Jets 7 – Penguins 1
Starting your No. 1 goaltender in back-to-back games this early in the season isn’t always ideal and it sure back fired on Mike Sullivan and his staff.
Matt Murray was pulled 18:07 into the game, allowing 4 goals on nine shots as the Penguins disastrous play in the second night of a back-to-back continued in a 7-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night.
Things continued to spiral seconds after Murray was yanked.
Down 4-0 with a 1:53 left in the first period, Casey DeSmith entered the game for his NHL debut and eight seconds later Blake Wheeler scored his third of the night at 18:15 of the period to put the Jets up 5-0 as DeSmith allowed a goal on his first shot against.
10 shots in the first period for Winnipeg, 5 Goals.
The Jets would score 7 times on 24 shots by the end of sixty minutes.
DeSmith stopped 12 of 15 shots.
For Pittsburgh Murray looked off his game early on but the Penguins puck management game in front of him was about as bad as it was vs the Blackhawks on October 5th when the Penguins were waxed 10-1.
Pittsburgh’s poor puck management started with their star players from Kris Letang who had a dreadful game to Evgeni Malkin who turned the puck over at his own blueline that led to Murray getting yanked.
Tonight was Pittsburgh’s third defeat in 13 games of allowing at least 7 goals, all coming on the second night of a back-to-back.
A continued trend, the Penguins were held to one goal for the third straight game.
Pittsburgh’s lone goal was an Evgeni Malkin power play goal late in the second period as Pittsburgh’s 5 v 5 production continues to be non-existent.
Pittsburgh has 17 goals during 5 vs 5 play in 13 games, a clip of 1.31 per game.
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