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Snap Shots: Pens 3, Flames 2 (OT)

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Thoughts, musings and observations from the Pens' 3-2 overtime winner against the Calgary Flames.

* The Pens have played a lot of overtime games lately, taking part in seven already in November (3-4). Including tonight, three of Pittsburgh's last four games have gone into extra time.

After struggling in the early overtime games, the Penguins started working on it in practice. And it seems that the practices have paid off, that and getting the dynamic skating and puck skills of Kris Letang back in the lineup after missing eight games with a lower-body injury.

Jake Guentzel potted his team-leading 12th goal of the year to give Pittsburgh the victory.

* The happiest person in the building Monday night was winger Alex Galchenyuk. He scored his first goal of the season - and first as a Penguin - halfway through the first period. The look on his face and celebration was a manifestation of his excitement and relief. He then slammed his body into the glass and raised his arms to the heavens while screaming.

Galchenyuk cut to the slot and received a fortuitous bounce when Dominik Kahun's shot bounced right to Galchenyuk's stick. He made zero mistake snapping it home. Galchenyuk added an assist for a two-night game.

* There's no doubt that the best player on the ice tonight was center Jared McCann. He scored his ninth of the season, and could well threaten to put up 30 on the year. It would not surprise me.

McCann was all over the ice. Don't believe? Check out the career-high eight shots that he fired on the net and two points. And to think, the Pens gave up Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan to get him. Oh, and also swiped Nick Bjugstad in the deal for measure. 

* Goaltender Tristan Jarry made consecutive starts for Pittsburgh. And why not? He stopped 36 of 37 shots in a victory against New Jersey on Friday. In a way, he deserved a second look.

Jarry handled himself well. He wasn't shut down, but he battled. There were many shaky situations, too many for comfort. But Jarry found a way to keep many of those chances from ending up as goals. Jarry was at his best stopping Johnny Gaudreau on a breakaway in overtime. 

Goaltending is never a smooth endeavor. Games don't always go smoothly. Learning to fight through those highs and lows in a game is a valuable lesson for a young goaltender. Jarry gets the passing grade tonight.

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