Penguins 3 – Coyotes 1
A Justin Schultz goal 59 seconds into the game from an awful angle and then an Evgeni Malkin goal 2:08 later, the Penguins looked primed to have a big stats day against what some call the ‘AHL’ Coyotes.
Things, though, didn’t exactly play out that way as the Penguins would find themselves involved in a one-goal game early in the third period before Phil Kessel scored a power play goal at 6:06 of the third period to put the Penguins ahead 3-1.
The Penguins improved to 9-6-2 with the 3-1 victory. The Coyotes are an NHL worst 2-13-2.
It wasn’t a great performance from the Penguins considering the opponent playing the second of a back-to-back but teams often have inconsistent games when first returning home from a long road trip.
Pittsburgh was led by three point nights from Evgeni Malkin (Goal, 2 assists) and Phil Kessel (Goal, 2 Assists), while Matt Murray turned in a 24 save performance.
After hoping Kessel on the third line could jumpstart the bottom-6 during the road trip, Penguin coaches reunited Malkin and Kessel in the win with Jake Guentzel playing the left side.
“They were threats most shifts,” Sullivan said. “They’re playing hard right now, what our coaching staff really likes is how hard they’re playing, how committed they are.”
The line was very good in getting up the ice in transition and Guentzel had a great one-timer opportunity in the first period off transition that 9 out of 10 times would be a goal.
Pittsburgh’s lack of offense from the bottom-6 has been frustrating but the coaching staff is not maximizing what Jake Guentzel brings to the table if you’re playing him away from Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, and while there are always defensive concerns when putting Malkin and Kessel together if the two are not engaged mentally to play their own end, the team is wasting Kessel trying to think he can carry a third line with Riley Sheahan as the center.
Guentzel and Kessel should be parked in the top-6 no matter what.
Kessel leads Pittsburgh with 19 points on the season. 11 of Kessel’s 19 points have come on the power play.
— The Penguins had an underwhelming game again in burying pucks during 5 vs 5 play.
Arizona out-attempted Pittsburgh 43-39 and high danger chances were 8 to 7 Pittsburgh.
The Penguins are dead last in the NHL in 5 vs 5 goals. Interesting enough, Nashville is 30th.
Wouldn’t expect the Predators and Penguins to remain bottom-5………
— Pittsburgh fired 37 shots on goal but went 1-for-6 on the power play.
A stat you wouldn’t expect.
Sidney Crosby was held without a shot despite 8:22 of ice time on the power play. Only three Penguins were held without a shot:
Crosby, Riley Sheahan, Greg McKegg.
It was a bit of a difficult night for Crosby who has 13 points in 17 games and is a minus-12 rating.
He had 0 shots, 2 attempts, 44 CF%, 46 SCF%, 20 High Danger CF%.
— Conor Sheary is second on the team with 6 goals but we continue to see a trend of the coaching staff getting frustrated with his level of play in certain games and Sheary losing shifts.
The Sheary – Crosby – Hornqvist line was on the ice for a goal against 26 seconds into the third period and Sheary was benched for the next 7+ minutes, [hide] not seeing his next shift until 8:01 of the period. Sheary only played 2:16 in the third period.
Sheary’s linemates — Sidney Crosby had 10 shifts in the third, Hornqvist saw eight shifts — [/hide]
DePaoli, what’s the latest on the expansion draft? Pens going to lose Fleury?
Kessel and Guentzel need to stay parked in the top 6
Niemi got waived by Panthers LOL
That fraud should’ve retired right after his Stanley Cup win with the Hawks
I disagree. Toews isnt anywhere close to what hes made out to be, but hes still a mediocre player who could fill a nice role in someones bottom 6.
Thanks box score
Sam…give me an analysis on how you believe crosby and letang are playing to this point of the season
Is safari broken on my phone, or are there really no updates…no buzz on pens, steelers or any college game?
I think he is in process of selling this site to the highest bidder. Stain and gaydogg are currently highest bidders. I think you can even bid on this site through Ebay
Does that mean he is taking EBT card bids 🙂
Worth to try lol
This site sucks.
Fucken November and the jerkoff that runs it can’t put a single article together on the back end of two consecutive losses? Guy lives to crap on the team and won’t even take that opportunity… i can’t believe i came back for this! Legitimately stupid on my behalf.
Hey npl want to move to Canada starting January Ontario will have 15$ minimum wage and in 2019 it will be 16$. But I doubt you can come to Canada we don’t like fat and lazy people.
There is no more instant buzz on this site ever since D fired Stain
I don’t mind struggles in early November. There will be ebbs and flows every year. At least it gives is weaknesses to pay attention to with a ton of time to address them if need be.
