MORNING PENS BUZZ
The Penguins Monday night rallied on a Chris Kunitz goal with 3:19 left in regulation to pick up a point. Kunitz game tying goal was almost identical to the Penguins game tying goal vs the Panthers a little over a week ago on how it played out.
Out of an icing, Florida wins the puck back but Kunitz with great anticipation gets to the puck first off the draw and does the rest from there.
Kunitz on a bit of a resurgence has 13 points in his last 12 games. His improved play is also happening with the Penguins playing a system that resembles his best years under Bylsma.
This was a game that was truly a 50-50 game.
Florida carried the play early, Pittsburgh then carried the play for a long stretch late in the first and through the second. Florida regained a territorial edge in the third, outshooting Pittsburgh 12-7 in the third after being outshot 12-6 in period two.
You could argue both teams deserved a point.
— Phil Kessel blew a chance in overtime to win the game, the type of scoring chance he’s paid to bury. After a strong game vs the Hurricanes, Kessel struggled to create inside the dots 5 v 5, (area that’s a big frustration with the coaching staff) and had a rough corsi night, on the ice for just 7 shot attempts, 17 against (29%).
— Before everyone is ready to anoint Sidney Crosby as the best player in the game again, let’s not forget Patrick Kane is now up to 34 goals and 82 points, a 29 point lead over Crosby. At least for this season, the honor is with Kane.
— When Crosby’s not setting the world on fire with Lemieux like production, the AHL guys playing with energy working hard narrative being so great for the team suddenly loses steam.
— The Penguins were 15-10-3 in 28 games under Mike Johnston, earning 33 out of a possible 56 points. Under Mike Sullivan the Penguins are 13-9-5, earning 31 out of a possible 54 points. Despite the improvements in some key areas, maybe this is just who they are.