Slow start, nice plays and another dominant win in 3rd period (+)


It’s one of the best sequences in franchise history. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won six straight and 17 of their last 19 while remarkably not playing their best hockey. They slept for 40 minutes before blowing out the Arizona Coyotes in the third period for a 6-3 victory at PPG Paints Arena.

Sidney Crosby had a goal and three points, including a no-look pass between his legs to Bryan Rust, who also had three points. Kris Letang scored two goals and Evan Rodrigues had two assists.

Brian Boyle also scored a dropper in front of the net by shooting the puck behind him and smashing it onto the top shelf.

“The fact that he contributes offensively has five goals at this point. It’s impressive. The goal he gets tonight is impressive. And around the net he has great hand-eye coordination,” Sullivan said. “He gets a stick on a lot of pucks with deflections, and he’s so big and strong he can move them in that area…”

“…Honestly, I don’t put him in a position to score a lot of goals. It doesn’t get many ozone starts. And so we put him in difficult situations. The fact that he has scored five goals so far, I think is impressive.

The painting was again the evolving story of a penguins awakening. We’ll get to that on Wednesday, but the Penguins are getting into the habit of playing their best when they need to, but not playing good hockey until then.

They are so good right now.

We’ll also be handing out very good marks, but a few phantom marks to players who haven’t answered the bell. The Penguins’ first line and fourth line were the best all night.

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