What a game. Could care less they lost. Terrific effort. Horny, hags and Jarry were awesome. Pens are a 3rd line center away.
Non-clutch French Canadian? Shocking.
Letang for the win
Fuck, if only Sid could match Malkin or 50% of Kessel Pens would have won by now
Hey Sam, knock it off with all the down votes. You can’t blame anyone else now you fucken clown
Look who showed up…. shoot out specialist
He did rip his gooch tho
The fucken frog misses showing once again that frogs have been useless since Mario hung up the skates…
Gotta be Phil, right?
Max pac setting records for the leagues oldest franchise. Most OT goals, talk about clutch
Fucken lazy shit play by Crosby, leads to the penalty. Guys dogshit right now and Sam will blame Kessel because Crosby’s dick tickles his diaphragm
Malkin is a beast tonight
He always steps up when Sid is out
Gotta keep Sid away from Sheary… Crosby is killing the kids production
Dumo another great American.
USA! USA! USA!
Imagine how.good this team will be when they get Letang and Crosby back
God bless America
Win or lose… Sam sucks
I love how they call a tap to the gloves a penalty but you can punch a guy in the face but that’s not a penalty. Jee Bettman.
Watching Letang like
So fucken bad… Jesus
LD is killing it this season!
Incredible season. Fatwa!
Thank you for your service. Leon is a beauty!
Geno and Kessel to the rescue
Great American on Veterans Day.
I’m sure stain turned off his TV by now. While npl is cheering for preds thinking it’s the pens winning
All good guys… this is simply a personnel issue… all we need in an unobtainable player to pen in on the third line and that will fix all the glaring issues
PK Subban is…
Ya he is… if Montreal had a player like that they probably wouldnt be a doormat
Stan must be so butthurt about Montreal trading PK that he thumbs downed us both
Better than Letang.
Fucken Letangs dogshit year continues
I think they really need to cut back his playing time. He’s over freaking doing it. He’s trying to reach or something that hasn’t caught up to him since the long layoff.
Could be trying to do too much because of that time off.
He sucks. They need to cut his contract by trading his ass. The guy has no hockey sense. I don’t get why he plays so much, to begin with. He’s on the ice everytime the other team scores.
Fuckk i want Sid to break out bad here tonight. Fuck these slack jawed yokels
Sid still playing for the Pens
Premier Hockey Coverage
Except on the weekends. And 2 of the 5 weekdays.
I just love the title. DePaoli can’t keep a straight face when he added that.
FYI i have you both a thumbs up because someone disagreed with your comments. I’m assuming it’s stanch lurking behind the scenes… right sammich?
I miss Stanch.
Take a shot at Sam Bennett at 3C? They’re deep at defense, so can probably deal a winger for him.
Has Calgary given up on him? I know the news is speculating due to his shit start but
I have not spoken directly to their gm to verify. However, this is a message board where people post thoughts, feelings, go off of rumors etc and not just regurgitate facts.
Is this the same Bennett that same wanted to trade once upon a time with pens fraud Bennett
I highly doubt you were going to get Sam Bennett for Beau Bennett. Also, probably less likely that Calgary was ready to throw in the towel back then on a high pick….just like we were not ready to dump Pouliot till we exhausted his opportunities here.
Pens gave pouliot 2 years longer than you’re suggesting the flames give Bennett despite Bennett playin almost 180 nhl games, more than twice Pouliot and still putting up better everything than Pouliot
Oh so it’s cool to just propose shit with little validity so we can discuss the merits of shitt that will never fucken happen… cool. Letang for Doughty straight up is something I’d like to see. Also, i love Murray but we should just get Price in return for Murray because Price would thrive here. I’m i doing it right?
Now to make those work we may need a little more cap space so let’s trade Hagelin to one of the leagues bottom feeders with a pick to get their 1st
I have heard flames were shopping around for him and a new fresh start would do good for him he has a lot of potential and much more durable then Fraud Bennett that pens once had. His medical bills were probably higher then his salary.
Ryan Reaves deserves better
I dont know if the Pens are good or bad, but they sure are boring.
Dont turn your TV off just yet, Sam. I’ve seen the Pens come back from a 2 goal defecit late in the 3rd against the Caps before.
Good thing the PP has dried up, exposing all those PP specialists… on an unrelated note how many games has Sid gone goalless?
Pitt has reached a new low. I predicted Narduzzi would flop as a HC. I wonder if Pitt keeps him? They canned Wanny for not being successful enough, Now they have a coach that is not succat all.
Did you call this “flop” after a highly encouraging season last year? This down year was expected with key players graduating/going pro and fielding one of the youngest teams in the FCS. I am concerned with his lack of gameday managing skills and disinterest in changing his defensive scheme that is clearly not working, but will reserve judgement until he has a team full of his own recruits.
