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Undying Pursuit. [NHL 20]



Pens aim for respect
Disappointing playoff seasons have Penguins refocused

September 14, 2019

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins had finally shown a chink in their armor when they were defeated by their long-time rival Washington Capitals in the 2018 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals in six games, ruining the chance for the Penguins to achieve the rare three-peat. Alex Ovechkin and his Capitals would move on to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning in a seven-game Eastern Conference Finals, finally exorcising their demons with a Stanley Cp championship.

The team reloaded, finished third in the Metropolitan division, and made the playoffs for their 13th consecutive season. They were challenged by long-time adversary New York Islanders, expected to become a long and rigorous series.

The Penguins were dumped out of the playoffs in a four-game sweep.

It felt as though the dreams of the Penguins continuing to be a Stanley Cup contender were slowly slipping away. The Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, and New York Islanders were making the Metropolitan Division even more formidable. The Tampa Bay Lightning have been running the Eastern Conference, and the youthful Toronto Maple Leafs are no longer a team to sniff at.

A long off-season provided the Penguins the ability to rest up, link their wounds, and most importantly, re-focus their efforts.

The team added skilled winger Jason Zucker in a trade with the Minnesota Wild that saw the team trade out Alex Galchenyuk, Calen Addison, and their first-round draft pick in next year's draft.

They added veteran talent like Patrick Marleau, while adding solid depth players in Nick Bjustad and Brandon Tanev. Add in former Second-Team All-Ivy League defenseman John Marino, who is primed for a solid rookie season, and the team looks fully prepared to take another run.

The concern is that their big-three - forwards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang - are now on the wrong side of 30. Crosby is 32 while Malkin and Letang are both 33. Crosby has struggled through an injury-plagued career, only having played a full 82-game season once in his career.

"As you get older, you start to realize you have to re-adjust your game," Crosby commented as the Penguins continue to roar through training camp, approaching their season opener against Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres. "I still have as much of an appreciation and fire to play this game, and I hope to have a long career."

The Penguins have seen the captain and arguably, most influential player of all-time not named Mario Lemieux, been replaced as the best player in the league by Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid.

Some would argue there are a few more that could be better than Crosby. Oilers' Leon Draisatl, Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov, or even Colorado Avalanche's winger Nathan MacKinnon, who trains with Crosby in their native Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia during the off-season.

Within the Penguins dressing room, the answer is clear.

"It's still Sid - people don't even see how complete of a player he is and some of the things he does, still sets him a whole world apart" commented winger Conor Sheary, who played almost exclusively with Crosby for their last two Stanley Cup championships. After a brief stint with the Buffalo Sabres, Sheary is back with the Penguins.

Eight years separate the Penguins' 2009 Stanley Cup championship and their 2016 Stanley Cup championship.

They don't intend to wait another eight years.
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ROSTER AND OPENING DEPTH CHART

2019-20 Pittsburgh Penguins
#CENTERSAGEHTWTSHOTBIRTH PLACE
87Sidney Crosby 325'11"200LeftCole Harbour, NS, CAN
71Evgeni Malkin336'3"195LeftMagnitogorsk, RUS
19Jared McCann236'1"185LeftStraford, ON, CAN
27Nick Bjugstad276'6"218RightMinneapolis, MN, USA
17Bryan Rust275'11"192RightPontiac, MI, USA
9Evan Rodrigues265'11"182RightToronto, ON, CAN
53Teddy Blueger256'0"185LeftRiga, LAT
#LEFT WINGSAGEHTWTSHOTBIRTH PLACE
59Jake Guentzel255'11"180LeftOmaha, NE, USA
16Jason Zucker275'11"187LeftBeach, CA, USA
43Conor Sheary275'8"175LeftMelrose, MA, USA
12Patrick Marleau406'2"220LeftSwift Current, SK, CAN
#RIGHT WINGSAGEHTWTSHOTBIRTH PLACE
72Patric Hornqvist325'11"189RightSollentuna, SWE
13Brandon Tanev276'0"180LeftToronto, ON, CAN
46Zach Aston-Reese256'0"205LeftStaten Island, NY, USA
18Dominik Simon255'11"190LeftPrague, CZE
#DEFENSEAGEHTWTSHOTBIRTH PLACE
58Kris Letang326'0"201RightMontreal, QC, CAN
8Brian Dumoulin286'4"207LeftBiddeford, MN, USA
4Justin Schultz296'2"193RightKelowna, BC, CAN
28Marcus Petterson236'4"177LeftSkelleftea, SWE
6John Marino226'1"181RightNorth Easton, MA, USA
3Jack Johnson326'1"227LeftIndianpolis, IN, USA
#GOALIESAGEHTWTSHOTBIRTH PLACE
30Matt Murray256'4"178LeftThunder Bay, ON, CAN
35Tristan Jarry246'2"194LeftSurrey, BC, CAN


