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Insider Only Penguins – Sharks: The Fleury Bailout, Letang’s game lacking just about everything

Great game played by the Penguins in tonight’s 5-1 win? Absolutely not.

Great result to start a four game road trip? Of course it was.

The Penguins ability to keep finding ways to pick up points continued in a game they were hemmed in their own end far too often, out attempted 75-48 in the game and 64-38 at even strength.

It’s been the season of the Fleury Bailout and Fleury was sensational in the win during stretches the Sharks controlled the play.

From Fleury, to puck luck, everything bounced the Penguins way tonight.

Post-Game Buzz

Evgeni Malkin continues to just be on another level. When Malkin’s been at his best for stretches in the past, 11-12 season of note, he’s a puck hound in the offensive zone and that’s him right now.

If there’s an attainable loose puck, he’s winning it. The explosiveness and the anticipation he’s playing with has him a step ahead of the game. He’s tracking puck carriers so well.

— The Penguins were getting badly outplayed but holding onto a 3-1 lead in the third and the Sharks get caught for a too many men penalty. David Perron tallies a power play marker making it the seventh straight game the Penguins have scored a power play goal. One of the best signs over the last two weeks.

Phil Kessel’s first multi-goal game as a Penguin and it was probably the easiest multi-goal game of his career. A wacky bounce off Paul Martin’s skate on an attempted pass for his first period goal and then an empty net goal.

Matt Cullen put together an excellent game and was rewarded with a flukey goal in the second. Cullen has been much more effective in these skating games against Western Conference teams.

— The Sharks No. 1 defenseman Brent Burns was on the ice for 35 Shot Attempts For, 15 Against (70 CF%) at even strength. The Penguins No. 1 defenseman Kris Letang was on the ice for 6 Attempts, and a whopping 35 Against (15 CF%).

Letang struggled all night with managing the puck and remains a mess with his reads Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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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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