Both Goalie Matt Murray and Defenseman Kris Letang returned to the lineup last night as the Pens played the Ducks on the west coast. Murray gave up just one goal and stopped 32 shots, while Kris Letang scored a goal and played very well last night on defense. Letang and Murray’s play, along with a great team effort turned into a 5-1 win in Anaheim.
Here is some audio from the post game.
Last night, the Pens scored early and took control of the game which is something they have not done thus often thus far this season. As a whole, it was probably their best effort of the season. Murray was very strong between the pipes, although it looks like he will not play in LA tonight. That sounds like it was part of the plan.
Pittsburgh would get goals from Malkin and Cullen in the first period. The Pens would give up a goal late in the first, which would be the only one in the game. Pittsburgh on the other hand, would tack on 3 more in the second and third period.
Cullen’s goal came on his Birthday, his 40th birthday. Coincidentally, he broke into the league with the Ducks many years ago. Talk about coming full circle.
Malkin’s goal was his 6th of the season, which puts him on pace for 48 goals. Although, he has not been the story early with regards to his play, if he continues scoring at this pace, people will start making him the story. With Geno scoring like this and Crsoby playing at such a high level, it is conceivable to say this is what Fans have been hoping to see from the two of them since they got started together.
As for other contributors last night, the Pens had Hornqvist, Rust, and Letang pitch in goals. Crosby finished with an assist and played very well.
So far in the Pens first 10 games, they are 7-0-1 when scoring a power play goal. So, it sounds like as the Pens power play goes, they go. As a whole, they have had a very balanced attack. Last night was a perfect example as they had 5 different goal scorers. One another note, Kris Letang last night not only had 2 points, but he led the team in minutes and shots.