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Insider Only Game 39 Player Reports: 1st Line/Pairing Dominate; 4th Line has impactful game

Post-Game Player Reports

Game 39  Sunday, January 8, 2017

Penguins 6 – Lightning 2

Top-5 Performers
Sidney Crosby
Matt Cullen
Kris Letang
Eric Fehr
Trevor Daley


Sidney Crosby| 2 Assists, +2, 4 SOG, 68 CF% (5v5)

Crosby picked up two assists to move into second in the NHL with points (44). A sustained shift early in the second period from the Crosby line saw a momentum change in the game as Conor Sheary put in a Bryan Rust rebound with Crosby earning a secondary assist. Crosby later added a primary assist on Phil Kessel’s third period goal. At even strength the Penguins controlled 68% of their shot attempts when Crosby was on the ice (17/8).

Season Stats: 33 GP – 26 Goals – 18 Assists – 44 Points

Evgeni Malkin | -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 53.1 CF % (5v5)

Malkin who entered the bye week leading the NHL in points, was held pointless in the Penguins six goal outburst. A strong suit for Malkin in this one was on offensive zone draws, winning 83% (5/6).

Season Stats: 39 GP – 16 Goals – 27 Assists – 43 Points

Nick Bonino | 1 Assist, +1, 2 SOG, 47.6 CF% (5v5).

Bonino assisted on Chris Kunitz second period goal, giving him 3 assists in his last four games. Bonino had a team-high 7 shot attempts and added 3 blocked shots.

Season Stats: 39 GP – 6 Goals – 12 Assists – 18 Points

Matt Cullen| 2 Assists, +2, 1 SOG, 47 CF% (5v5)

Cullen was on the ice for 3 goals for and had 2 assists, including a primary assist in setting up Eric Fehr for a 2-on-1 goal. Led all Penguin forwards with 3:15 on the penalty kill.

Season Stats: 39 GP – 7 Goals – 9 Assists – 16 Points

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