Before the ball dropped to welcome 2017, the Penguins gave us one last memory for 2016 with a dramatic come from behind victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Trailing 3-2 with under a minute left, a Justin Schultz shot ricocheted off the chest of Conor Sheary and behind Carey Price to knot the game at 3-3. On a power play in overtime, Phil Kessel set up Evgeni Malkin in his wheelhouse for a one time blast over the shoulder of Price to give the Pens a 4-3 victory. [Trib Live]
While other teams will ring in the new year on the ice, the Pens will have to wait to play their first game of 2017. In a new addition to the schedule for this season, each team is given a bye week of no games or practice. The Pens’ next game is Sunday, January 8th against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Safe to say the players are welcoming the break and will be using it to their advantage to get away from the rink and catch up on some much needed R&R. [Trib Live]
While Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin get the headlines, it is often the case that the real engine for the Pens’ offense is Kris Letang. After missing a handful of games Leantg returned to the lineup against the Canadiens and made his presence known to his teammates. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Since Mike Sullivan took over as head coach, the Pens have relied heavily on their defense to breakout with the puck and create offense going the other way. [Penguins]
With Matt Murray on the shelf for an unknown length of time it will be Tristan Jarry stepping in to fill his role while he recovers. [Trib Live]
News and notes from around the league...
In celebration of the NHL’s Centennial season, the league hosted the “Centennial Classic” on Sunday afternoon in Toronto between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings. A bonkers third period saw the Wings tie the game with two seconds left but it was rookie Auston Matthews’ goal in overtime that gave Toronto the victory. [Puck Daddy]
Along with the game the NHL revealed the first 33 players of its list of the 100 greatest players in league history. [The Hockey News]