After a very rough weekend, Evgeni Malkin definitely raised his game tonight and was the dominant force in the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk was probably too busy complaining to corral the rebound of this Evgeni Malkin shot and it pops right out to David Perron. Perron beasts through Marco Scandella and slams home the easy empty netter to make it 1-0, for only Perron's second goal of the season.
David Perron scores for the #Pens less than two minutes into the game. Full replay: https://t.co/oiuBTNIys3 pic.twitter.com/eeOSP1tl4A— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 18, 2015
Mikael Granlund scored to make it 1-1, but then Beau Bennett scores on the power play, by just putting a simple puck on net following a nice but easy feed from Malkin. Amazing what happens putting a shot on goal in a dangerous position.
Beau Bennett strikes on the power play and puts the #Pens ahead 2-1. Game blog: https://t.co/itAxTZgQ3w pic.twitter.com/EXH49yDsHW— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 18, 2015
Dubnyk was totally thrown off his game with Penguins getting in his grill, this time it was Patric Hornqvist doing it, with Kris Letang feeding Malkin for - brace yourself - a power play goal. 3-1 Pens.
After a lengthy replay, the goal would be confirmed.
GOAL REPLAY: Evgeni Malkin records a power play tally for his first goal of the night: https://t.co/szYJ6v24Ln pic.twitter.com/6YlDC4oZ1q— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 18, 2015
Then just some classic Geno magic to make it 4-1 as he receives a short Phil Kessel pass, goes right by Granlund and rifles a shot by Dubnyk.
Malkin goal, 4-1 Pens pic.twitter.com/t18RQxz5zw— Stephanie (@myregularface) November 18, 2015
Jared Spurgeon would score from the Iggy spot on a Wild PP to make it 4-2 heading into the second period.
Spurgeon goal, Wild trail 4-2 pic.twitter.com/DAKSDXHwlA— Stephanie (@myregularface) November 18, 2015
After two more penalties to Kessel and Matt Cullen , the Wild make the Pens pay at 5v3 to make the score 4-3 in the 3rd period.
Koivu goal, Wild trail 4-3 pic.twitter.com/F3ZMxSqeRO— Stephanie (@myregularface) November 18, 2015
That would be it for the goals.
- Maatta's injury was brutal, tough one to take. he was in clear pain after being cross-checked well late into the open door. Hopefully after the sting wears off it won't have major damage but it certainly didn't look good.
- After a rough go in puck possession and shots, the Pens had a big night tonight. Even in the 2nd period (their biggest struggle time) they out-shot Minny and the Wild didn't register a shot on goal until 9 minutes into the period.
- The penalty Letang drew by jolting his head back simulating a high-stick is one of my least favorite things that NHL players do. He's got to be better than that, "COME ON, MAAAN". (Worst of all, a Penguin stick that got raised too).
- Unnecessary penalty by Ian Cole (with his team already short-handed) to lead to a PK goal against and get Minnesota back in the game at 4-2 before the end of the second period.
- Ditto a lazy high-stick by Kessel and what could have been an avoidable penalty to Cullen to give an extended 5v3 situation for Minneosota in the 3rd.
- Nice play by Adam Clendening to keep the puck in the zone for the Pens 4th goal (Malkin's second of the night). A small play, but the type of play that an offensively aware and skilled defenseman can and will make (cough cough so not Rob Scuderi who sat out presumably with an illness).
- Nick Bonino also missed the game (his first of the season), believed to be sick as well. Hopefully he'll be feeling better and ready for the next game Thursday.
- Some guts for the Pens to finish the game with 5 defensemen (after the Maatta injury) with one of them being Clendening in only his second game of the season, so obviously they weren't going to lean on him.
- 29:37 for Letang. He's had an uneven season, but he's carrying so much weight.
At the end of the day, great night for Malkin, and hopefully Maatta isn't too badly injured. Nice win for the Pens.