Forward Brenden Morrow was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins before this past trade deadline and has been paying off for them ever since, although, it may not be translating in his numbers. However, he did deliver for the Penguins in Game 5.
Morrow left practice early this past Tuesday appearing to have been favoring his arm, he did not participate in the morning skate on Wednesday and was not in the lineup for Game 4 against the Ottawa Senators that evening. Head coach, Dan Bylsma, did not release any specifics; however, it seemed that Morrow was rehabilitating from a minor, undisclosed injury.
He returned to the lineup last night after being a game-time decision and added his usual physical presence in front of the net. Players do not usually enjoy missing games and Morrow is no exception, so he used it to his advantage and scored the first goal of the game, his second of the playoffs and the series, to make up for the time he missed. The goal got the ball rolling and gave the Penguins something to build on. He ended the night with one point, a plus/minus of +1 and scoring on 100% of the shots he made (1). This is not bad for a player who’s efforts are usually gone unnoticed.
Morrow may not have stacked stats, but he typically provides qualities that are not something that can be kept track of on the score sheet, which is just as important as anything else a player can provide and is an important piece of the Penguins overall game.