What We Learned: Odd-Man Breaks resurface in 4-2 loss to TB

 

Odd-Man Breaks resurface in 4-2 loss Pittsburgh’s 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning had a lot of ebbs and flows. The first period was all Tampa Bay. They controlled possession and zone time, putting up 16 shots in period one and led 2-0 after twenty. From there, it turned into more of a back and forth game. Matt Murray kept the Penguins hanging around and what they’ve done so well all season, Pittsburgh had some really good stretches in the final 40 minutes with their push back, especially below the dots in the offensive zone. Matt Murray 25 Saves, .897 SV%  Andre Vasilevskiy 29 Saves, .935 SV% But, the story of this game was the breakdowns at inopportune times. Some of the bad habits Pittsburgh has been very good at avoiding this season popped up against an opponent that will make you pay. What’s going to dictate a deepRead More »

Penguins fall to Lightning

 

4 – 2 (F) *Conference Finals Preview? Penguins fall to Lightning 4-2 *Andre Vasilevskiy improved to 15-0-2 in his past 17 starts *PIT led for 0:00, went 0-5 on the power play *Averaging 1.4 PPG, Evgeni Malkin (17G-39A-56Pts) continues to be a points machine with a goal, assist *John Marino Goal (5), left game in 3rd after taking puck to cheek.

Inside the Metro: Ovechkin’s dominance, heavy Western Conference interest in Chris Kreider

 

INSIDE THE METROPOLITAN DIVISION *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* Washington Capitals, 77 pts, 1st in Metro | A hat trick for Alex Ovechkin Tuesday night gives him 40 goals in 53 games as he now sits at 698 career goals…….. Some will make a huge deal of the $9.2 million cap hit, (it’s just 11% of the cap), but Capital fans should love the Nicklas Backstrom extension signed last month because of the term. Washington will be paying for ages 33-37. Backstrom is such a cerebral player, Washington should get at least three good to very good seasons out of Backstrom……. The most significant development for the Capitals this season is the emergence of Ilya Samsonov. On a rookie deal for one more season, it’s a huge turn of events in extending their window as there’s every reason at seasons end to say thanks to Braden Holtby for all your contributions toRead More »

22 Goals in 37 Games for Bryan Rust

 

— Picking up where he left off prior to the All-Star break, Bryan Rust scored his 22nd goal of the season in the Penguins 4-3 win over the Flyers. Originally credited with one goal in the win, the NHL on Saturday announced a scoring change in giving Rust an assist on Evgeni Malkin’s second period goal. Rust now has 22 goals and 23 assists in just 37 games this season, including nine multiple point games. —