Tonight at PPG Paints Arena the Penguins faced off with the Tampa Bay Lightning and although the Lightning have been playing better over the past few games we would have to see if it would stick against the team who stole their chance at the Cup finals last year.
Evgeni Malkin’s 700th career game, and you know when he is on his game, he is unstoppable. Malkin fell nothing short of amazing tonight.
With the first goal on the board being a Tampa goal in the second period it wouldn’t be long before, who other than Malkin to tie it up at 1. I have to give credit to both goalies tonight. Peter Budaj who was acquired in a trade for Ben Bishop got the nod for Tampa and he had a beautiful save on Scott Wilson who tried to go top shelf, but Budaj snagged it right out of the air.
Low and behold, Malkin again puts his 2nd on the board, on one knee and would then put the Pens up 2-1. Though, Nikita Kucherov scored to keep it a tight game at 2. At this point the game could have gone either way but the Pens came prepared and with the new depth on the D the boys seemed a lot more comfortable.
Mark Streit who made his debut for the Pens tonight, well yes, he also grabbed his first point on a goal in a Penguins jersey. The game wasn’t over just yet, with a beautiful chance from Nick Bonino went right off the post!! Then on the other end Kucherov tried to grab a second goal of the night but was a wonderful save by Matt Murray.
On the last power play of the game Justin Schultz then makes it 4-2. With the clock then winding down, Tampa pulled Budaj and Bonino fed it to Tom Kuhnhackl to make it 5-2 to grab the win for Geno’s 700th game.