Pittsburgh Penguins Depth Chart - 2019-20
STARTER2ND3RD4TH
LWJake GuentzelJason ZuckerConor ShearyPatrick Marleau
CSidney Crosby (C)Evgeni Malkin (A)Jared McCannNick Bjugstad
RWBryan RustPatric HornqvistBrandon TanevZach Aston-Reese
D #1Kris Letang (A)Justin SchultzJohn Marino
D #2Brian DumoulinMarcus PetterssonJack Johnson
GMatt MurrayTristan Jarry
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Malkin stumps Sabres
Pittsburgh outclasses Buffalo in season opener



ABOVE: Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese plays defense against Sabres forward Victor Olofsson in the Penguins' 4-1 victory.

Buffalo Sabres at Pittsburgh Penguins
Oct 3, 2020123F
BUF (0-1-0)0011
PIT (1-0-0)1124
Three Stars
Pittsburgh: Matt Murray - Goaltender
43 saves, 1.00 GAA
Pittsburgh: Evgeni Malkin - Center
1 goal, 1 assist
Pittsburgh: Patric Hornqvist - Right Wing
1 goal
Team Stats Comparison
BUFPIT
Shots on Goal4437
Hits1515
Faceoffs Won-Lost25-1919-25
Penalty Minutes00:0016:00
Power Plays Converted10
Power Play Opportunities80
Time on Attack07:4905:05
Scoring Summary
FIRST PERIOD
PIT13:28 - Evgeni Malkin (1) Assisted by: Jason Zucker & Marcus Pettersson
SECOND PERIOD
PIT12:01 - Patric Hornqvist (1) Assisted by: Evgeni Malkin & Justin Schultz
THIRD PERIOD
BUF13:24 - Jack Eichel (1) Assisted by: None
PIT19:19 - Zach Aston-Reese (1) Assisted by: None
PIT19:50 - Sidney Crosby (1) Assisted by: Jake Guentzel
Buffalo Sabres - Goalies
GOALIESSHOTSSAVESSV %GAA
Linus Ullmark363392%3.00
Pittsburgh Penguins - Goalies
GOALIESSHOTSSAVESSV %GAA
Matt Murray444398%1.00
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All-Out Onslaught
Penguins throw kitchen sink and dominate Blue Jackets



