The Penguins pulled off a resilient victory Tuesday night, 5-4, over the Rangers in overtime. They improved to 4-2-1 on the season. Here are the Three Takeaways.
Even When They’re Bad, They’re Good Enough
I don’t think it’s criminal to say the Penguins didn’t play their best game on this night. It was ugly as many players struggled through what probably could’ve been a much better game. Sidney Crosby took two penalties, one of them a double minor, before scoring the game winning goal. More on that later. Defensively, the Penguins are still a mess. They’re the highest paid unit in the league. They aren’t getting highest-paid-unit-in-the-league production. Matt Murray wasn’t even as sharp as he usually is and, yet, the Penguins still came out on top. Those three star forwards you’ve been criticizing (Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel)? They all scored.
Are you kidding me? Crosby with another goal on Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist from below the goal line. Truly, this guy is unbelievable. The even crazier part is the fact that he had the where-with-all to let Kevin Shattenkirk touch a puck Crosby couldn’t play because Patric Hornqvist gloved it and throw it towards an unexpecting Lundqvist with less than a minute to play from below the goal line to tie the game. Ridiculous. He really is just a man on a mission who does stupidly good things at the most important times.
Death By Penalty
This team has been very undisciplined to open the season. They’re taking such stupid penalties at inconvenient times. They were on the penalty kill six times Tuesday. They were scored on twice, both times were off of Crosby’s double minor penalty. They rank in the top-10 in the penalty kill category but a lot of that has to do with the amount of times they’ve been on the penalty kill. They’re also killing penalties with almost an entirely new unit after the losses of Nick Bonino and Matt Cullen in the offseason. They are doing well but need to cut down on how many they make these guys kill.