck with it and played hard. They kept coming and coming. It paid off for them.”
The Penguins had some good news entering the game against San Jose as defenseman Kris Letang
, who missed a couple days of practice with maintenance days for some bumps and bruises, played in the contest. He was a game-time decision leading up to the contest.
But as one defenseman comes, another goes. The injury bug hit Ben Lovejoy
, who left the game after playing just over 5 minutes with a broken wrist.
“There is no time table right now,” Bylsma said. “We’ll have to evaluate where he’s at with that.”
The wounded defensive corps had to pitch in to make up for Lovejoy’s lost minutes. Letang (33:56), Orpik (28:46) and Martin (26:24) all shouldered heavy loads with Engelland (18:55) and Niskanen (16:38) also up in minutes.
Cy Clark, also known as Penguins superfan Malkamania, was in attendance at HP Pavilion to see his namesake go off on the Sharks. Evgeni Malkin
was running wild all over the Shark Tank with two goals and an assist for three points, a plus-2 rating, four shots and 22-plus minutes of ice time.
“Malkin is great,” James Neal
said. “He held onto the puck great and skated well. We’re seeing the same ‘Geno’ every game. He looks great.”
It was Malkin’s strongest performance since returning from a knee injury 10 days ago.
“The rest that he did get served him really well in terms of dealing with the issues that he had,” Bylsma said. “He had a couple good days of practice. He seemed really well now tonight. He was effective, strong, skating well.”
KING OF ENGELLAND
Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland
had one of the best games of his career against San Jose. He was physical, he fought, he scored a goal and he even led a scoring rush with a breakaway.
Engelland launched a shot from the far circle that beat netminder Antti Niemi just 24 seconds into the game to give Pittsburgh an early 1-0 lead. He delivered a big blow to big boy Joe Thornton. Later, Engelland showed his muscle by dropping the gloves with Ryan Clowe.
Engelland finished the game with a goal, a plus-3 rating, 5 penalty minutes, 3 shots, 2 blocked shots and 18:55 minutes of ice time.
Author: Sam Kasan