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So he can break one of the sport’s time-tested stereotypes worth two out of three against an opponent in a regular season series.
And since the schedule of the NHL this season is limited to games only for divisions due to the pandemic, the Penguins will only face seven different opponents in 2020-21.
With the victory on On Saturday they played two of three games in a row against the Flyers. As terrible as the home defeat against the Flyers 4: 3 on Thursday was, the Penguins were able to get four out of six points against their rivals from this series, while the Flyers were limited to two points.
The beat about seven hours northeast New York Islanders beat the miserable Buffalo Sabers 5-2 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
It was the Islanders’ second win in a row against the Sabers, and they’ll get a chance to score two more points against this terrible team on Sunday The islanders, who have already played five times against the Sabers this season and have scored five wins, are now in first place in the East Division with 32 points.
In the meantime, the Despite all their malfunctions and discrepancies, Penguins fell five points back to fifth place with 27 points.
After playing against only five of the six best teams in the division, the Penguins have the chance e to approach mid-season with 16 games against the Sabers – a team they have historically dominated in the career of Captain Sidney Crosby – and the not-so-terrible New Jersey Devils.
Of the 35 games that the penguins still have on their program will play almost 50 percent (45.7%) against the Sabers and Devils.
This is how the rest of the division ranks in relation to the games against the Sabers and Devils:
Given how disjointed the Penguins have been from game to game this season, they can easily face less competition, even the Sabers with the sad sack. And the devils always give the penguins problems, no matter where one of the two teams is in the overall standings. Plus, as has been the case all season, in the face of the pandemic, almost anything related to the schedule or roster can happen.
But the Penguins (with a push of the scheduler) gave each other a chance to make a solid one Secure place in the playoffs as they played against the best teams in the division for the first seven weeks of the season. Like an invading army, they sit outside the castle, waiting for the right time to attack.
Starting next week, with two street games against the Sabers, they’ll have to do their business against two of the worst teams in the entire NHL. </ "We beat a pretty good ice hockey team," said Sullivan. “Of course we would have liked to have won all three. But the fact that we won two of the three is positive from our point of view. Now we have to move on to the next task. "
The Flyers scored the first goal at 6:08 am in the first period. After a poor turnover in the offensive zone of Penguins striker Sam Lafferty, Flyers striker Scott Laughton tapped a puck in the neutral zone, past Penguins Defender Marcus Pettersson to score a tackle with Flyers striker Travis Konecny, and after a handful of passes between the two, Konecny leaned over and hacked a one-timer from below the left circle at goalkeeper Tristan Jarry’s blocker on the Laughton had the lone assistant.
A power play goal at 7:54 in the first half brought the game to 1-1 from the left wall of the offensive zone Crosby shot a cross-ice pass into the right circle and hit Evgeni Malkin with a step forward. Malkin took the pass on his forehand and went behind the net. Flyers defender Travis Sanheim with the goal Keeper Brian Elliott collided and prevented him from keeping his position in the crease, Malkin was able to pocket a backhand wraparound for his fifth goal. Crosby and striker Jake Guentzel collected assists.
The Penguins took another 2-1 lead at 6:01 pm with another power play goal thanks to a precise passing game that brought the Flyers’ penalties to a standstill. From the right point, Malkin fed Crosby a cross-ice pass on the left circle. To allow the game to develop, Crosby gave Güntzel a pass to the right circle that hit the puck to the left of the crease, where striker Bryan Rust shot past Elliott’s right skate with a forehand shot to score his eighth goal. Assists went to Güntzel and Crosby.
Another power play goal, this time from the Flyers, brought the game 2: 2, 1:20 into the second round. Flyers striker Kevin Hayes took a pass down the left half wall of the offensive zone and stepped into the near circle. He picked up a wrister who slapped Jarry over the right shoulder on the near side for his eighth goal. An effective screen from Flyers striker Nolan Patrick prevented Jarry from seeing the shot. The assists were credited to defenders Ivan Provorov and Konecny.
The Flyers regained a 3-2 lead at 12:04 p.m. After some strong work by Flyers strikers Jakub Voracek and Laughton on the right boards of the offensive zone, Flyers defender Shane Gostisbhere set the puck in the right place and partially uncorked a cannon burst from a slapper that blew past Jarry’s gloved hand on the near side thanks to a moving screen from Voracek. It was Gostisbehere’s third goal from assists from Laughton and Voracek.
Things were tied again at 6:10 pm late in the second period. After Sanheim fumbled a puck in his own right corner, Penguin striker Brandon Tanev set it down on the right half of the wall and led it back into the corner for striker Zach Aston-Reese. From there, Aston-Reese shot a shot from a poor angle that pushed into the cage under Elliott’s left leg to score his fourth goal. The only assistant went to Tanev.
Penguin striker Jared McCann’s fifth goal of the season gave the Penguins a 4: 3 lead at 10:41 in the third half. After reaching the center offensive zone, Malkin dropped a drop pass in a cross sequence with McCann, who gave a forehand pass to Tanev, who raced off the bench on the left wing. Tanev avoided a poke check from Flyers defenseman Justin Braun and picked up a wrister on the net from the left circle. Elliott made the first save, but allowed a ricochet over the fold McCann made with a forehand shot. Tanev and Malkin collected templates.
