Through 9 games of the 2014-15 season, the Penguins' power play unit has just been something special. They feel like a legitimate scoring threat every time they take the ice with the man advantage,
When they faced the Kings on Thursday night, it was no different.
The Penguins found themselves with a two-man advantage and they capitalized.
What an incredible shot/pass with the vision from Evgeni Malkin. Great positioning with his stick from Chris Kunitz, and incredible net front presence from Patric Hornqvist.
Again with a man advantage and a 1-0 lead, the Penguins were able to double that lead. After a little theatrics, as well.
Kris Letang slipped and fell, but managed to use his puck handling skills to keep the puck in, and then ultimately score the goal.
Better to be lucky than good, sometimes.
In the 2nd period of the game, thing started to get a little bit more physical, and Steve Downie couldn't help but involve himself. After taking a shot from Jarret Stoll, Downie tried to return the favor, but Stoll hid behind two other Kings at first. Not surprising, really that he would let them fight his battle.
On their way to the penalty boxes, Downie attempted to get another shot in and ended up getting an extra penalty.
Afterwards, Mike Johnston seemed to be addressing Rick Tocchet, aka the Steve Downie Whisperer, to perhaps get Downie reined in a bit.
Sidney Crosby almost killed Robyn Regehr at one point in the game.
The 3rd period got significantly tense fairly quickly.
Evgeni Malkin got thrown to the ground in front of the Kings net.
I think this McNabb (Donovan??) fellow needs to settle down a bit. It's October vs. an out-of-conference opponent. Relax, man.
Malkin then dropped the gloves....well, he tackled Justin Williams, after taking a slash at center ice from Dustin Brown moments later.
Later in the 3rd, Chris Kunitz scored his second goal of the game.
All in all, a good win for the Penguins. The power play is just lightning in a bottle. With a 3-0 lead, the Penguins closed out the game in successful fashion, which was nice to see, against a team like the LA Kings who can stifle you with their puck possession. Kudos to Marc-Andre Fleury for holding the door shut on the PK with time expiring.
The Pens will remain home for one more game before taking to the road. They will face the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night at Consol Energy Center.