Earlier this season, we spent a couple weeks harping on the blueprint on how to beat the Penguins. In this game, the Penguins gave us the blueprint on how they’ll be able to hang with the best teams in the NHL later this season if they get the opportunity.
It involves staying alive long enough for the PP to come up huge. It was their downfall against San Jose. Yes, they had two PP goals, but the shorty surrendered to Marleau planted the seed for the Sharks’ comeback. Meanwhile in this game, the big boys got a chance halfway through the third period to tie the fucker up, and Malkin stepped up.
Another factor to this win? The ability to roll four lines for most of the game, especially on the back end of probably the toughest back-to-back in hockey. San Jose and Anaheim aren’t easy places to play, and you can almost forget about it when the teams are playing elite hockey.
People were freaking out after the Sharks loss, but let’s reassess this California trip. The Pens, and their backup goaltender, were a fluke goal away from taking the Sharks to overtime. Then the Pens turned around and took the Ducks to overtime and won in a shootout. They were outshot 78-39 in the process, but it’s promising nonetheless.
In building towards the playoffs you need moments to draw on. We believe Bylsma finally admitting that his third line is utter trash is a huge moment.
We aren't saying it is a solution, but pairing your best six forwards together is a whole lot better than having Brandon Sutter skate with Vitale and Tanner Glass.
Benchmark moment that led to the win.