Entering tonight's game against the Nashville Predators, the Pittsburgh Penguins were on a three game losing streak in which they only scored one goal per game in each of the three games. So it wouldn't be a very bright start to give up a goal 2:28 into the game. But that happened when Kevin Klein took a slapshot that hit the stick of Evgeni Malkin, the skate of Olli Maatta and then clicked off the skate of Gabriel Bourque before trickling into the net. Marc-Andre Fleury couldn't stop it, but given the triple deflection, who could blame him?
Still, regardless of that early bad break, the Pens stayed the course and rallied back for the next (and last) four goals of the game to win 4-1 against the Preds.
Pascal Dupuis scored on the "James Neal play" shortly after a power play expired in the first period, kudos to Matt D'Agostini for coming in after the faceoff to pop the puck back to Dupuis for D'ags first point as a Penguin. Just three minutes later, Neal himself would score the eventual game winner when he tipped a Malkin shot past Marek Mazanec.
The Pens would never look back from there. In the second period, Malkin worked the puck deep behind the net and fed it out to Kris Letang who quickly beat Mazanec to make it 3-1. Shortly thereafter, Brandon Sutter would roof one by Mazanec to end the scoring in the second. Nashville would pull Mazanec at the end of the period and that would be all of the scoring.
A couple more thoughts on the game:
And now the November schedule heats up for the Pens, who travel to Jersey for a game tomorrow night before heading back to Consol for the Ducks on Monday. At least now the losing streak is over.