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Post-Game Player Reports

Game 4, Wednesday October 11, 2017

Penguins 3 @ Capitals 2

(Grade Scale: 0.00 – 5.0)


Centers

Sidney Crosby| Grade: 3.5

Crosby had a power play assist and posted a 48 CF% in the win. Crosby has points in all four games but was limited to one shot on goal for the second straight game. In the faceoff circle Crosby was 14-14 (50%) and rebounded after a rough first period, though he struggled mightily on offensive and defensive zone draws. Crosby was 3-11 (27%) on offensive zone draws and 3-8 (38%) in d-zone.


Evgeni Malkin | 3.9

Malkin was pointless in the win but he was active again in all threw zones. Had 4 shots on goal, 6 attempts and led all centers with a 53 CF% (17/15) at even strength. In the second period created an offensive turnover and just missed beating Holtby upstairs on a quick breakaway chance off the turnover.

 


Greg McKegg | Grade: 2.7

With the Penguins holding a 3-1 lead early in the third, McKegg took a slashing penalty at 1:38 of the period and then a high sticking penalty, 4:18 later. The stick penalties, though, didn’t land McKegg in the dog house as he would still see six shifts for the rest of the period. Offensively McKegg didn’t have a strong game in managing the puck.


Carter Rowney| Grade 3.6

After a strong game vs the Predators, Rowney saw his even strength minutes increase vs the Capitals, playing 9:08 during 5 vs 5 play and he led all Penguin forwards on the penalty kill in playing 4:56. Rowney’s ability on the PK is one way to separate from McKegg when Pittsburgh upgrades the third line center spot.


Wingers

Jake Guentzel | Grade: 3.7

Drew an offensive zone penalty in the second period and it was his most active game in getting pucks to the net. Guentzel had 4 shots on goal and 5 attempts.


Conor Sheary | Grade: 4.1

Through four games Sheary has been very up and down. Two high-impact games, two very low impact games. Sheary was strong in the win vs the Capitals. Netted the game winning goal in getting to the tough areas, hit a post in the second period off a rush play but I what liked most from him was the composure he had with the puck in certain situations. Was patient in creating offense, especially when possessing the puck off the wall.


Bryan Rust | 4.1

Rust in line for a new contract is off to an excellent start to the season. He continues to be very active offensively. Assist, 4 Shots on goal vs the Capitals. Rust has 5 assists on the year. Rust has also shined on the penalty kill in staying in passing lanes and pressuring very well with his speed along the wall. He’s emerged as a threat shorthanded as he gets the opposition on their heels.


Phil Kessel | Grade: 3.0

Kessel had no points and a minus-1 rating vs the Capitals. Defensively, it wasn’t a good night for Kessel as he lost his man (Christian Djoos) going to the net on the Ovechkin goal as Kessel got caught puck watching. Held to 2 shots on goal, Kessel’s goal production during 5 vs 5 situations will be something to still monitor. Dating back to last season, Kessel has just 2 even strength goals over his last 27 regular season games.


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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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