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Penguins beat Flyers 3-2
The Penguins rebounded Tuesday night and got a much needed win against the Philadelphia Flyers. They played better but they are not out of the woods just yet
Pascal Dupuis was moved up to the 1st line and performed well. Dupuis led the Penguins with five shots and blistered a slap shot from the left circle to score the Penguins game winner in OT
The Penguins at times controlled the play especially for a few shifts in the middle of the second period. Dupuis had three great chances on a shift early in the second and the Penguins could have pulled away but they didn’t.
The Penguins did not clean up their own end well. On the Flyers first goal the Penguins had two opportunities to get the puck out of their zone and failed to do so which led to Jeff Carters goal. 21 seconds later Sidney Crosby lost a defensive zone face off and Simon Gagne deflected a Kimmo Timonen slap shot from the right point
Miroslav Satan had some prime scoring chances and failed to bury the puck. The past two games he has performed better but he struggles along the boards when pressured
Evgeni Malkin is on the brink of a breakout game. Malkin has improved every year at using his size down low in the offensive zone. Major difference between year 1 and year 3.

The Penguins were 1-6 on the power play and are now 3-24 on the year. Brooks Orpik scored the Penguins lone power play goal. The first team power play lacks a presence in front of the net and Jordan Staal is not getting the job done at this moment. Alex Goligoski continues to be very tentative to shoot the puck from the point.
Petr Sykora does a great job of finding the soft spots in the slot and the Penguins need to look for that play on the power play
Matt Cooke and Mike Zigomanis had solid games. Zigomanis appears to be a good find for the Penguins because he addresses a need on face-offs and on the penalty kill. Michel Therrien used Matt Cooke on the fourth line and also gave him some shifts with Malkin and Sykora. Cooke leads the NHL in hits
A Dustin Brown/Jordan Staal trade has been a popular subject among fans and some of the local media. The Kings would never make that trade.
Check back later this afternoon for the latest rumblings surrounding the Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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