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Snap Shots: Pens 5, Sens 3

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

Thoughts, musings, and observations from the Penguins 5-3 win against the Senators at PPG Paints Arena.

* The big story of tonight's game certainly was the trade for Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann from the Panthers. Their whirlwind trip from Florida, late arrival and just making it to the team's bench right before opening puck drop is an even crazier story than you can imagine. Check out Michelle Crechiolo's story on it tonight. 

* If Bjugstad and McCann hadn't made it by puck drop, I would have loved to see the team play Kris Letang at forward. He certainly plays like one at times and can handle the extra minutes. 

* The other big news from today was that center Evgeni Malkin has an upper-body injury. He is listed as day-to-day though he did not play tonight and will not play Saturday night in Toronto. 

* With Malkin out of the lineup, Bjugstad took his spot as the second-line center with Bryan Rust and Phil Kessel. Bjugstad picked up his first point as a Penguin with an assist on Rust's second period goal. 

* Rust would add a second goal in the game in the third period. He has three goals in his last three games. Rust has 14 goals on the season, one shy of tying his career high (15, 2016-17). Not bad for a guy that had one goal in the opening 29 games. 

* Sidney Crosby was showing why he is a nightmare for opponents with his play on the walls. Crosby grabbed a puck in the corner, wheeled around Matt Duchene into the circle while shielding the puck with his body and then made a perfect pass across the slot to Jake Guentzel, who finished. Guentzel gets the layup, but Crosby earned the goal. 

* Teddy Blueger played in his second career NHL game, and scored his first career NHL goal. Blueger made a great play to force a turnover at the opposing blue line to keep the puck in the offensive zone. It was collected by Matt Cullen, who found Blueger in the high circle. Blueger went glove side with a perfect corner shot for the marker. 

* Cullen was wearing the "A" as alternate captain with Malkin's absence. 

* The Pens had a 4-1 lead with just under seven minutes to play in the third period. The Sens struck twice in an 82-second span to make it a 4-3 with 4:52 remaining. The Pens did a good job of not folding and shrugging off the back-to-back tallies. Pittsburgh responding with Guentzel scoring his second goal of the game and Pittsburgh held on for the win. 

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