During the preseason a lot of us got tingly in the right parts while watching the Top Line pick up where it left off last regular season. For various reasons that line just hasn’t been clicking this season, though in fairness overall the Pens 5v5 hasn’t been off the charts impressive either. Less than two minutes into the game it was the big boys showing up.
CONOR SHEARY (5) Assisted by GUENTZEL (4) & CROSBY (6) @ 1:25
So much good happens in just this gif.
- Guentzels vision and ability to execute a pass to open space in anticipation of Sheary getting there while skating one on one at full speed
- Sheary seeing the pass and making an unusual cut towards the puck, so many times you hear coaches say “don’t let the puck come to you, go to the puck,”and this is why
- Guentzels ability to stick this pass between a stick and skates so only Sheary can get to it.
Not a bad way to start, Sheary with 5 goals in 11 games is on pace for 37 by the way.
After a quick goal it seemed like this might be another who gives a fuck about defense game between these two teams but things actually settled down and resembled competent hockey.
8 minutes after the Sheary goal it was the Jets answering off of a faceoff with Jim Morrison getting the goal through the Doors of Perception:
Tough defensive zone loss by Sheahan, who nicely won 69% of his draws in his first game as a Penguin. Really have no clue why Letang would even have his stick that high up, let alone try to knock that out of mid-air, but at least he didn’t get injured on the play.
The rest of the first would actually go scoreless which was pretty uncharacteristic for both of these teams.
The Penguins failed on 3 powerplay opportunities in the second period and the Jets failed on their only chance of the period as well. Both teams failed at generating any even strength scoring, also. Neither team scored a shorthanded goal, either. This has basically been 3 sentences to tell you nobody scored in this period, sorry for wasting your time.
Highlight of the period was new Pittsburgh favorite JuJu was in attendance:
I’m sure some yinzer somewhere got mad about him wearing a hockey jersey.
Though the game was turning into another goaltender battle, Sidney Crosby made his presence felt throughout the period; I feel like the things Crosby does that don’t result in goals are almost better than the things he does that do, and often under-appreciated.
With 20 seconds left Kris Letang tries some miraculous spin pass to himself off the boards in the defensive zone that didn’t work and resulted in a 2 on 1 for Winnipeg. Luckily for Letang it was Brian Dumoulin back for the Penguins, who picked up right where he left off with the Edmonton game with another solid piece of defensive work in this one.
Nobody would be a regulation hero and the Pens were heading to overtime for the second straight game.
The Penguins started with Crosby-Guentzel-Letang and they possessed the puck for their entire shift but eventually ran out of gas and nothing transpired. The Jets took their turn and gave the puck to Laine who turned the puck over to Phillip.
Phil Kessel picked up the puck 150 feet away from the Winnipeg goal, what can an “out of shape” “hotdog loving” “fake superstar” do in this situation?
Phil took the puck and his one nut and out skated Patrik Laine every inch of those 150 feet to score his 300th career goal.
PHIL KESSEL (4) @ 1:07
Remember when the Pittsburgh media was all over Phil last season? What a player.
- Matt Murray is kind of good, currently 7-0-1 this season = not bad. Here is his body of work since the Chicago Dumpster Fire
- Solid defensive game for the Pens considering they were missing Schultz and had to use Trotman and Ruhwedel throughout. Trotman was a solid choice based on having some NHL experience.
- Phil Kessel, man, Phil Kessel.
Fuck Morozov, so much hope and dreams wasted on him in my youth.
Geno, you best, shoot
600 games… life comes at you fast
The 300th was sooooo beautifully PHILTHY Total Voters: 24
The 300th was sooooo beautifully PHILTHY
Total Voters: 24
ROUND 1 HPP SHOWDOWN WINNER:
G5) “Guentzl dosen’t waste any time and he bangs all the holes.”
Bobby “The Chief” Taylor
10/36 VOTES – 28%