Pitt canned Wanny for all of the off field trouble he had. Wanny had the most successful 3 year stretch in ages when he was let go. Try again.
Have to agree with Dustin there was way too much off the field crap wit the recruits Pitt was bringing in. I think Narduzzi hasn’t had the chance to really get his team in. Also don’t over look that there has been three different OC’s recently.
D, you forgot to put the Pitt/UNC score on front page. I know how you love to post their embarassing losses since you were not smart enough to get accepted to Pitt.
I moved to south Carolina two weeks ago.
Cons – I can’t go to home games anymore.
Pros – Sam sucks.
You’ll have to get NHL.TV. it’s actually pretty sweet and well worth the price.
I have the Center Ice package so I can still catch all of the games. It was definitely a must have.
NHL.TV is awesome. Can watch the game while driving.
Lol, I have to use the radio function as my eyes wander off the road when the voices get excitable
Cons – you get to become the new Stain of this site by being here 24/7
Pros – you can become officially a bandwagon fan
NPL, what do you think the chances are of same getting pasted out this weekend?
Very high. Following the news of Roy Halladay pasting away, Sam will be pasted out halfway through the 2nd Bridgette Jones movie after “scuffing” a tub of ice cream (tub as in bathtub, cuz what else do you use those for in Quebec?)
Just yesterday we had some dumbass claiming there are no more thumbs downs since stanch left… well I will praise his restraint to play it off but scrolling down the page the usual suspects are getting the down votes and the sammich is still here so….
But you have to admit, the animosity and sophmoric personal attacks are down since Stanch left the free WiFi zone. Even the number of stupid Same posts is down.
Well, I am sure it is just the eye of the storm with sams stupid! He will be back
Stanchion is back
I kind of like the third line from last night. Not a lot of great options right now, but I like that speed on both sides of sheahan.
Agreed, despite the internal chit chat out here there was a lot to like about some of the combos last night. Zona is tough to use as a measuring stick overall but they have some solid players there and are capable of being better than they currently are so it may not be a stretch to say hopefully what we seen last night can be built upon
So pens are not good 5v5 so they depend on power play specialists? Can you confirm that to zerotool
Well lets do this again… basically nearly every year in the Crosby era the Pens have been a top 5v5 team with 2 of the exceptions so far being the Mike Johnston years. This year they have struggled out of the gate and have relied more on their special teams. THAT SAID they took the lead off of 2 5v5 goals last night while Sid went scoreless… even on the PP goal that iced it Sid was no where to be found. Guess my point is that when I took you apart over your claim that the team has “always”… Read more »
hi, do you think the report that we went hard after Duchene was true? I really think Sheahan is better on the 4th line (I am not a big fan in general). What are your thoughts on Galchenyuk at center if Montreal starts fading and wants to sell him for a reasonable return?
I’m not a Sheahan fan either. Not sure about Galchenyuk but they need someone else.
I was hoping the Pens could do for Sheahan what they have for guys like Cole, Niskanen and Schultz and that coax out the player that made them a high pick but at this point he’s looking like a better option for C4. It’s why I have suggested looking at Guentzel at 3C if they cannot bring in someone. The logistics of bringing in a C3 mean we will be opening and closing holes for a bit unless it can be accomplished solely by moving a winger and prospects/picks. That said… I kind of wanna keep Sprong. That said Bergevin… Read more »
I’ve seen people mention Eric Staal too as a possibility and Tyle Bozak came up again. What is nice about at least trying Guentzel at 3C (I agree with you that we should try it) is that it opens up a spot for Sprong on the wing and we don’t have to trade anyone to free up cap space.
I cant see Minny wanting to move Staal though. he is having quite the resurgence there. looks more like his old self again and they may have a couple other names dragging them down to look at 1st… Nito maybe 😉
Why would minny be sellers. Staal is costing nothing compared to fraud Parise. If one salary that they should dump is Parise salary. And last I checked since staal joined the wilds he has been doing good
Last you checked or in reading my post which said the exact same thing without having to crap on a US born player?
9 games no goals for Sid. Time to put him with Rusty and Sherry instead of Horny.
plus…fgoals count the same on the powerplay as they do 5v5…and crosby and letang are minus players thus far and crosby leades the league in minor penalties……I still like crosby and letang..but thats all sam likes because he doesnt understand hockey
The Pens need a wake up call……They can’t play defense, are horrible in the second game of back to backs, and the depth scoring isn’t there. They need a legit third line center and i think Sheahan in time will adjust and be a solid 4th line center. maybe someone like Galgenyuk or Erik Haula of Vegas would be a good fit.