Letang a force in all three zones and other key takeaways in Penguins 3-1 win over Flames


PENGUINS 3 – FLAMES 1 In their first game of the season without captain Sidney Crosby, the injury-riddled Pittsburgh Penguins found a way to get past the Calgary Flames Friday night, 3-1. The Penguins picked up two points against a hard-working Flames team that has played well beyond expectations so far this season, but are starting to fade of late, losing their fourth straight. Blake Comeau (9) and Kris Letang (5) scored first period goals and Rob Klinkhammer (4) added a late third period goal to seal the win over the Flames. Evgeni Malkin added two assists. Marc Andre Fleury made 26 saves, earning his 16th win of the season. — Main takeaways from Friday’s game — THE RETURN OF KRIS LETANG After missing the past few weeks with a groin injury, Kris Letang’s first game back was a statement contest for a defenseman with Norris Trophy aspirations. On topRead More »

Key Observations from the Penguins 4-3 overtime loss to the Red Wings


DETROIT 4 – PITTSBURGH 3 (OT) OBSERVATION #1 – DEFENSIVE BREAKDOWNS Defensive breakdowns were the story line for the Penguins 4-3 overtime loss Thursday night to the Detroit Red Wings. If the Penguins want to count themselves among the elite teams in the Eastern Conference, it’s going to have to start in their own zone. Teams that win hockey games in April, May and June don’t blow two-goal leads in the third period like the Penguins did tonight. On both of Niklas Kronwall’s goals, the forwards were caught running around in their own zone. In each instance, the forwards were too low in their own zone and the team had four players below the hash marks. With that amount of traffic in front, and with giving the Detroit blue liners that time and space to work with, it’s hard to fault goaltender Thomas Greiss. Even Mike Johnston said in hisRead More »