In seemingly the same fashion as they lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs last Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins suffered their second defeat by the hands of the Winnipeg Jets. The Penguins wins and losses are now even at two.
Pittsburgh came out with guns blazing in the first period especially after two goals scored by Sidney Crosby; however, their momentum was short-lived and ultimately swung Winnipeg’s way during the second period with the first goal coming from Evander Kane within minutes. By the second and third goals, the Jets took the Penguins wind right out of their sails and they were no longer sticking with the game plan.
In an ironic twist, in the two games that both Evgeni Malkin and Crosby were held goal-less, the Penguins won while the two games they lost either Malkin or Crosby (or both) scored goals.
Early in the second through the rest of the game, the Penguins were outskated and outplayed by the Jets. Jets goalie, Ondrej Pavelec, came up huge for Winnipeg in their win and the longer he played the less he let past him. An empty-net goal scored late in the third period by Blake Wheeler put the nail in the Penguins’ coffin.
If there was a bright side for the Penguins aside from their first period effort, it was goaltender Tomas Vokoun. He was definitely a big factor in keeping them in the game for as long as they were. He is unquestionably a great pickup for Pittsburgh and will help in sharing the net-minding duties with Marc-Andre Fleury in order to keep both of them rested enough to successfully play so many games in such an abbreviated season.
The Penguins remain on the road to play against the Ottawa Senators tomorrow afternoon. The puck is set to drop at 5:00 pm (est).
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