The Pittsburgh Penguins have turned into the Walking Wounded yet again but that did not stop them today as they would go to Detroit and beat up on the Red Wings. Winning in Detroit is tough enough sometimes, but with the Wings chasing the Flyers for one of the last playoff spots, one would have figured that the Pens would have seen a very feisty Detroit team. Not so much today as Pittsburgh would use a big second period to hammer the Wings by the final score of 7-2.
The Red Wings were flat today and Phil Kessel and the Pens took advantage of them. Although, they came into the game missing not only Malkin, but also most recently Olli Maatta. Today, they would lose Chris Kunitz from a hit by Datsyuk in the second period, and although nothing has been announced, he is a game time decision tomorrow against the Rangers. The Pens also lost Brian Domoulin and they have already ruled them out for tomorrow.
Phil Kessel has been playing very well in the last month or so and today was another example of that as he would finish the game with a goal and 4 assists. He, Carl Hagelin and Nick Bonino were on the second line and absolutely were the best line on the ice. Hagelin would finish with 2 goals and Nick Bonino would equal Phil’s line with a goal and 4 assists. The three of them accounted for 4 goals and 12 points today.
Pittsburgh would go down 1-0 in the first period, and coming off of that flat outing against the woeful Devils, the second period just had to be better. And, you could say it was all of that as the Pens scored 4 times and put the game on ice. Pittsburgh would tack on 3 more goals in the third period as they would destroy the Wings today by the final score of 7-2.
The win kept the Pens in third place in the Metro division and at this point only 1 point out of third place. The Pens travel to New York to play the Rangers tomorrow night for a chance to move up even more in the standings.