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Penguins – Blackhawks Takeaways

— Scoring 15 seconds into the game, the Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-1, 5 pts) never took the foot off the gas in cruising to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks (0-2-1, on Saturday night —


Teddy Blueger – Goal (2), 18:45 TOI
Brock McGinn, Goal (1), Assist
Drew O’Connor, Goal (1), Assist
Danton Heinen, Goal (3), 1 SOG
Jason Zucker, Goal (1, SHG), 4 SOG)

Top Storyline: The Fleury/Blackhawks marriage is off to a rocky start. With a ton of talk about Fleury calling it quits after the season when his contract expires, he might be ready to call it quits by January with the way this might go. Fleury was atrocious in the loss, a nightmarish performance for him in allowing 4 goals on 10 shots in just 11:25 of action. Fleury just never looked right and didn’t give his club a chance on this night when Pittsburgh stormed out of the gates. It’s well noted the Blackhawks give up a ton of chances and was that on display in a big way against an undermanned Penguins club that dominated the neutral zone with speed and were gaining the offensive zone in the first period like the Blackhawks were playing a pick up hockey game on the pond. There is just no defensive system in place with that hockey club.


253: Mike Sullivan became the winningest coach in Penguins history with win No. 253. Last season (The REGULAR SEASON) was Mike Sullivan’s greatest coaching job since the spring of the 2015-2016 season where he completely transformed the way the Penguins play and how the Penguins became a system team. Three games in to the 2021-2022 season and it’s been more of the same of how the next man mentality just keeps things rolling for the Penguins. What we’re seeing already this season is why despite three straight first round exits and some philosophical differences on whether the Penguins need to play a heavier game play zero factor last off-season on the new regime even discussing the need for a coaching change. They believe Sullivan is a top-3 coach in the game and he’s proving it again thus far.


5 vs 5: Pittsburgh outscored Chicago 4-1 during 5 vs 5 Play in the win


24-5: Pittsburgh’s Shot Attempts Advantage in the first period of play, including a 20-4 edge in period one at even strength


3: Danton Heinen scored for the third straight game and is the first player since Evgeni Malkin in Oct 2006 to score in his first three games as a Penguin.


82.4 CF%: Pittsburgh’s 4th line of Drew O’Connor – Brian Boyle – Dominik Simon dominated possession. O’Connor posted an 82.4 CF%, on the ice for 14 shot attempts and 3 against at 5 vs 5, following by Boyle at 75% and Simon at 72%. The line was on the ice for just one shot against.


+4: Marcus Pettersson posted a team high +4 rating in the win. Pettersson had zero games in 2021-2022 above a +2 rating.


12-2-1: Tristan Jarry’s record over his last 15 Regular Season Starts

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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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