Another game where the Penguins played well enough to win. Another game where they don’t come away with two points. This time they made it to overtime and earned the bonus point so… progress?
The game ended abruptly on a Flip Forsberg end to end rush where he beat Tristan Jarry glove side. It wasn’t without controversy.
Crosby was picked by Ryan O’Reilly and Forsberg, one of the league’s best goal scorers, had a free pass to the net. The Penguins bench reaction was that of shock nothing was called
Most times after an overtime loss the team heads directly to the room. The pick was so egregious that the Penguins players were expecting something to happen about it. It’s a real tough way to drop a point.
The Penguins battled back from an 0-2 hole to earn the tie. It was Evgeni Malkin’s first point in three games.
With Bryan Rust back in the lineup Drew O’Connor drew in with the Malkin line. This means there is no longer a place for Alex Nylander. He had a great opportunity to carve out more time in the NHL during this latest call up. He didn’t do anything with it and I can’t imagine they will be looking at him the next time around.
Bryan Rust’s return also meant Bryan Rust is back on the top line and good thing he is. He scored the tying goal in the third period in his first game back
One of the best lines in hockey is reunited and not a moment too soon. The Penguins will have the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday and the Lightning now have Andrei Vasilevskiy back after a long injury absence. Tampa Bay isn’t near the top of the standings anymore. They aren’t a buzz saw as they once were. They also were getting bottom third goaltending. That is likely to change now.
Back at it Thursday.
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