ABOVE: Penguins forward Jake Guentzel rips a wrist shot past Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins in their 8-3 victory.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins
Oct 5, 2019123F
CBJ (0-2-0)1113
PIT (2-0-0)2428
Three Stars
Pittsburgh: Justin Schultz - Defenseman
2 goals, 1 assist
Pittsburgh: Jason Zucker - Left Wing
2 goals, 1 assist
Pittsburgh: Patric Hornqvist - Right Wing
1 goal, 2 assists
Team Stats Comparison
CBJPIT
Shots on Goal3352
Hits1419
Faceoffs Won-Lost22-2626-22
Penalty Minutes04:0006:00
Power Plays Converted12
Power Play Opportunities32
Time on Attack04:5907:00
Scoring Summary
FIRST PERIOD
CBJ05:12 - Gustav Nyquist (1) Assisted by:Brandon Dubinsky & David Savard
PIT13:59 - Jake Guentzel (1) Assisted by: Bryan Rust & Sidney Crosby
PIT16:22 - Justin Schultz (1) Assisted by: Nick Bjugstad
SECOND PERIOD
CBJ02:06 - Pierre-Luc Dubois (1) Assisted by: Cam Atkinson & Nick Foligno
PIT08:16 - Bryan Rust (1) Assisted by: Conor Sheary & Jared McCann
PIT09:19 - Jason Zucker (1) Assisted by: Jake Guentzel & Evgeni Malkin
PIT10:05 - Patric Hornqvist (2) Assisted by: Conor Sheary & Justin Schultz
THIRD PERIOD
CBJ01:28 - Josh Anderson (1) Assisted by: Riley Nash
PIT02:07 - Jason Zucker (2) Assisted by: Evgeni Malkin & Patric Hornqvist
PIT13:19 - Patrick Marleau (1) Assisted by: Jack Johnson & Nick Bjugstad
Columbus Blue Jackets - Goalies
GOALIESSHOTSSAVESSV %GAA
Elvis Merzlikins282279%6.00
Joonas Korpisalo242292%2.00
Pittsburgh Penguins - Goalies
GOALIESSHOTSSAVESSV %GAA
Matt Murray333091%3.00
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No Fly Zone
Penguins continue hot start after sliding past Jets



ABOVE: Penguins forward Bryan Rust celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets with his teammates.

Winnipeg Jets at Pittsburgh Penguins
Oct 8, 2019123F
WPG (2-2-0)0123
PIT (3-0-0)1225
Three Stars
Pittsburgh: Kris Letang - Defenseman
1 goal
Pittsburgh: Zach Aston-Reese - Left Wing
2 assists
Pittsburgh: Nick Bjugstad - Center
1 goal
Team Stats Comparison
WPGPIT
Shots on Goal3625
Hits1620
Faceoffs Won-Lost20-1919-20
Penalty Minutes00:0010:00
Power Plays Converted10
Power Play Opportunities50
Time on Attack08:2905:34
Scoring Summary
FIRST PERIOD
PIT07:38 - Jack Johnson (1) Assisted By: Zach Aston-Reese & John Marino
SECOND PERIOD
PIT03:07 - Bryan Rust (2) Assisted By: Jason Zucker & Sidney Crosby
PIT09:00 - Kris Letang (1) Assisted By: None
WPG13:13 - Bryan Little (1) Assisted By: Mathieu Perreault & Nikolaj Ehlers
THIRD PERIOD
WPG03:49 - Nikolaj Ehlers (2) Assisted By: Kyle Connor & Bryan Little
PIT17:33 - Justin Schultz (3) Assisted By: Jared McCann & Brandon Tanev
PIT19:16 - Nick Bjugstad (1) Assisted By: Zach Aston-Reese
WPG19:21 - Mark Scheifele (1) Assisted By: Patrik Laine
Winnipeg Jets - Goalies
GOALIESSHOTSSAVESSV %GAA
Connor Hellebuyck242083%4.00
Pittsburgh Penguins - Goalies
GOALIESSHOTSSAVESSV %GAA
Matt Murray363392%3.00
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Jarry The Unbreakable
Hornqvist scores shootout winner in non-scoring event



ABOVE: Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist was the lone scorer for the game, as goaltenders John Gibson and Tristan Jarry had a duel for the ages.

Anaheim Ducks at Pittsburgh Penguins
Oct 10, 2019123SOF
ANA (2-1-1)00000
PIT (4-0-0)00011
Three Stars
Anaheim: John Gibson - Goalie
44 saves
Pittsburgh: Tristan Jarry - Goalie
19 saves
Pittsburgh: Kris Letang - Defenseman
No stats
Team Stats Comparison
ANAPIT
Shots on Goal1944
Hits104
Faceoffs Won-Lost12-2121-12
Penalty Minutes02:0000:00
Power Plays Converted00
Power Play Opportunities01
Time on Attack08:4405:39
Scoring Summary
SHOOTOUT
PITPatric Hornqvist
Anaheim Ducks - Goalies
GOALIESSHOTSSAVESSV %GAA
John Gibson4444100%0.00
Pittsburgh Penguins - Goalies
GOALIESSHOTSSAVESSV %GAA
Tristan Jarry1919100%0.00
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