The Steelers’ LeVeon Bell had an outstanding week, putting up nearly 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Penguins decided to follow suit, winning by a “touchdown” in a blowout 7-0 victory over the Coyotes.
The Coyotes are certainly not a terrific team. They are in a rebuilding stage and have a ways to go before becoming a playoff threat. That said, the Penguins kept the pedal to the metal against a depleted Coyotes lineup.
Here is a quick recap of how the Penguins scored all of those 7 goals:
Scott Wilson started the 7 goal parade on a perfectly placed shot. He had the puck and was drifting to his left in the offensive zone towards the face off dot. Wilson waited for Kuhnhackl to get in front of Smith to screen him, and Wilson used the screen to his advatnage, rifling a wrist shot high glove to give the pens a 1-0 lead.
The Penguins continued to score goals in the 2nd…4 of them to be exact. The first goal was off of a rare Ekman-Larsson turnover. He was behind his own cage with the puck and on a clearing attempt, he muffed it. The puck popped into the slot to Nick Bonino, who put a quick shot on that caught Smith by surprise.
Daley had the next Pens goal, scoring on a similar play to Bonino’s goal. A Coyotes defenseman tried to get the puck away from Kessel, but by doing that set up a one-timer for Daley, who leaned into it and got all of it, rifling it past Smith.
The Penguins would continue the scoring, leading the the eventual goaltender change for the Coyotes, on a goal by Rust. Rust simply skated the puck into the slot and put a high shot on goal. There was traffic in front, including Bonino, and the puck found its way through the traffic and through Smith. Enter Domingue.
Already leading 4-0, the Penguins finally converted on the power play on another incredible goal by Crosby. Mallon let a slap shot go that hit the post and popped in the air. Domingue had no idea where the puck was, but Sid did. He patiently waited for the puck to drop below the crossbar and batted the puck in for his NHL leading 21st goal of the season.
In the 3rd, Kessel found the back of the net, taking the opportunity to unleash a rare slap shot on the right wing that beat Domingue to the glove side.
Schultz completed the scoring for the pens, and for the game. He scored on a power play, giving him his 4th of the season.
- When the Penguins led 4-0 in this game, Sid, Malkin, Kessel, and Letang had a combined 0 points. The scoring depth is there, and it should scare every other 29 teams in the NHL.
- Scary moment as Crosby got high stocked and went to the locker room. He was not out for the first shift of the 2nd, but returned shortly after that with a fat lip and likely a few stitches. Hockey.
- The PP fell dormant for a while, but it now has 5 goals in the last 2 games. Here’s to hoping it stays hot.
- Murray had a tremendous game. He had to make a few sparkling saves, despite the blowout score, and deserved his 32 save shutout.
- Justin Schultz won everyone in attendance a Big Mac. Thanks Schultzy.