The Pittsburgh Penguins hockey season began on October 8th against the Dallas Stars. With a lot of off-season trades and the pick up of Phil Kessel, it would seem the the Penguins would be a tough team to beat this year. But the Stars proved them wrong by a dominating victory of 3-0. Many people believed that the Penguins were not prepared for the game and that they were not playing as a team.
The second game of the season was against the Arizona Coyotes. Which proved to be another rough game for the Penguins. The Penguins were only able to put up one goal against the seemingly mediocre Coyotes. The only good thing that came out of the game for the Penguins is that new signing Phil Kessel, was able to put up the one goal.
The Penguins third game was against the Montreal Canadians at home, but it seemed that the unbeaten Canadians beat the winless Penguins. The final score of the game was 3-2. The last time Pittsburgh went 0-3 to start the season was back in 2005, during Sidney Crosby’s first NHL season. It’s safe to say that the Penguins were in need of a win.
The Penguins played their next game against the Ottawa Senators at home. The Penguins finally seemed to play as a team and won the game 2-0 making that Marc-Andre Fleury’s 39th career shutout. The goals came from Assistant Captain Evgeni Malkin and Daniel Sprong.
The Penguins next two games were against the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Florida Panthers. The Penguins won both games in which they dominated the entire time. Though the Penguins may have won, they seem to have trouble scoring on the numerous opportunity’s that they had in these past two games.
Avid Penguins hockey fan Noah Zihmer had to say “The Penguins had a really bad start, but now they are playing pretty good, but they need to score more.”
The Penguins record is now an even 3-3. Though the Penguins are playing some good hockey now, there is always room for improvement and it’s a long season.