• This game was a sloppy affair. That said, it was entertaining. It wasn’t a tech-savvy competition by either team. There were a lot of mistakes on both sides and it resulted in some fun back and forth movements. This writer has always believed that a 4-3 game is the perfect type of game from an entertainment standpoint. That’s what this game did.
• The Penguins power game had a multiple-goal performance for the second time this season. Each of the goals they scored came from a strong seam that really stretched the Flyers’ penalties and opened up scoring opportunities.
• With a margin of one goal in the last nine minutes of regulation, the Penguins really leaned on them Top defensive pairing of Brian Dumoulin and Letang and the duo of Ceci and Mike Matheson. Letang, Dumoulin and Matheson each had four shifts in the final 9:11 of the game after McCann’s starting goal. Ceci has now had three shifts.
• McCann continues to strengthen himself when the team needs him. He now has four points (three goals, one assist) in five games since returning to the line-up, replacing the injured Jason Zucker on the left wing of the second line (mainly). And it’s not that his goals were a dazzling hang from the wing or a cute snipe. He just went into the net and kicked off.
• Last Sunday, Malkin said his game was coming. Six days later it is still on the way. But it’s on the right track. He was involved in three of the team’s goals, including a strong zone entry that led to McCann’s goal. Game-to-game consistency was an issue for him. So let’s see how he does against the Rangers on Sunday before putting his name on the Hart Memorial Trophy ballot, but he’s starting to warm up.
• Dumoulin returned after missing 15 games due to one unknown injury back to the lineup. And he wasn’t exactly set back as he recorded 23:46 Ice Age in 31 shifts, including 5:45 on penalties. He looked the way he usually does. That said, he was just a stabilizing unit that rarely seemed out of position.
• Penguins forward Evan Rodrigues was also back. He mostly ran on the fourth line, logged in 16 shifts 10:39 Ice Age and was 2 to 4 (50 percent) on faceoffs. It would be a stretch to say he had an impact on this game, but it does offer a small upgrade over most of the players who put them on the fourth row.
• Pettersson had a tough game when he was three Had to take punishments. (He came into play all season with just two penalty minutes). And while the first goal wasn’t exactly his fault, he wasn’t in the right position in the sequence that led to the tackle.
• The officials seemed to be using a fairly strict standard in the early parts of the game. There were a total of 11 penalties that resulted in seven power games. As the third period went around, officers whistled their whistles and let go of a few more things.
• A notable exception to this observation came late in the first period at 6:58 pm of the first period when Gostisbehere was with McCann the left shoulder seemed to hit the head:
McCann seemed fine after the sequence, so don’t hold your breath for additional discipline.
• Although the officers in the In the first two periods we were quite generous in sending people into the box, this game was pretty heated throughout. There were lots of post-whistle activities like scrums and facewashes. Given this was the third game in a row between these rivals, it was to be expected.
• Jarry looked like he could use a day off and will likely get one on Sunday as the Penguins play games on consecutive days. This was easily his least impressive game in the last three weeks.
• Jarry (43 wins) surpassed Michel Dion and Wendell Young (42 each) to take 12th place on the franchise goalkeeper winning list.
• Güntzel (221 points) surpassed striker Aleksey Morozov (219) for 39th place on the franchise’s career scoring list.
« He has a knack for the net, he has an incredible shot and me think he’s got great confidence right now. He feels the puck, he shoots the puck well. If you have one or two you see. Right now he’s playing right, he’s playing a full 200 foot game and he’s a great teammate It shows there. He’s getting rewarded. «
» He’s confident. You can see it in his game. He’s using his skating ability to his advantage, whether it’s losing pucks on the Pre-check to come and try to find that open space, you saw it there on its target hen he just used his skate to get to that ricochet and deploy it. «
» Jared is playing a solid game right now. We always knew he had the ability to finish. He has a good shot, he can find the back of the net. It’s more about playing the game at just one play certain ways that gives him a chance to keep the looks. And usually if he gets the looks he’ll score. He tries to do the little things out there, he’s got good speed. I think his wall play has improved. I think he’s putting himself in those areas of the rink where he needs to get the look. As a result, I think he’s starting to score. Like any player, having the puck for She goes into the net. That gave Jared a big boost. «
» (Malkin) had a good game. He’s competing out there, he’s commanded the puck a lot. He felt like a threat every time he did went over the boards. Then he’s at his best r was a differentiator in the game (today). The goal was dynamic. It was an all-round good game for everyone involved. But it is certainly a goal scorer’s goal. But (Malkin) had an impact on the game on either side of the puck. We got used to expecting that from him because he’s such a generational talent. I hope he can build on that and keep getting better for us. “
Seth Rorabaugh is a contributor to the Tribune Review. You can contact Seth by email at [email protected] or on Twitter.
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