Early Goals Hurt: Jets Beat Penguins 2-1

If the first eight seconds of this game were any indication of what was to come, it was safe to believe we were all in for a very long night. Nothing like a Kyle Wellwood goal in the first eight seconds of the game to set a tone for Winnipeg. From that point on the momentum was in the Jets' corner, punctuated once again before the end of the first when Tanner Glass scored his first of the season with just under two minutes remaining. The lone Penguins highlight in the first 20 came when Deryk Engelland dropped the mitts to take on Chris Thorburn. Can't say for sure who the clear-cut winner was, but I think the final decision would weigh heavily in Engelland's favor.

Even though Zbynek Michalek managed to notch his first of the season, those two Winnipeg goals would be all the Jets needed to get past Pittsburgh to pick up their first win since the move north of the border.

Other notable highlights (or lowlights):

  • The Pens went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Winnipeg went 0-for-4. Not what you'd call a lights-out performance by either team.
  • Especially when you consider 'Pegs two goals were scored in a period when Pittsburgh didn't take a single penalty (minus Engelland's fighting major).
  • Kris Letang picked up his sixth assist in seven games on the Michalek goal. Tag on his one goal and he's on a point-per game pace.
  • 64: total number of combined shots in this one. Marc-Andre Fleury had to work hard to stop 32 of them, but Ondrej Pavelec didn't have the easy night out either with his 28 saves.
  • Say all you want about the Pens needing Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin back in the lineup, but let's not forget about Brooks Orpik too. Could've really used his presence in the defensive end tonight in a game that was really just a wide-open shooting gallery.
  • Pens are back at it tomorrow at tomorrow on the road against the Minnesota Wild. 7:30 ET puck drop on that one.
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