Tonight's game wasn't broadcast on the tee-vee, so we give you a 1940's radio recap.
A few random thoughts:
David Perron took a hooking penalty early in the game, and as Pens color radio commentator Phil Bourque said, "not a good penalty". Columbus got 5 shots on the ensuing power play, but Jeff Zatkoff was up for the challenge, turning them all away.
- Interestingly, Beau Bennett was used on starting PK units, after he had drawn some praise in the media earlier in the weekend for his positioning and active stick in practice. Bennett's been known as a one-dimensional offensive winger, and the team needs PK'ers, if he can add in that area, it only grows his value.
- Bobby Farnham was probably the most visible Penguins forward in the first period, throwing a couple hits, getting a short-handed breakaway (that it sounded like he flubbed away due to poor hands) and a lot of fawning from the media. Some things never change. (Including his lack of skill).
- The second period was pretty flat and boring with no score, about the highlight would be a fight by Steve Oleksy.
- Scott Wilson set up Conor Sheary nicely but 21 year old Joonas Korpisalo was right there.
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- Zatkoff, as expected, played the first 40 minutes, stopping all 23 shots he saw. Not bad, but Columbus's team wasn't exactly stacked.
- Tristan Jarry came in for the 3rd period, and got virtually no work, stopping 3 shots.
- Young, tough veteran defenseman Reid McNeill tried to stand out with a fight against veteran NHL'er Jared Boll in the 3rd period, but it sounded like he didn't get the better of it. Also, in a 0-0 game in the 3rd, do you really want to see a defenseman get into a fight when he doesn't have to and drop the team down to 5D for 5 minutes? I'd say no, but it is the preseason so it's not worth getting bent of shape, just more an observation of a pet peeve.
- The first taste of 3-on-3 overtime (it was scheduled, as 3 of the 8 Pens preseason games will have, no matter how the games go) and even though neither team hardly. Both teams started with 2F, 1D (Pens going with David Perron and Conor Sheary plus Ben Lovejoy) and it didn't take long for fireworks, as Cam Atkinson almost had a breakaway right off the bat.
- The Pens second 3v3 shift featured Beau Bennett and Scott Wilson up front.
- The Jackets' goalie Korpisalo was the story of the night, 39 saves and just was a brick wall early.
- Game ended with a shootout to finally find a goal. After Sheary and Perron could not score, Beau Bennett did. Jarry scored stopped all three Columbus shooters.
Well, that's a start. Tomorrow night's game at home will feature a much better Penguins lineup, and hopefully more gameplay goals.