The Penguins (16-7-3) beat the Ottawa Senators (15-9-2) by a score of 8-5 in what might have been the most entertaining game of the season at PPG Paints Arena last night. The Penguins were led by forward Bryan Rust, who recorded his career NHL hat trick. Also, no word on if Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki has found Evgeni Malkin yet, following Malkin's unbelievable highlight reel goal last night.
This game had a little bit of everything, from trash officiating, to Erik Karlsson almost making a defensive play (notice I said almost, because he still didn't make the play), to both goaltenders being yanked, and a penalty shot goal, this game was truly bizarre. The Penguins don't like to make things easy. Over their past three games, they'll have to comeback from multiple deficits. Last Thursday against Dallas, the Penguins trailed 2-1 and went on to win 6-2. Against Detroit on Saturday, the Penguins trailed 3-1 and came back to win 5-3. Last night, the Penguins trailed 4-2 and ended up winning 8-5.
The Penguins are getting help from their star players. Sidney Crosby tallied his league leading 17th goal of the season and moved into tie for 4th place in league scoring with teammate Phil Kessel, Star's forward Tyler Seguin, and Blue's forward Vladimir Tarasenko. Evgeni Malkin tallied a goal and two assist last night, which puts him in sole possession of third place in league scoring with 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists). Phil Kessel also had himself a three point night last night, recording a goal and two assists, which put him in a tie for 4th place in league scoring as well.
Highlights courtesy of SAP's Highlights on YouTube