Pittsburgh Penguins maintain momentum on long road trip
The Pittsburgh Penguins wrapped up their longest road trip of the season on Monday night, and as they prepare to play their first home game since Jan. 5, the club returns to Pittsburgh with as much momentum as he was gone.
That Jan. 5 game, a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues, pushed the Penguins’ winning streak to nine games. The streak would eventually reach ten games in the first of six away meetings, before being cut short in Dallas, but Pittsburgh was able to bounce back quickly, ending the six-game road trip with a 4-2 record.
The trip was capped off with an overtime win over the San Jose Sharks over the weekend and a win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday that saw the Penguins erase an early 3-0 deficit to win the game, 5-3.
Although the wins alone are very encouraging for a Pittsburgh team that has now won 13 of its last 15 games, the fact that the Penguins are in better health at the end of the game is perhaps the biggest victory of the game. adventure in the West.
A six-game road trip hasn’t slowed the Penguins down.
Forward Evgeni Malkin made his season debut for the Pens last Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks, and he was quick to make his impact felt. The Penguins assistant captain scored his first goal of the season early in the second period, before putting his stick on another goal later in the period.
Geno added an assist to give him a three-point effort in his first game back, and he now has four points (two goals and two assists) in four games this season. He will make his first appearance in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Similarly in Vegas, the Penguins welcomed forwards Bryan Rust and Jason Zucker. Rust didn’t show up on the scoresheet, but his presence reunited Pittsburgh’s deadly front line, which ended up scoring two goals. Zucker, however, managed to single-handedly score two goals in the win.
If health is the biggest win of the past two weeks for the Pens, then their standings position is a close second. With that hot streak for Pittsburgh, combined with some recent struggles from the Washington Capitals, the Penguins moved into the top three in the Metropolitan Division.
With a record of 23-10-5, Pittsburgh is just three points from first place in the division, and the team will enter action on Tuesday ranked seventh in the NHL standings, just six points behind the leaders. league teams.
If any of the Penguins’ Eastern Conference rivals had hoped that a two-week stint on the road would slow the Pens down, they’d be massively disappointed. Pittsburgh will be looking to keep the wins going when they return to the friendly confines of PPG Paints Arena.