The Rink Report: Pens win three straight after All-star break

Written By Anthony Cugini, Sports Columnist

After beating the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, the Penguins are now winners of three straight games.

The All-Star break seemed to come at the perfect time for Pittsburgh as they have not only snapped their four game losing streak, but they’ve now won three straight.

An issue Pittsburgh seemed to have during the losing streak was the distribution of scoring throughout their lineup. That issue appears to be fixed as fourth-liner Brian Boyle scored the game winning goal against New Jersey.

Pittsburgh’s defense has been spectacular over the last week as they’ve only allowed four goals over their last three games. Pittsburgh defenseman Marcus Petterson played arguably his best defensive game of the season against the Devils.

Though Pittsburgh’s starting goalie Tristan Jarry has continued to play well, back-up Casey DeSmith put up a 26-save shutout in a 2-0 win over the Ottawa Senators.

Pittsburgh was also a part of a little controversy during their game on Tuesday against the Boston Bruins. Boston forward Brad Marchand had just had a shot saved by Jarry. After the save, Jarry had seemed to have said something to Marchand, which led to a violent response from the Bruin. Marchand proceeded to hit Jarry with a right hook. Then, as he was skating away, Marchand used the blade of his stick to jab Jarry in his mask. This resulted in an ejection and a 6-game suspension for Marchand.

The disagreement between the two players might have been a result of an altercation that occurred earlier in the game. During a break in play, Tristan Jarry decided to flick a puck up into the stands to give a fan a souvenir. As Jarry had the puck on the blade of his stick, Marchand skated over and knocked the puck off of the stick, then flung the puck over to an employee. It’s a strong possibility Jarry took exception to this, which led to the altercation later in the game.

Sidney Crosby’s goal in the game against Boston was his 499th of his career. Crosby hasn’t been able to find the back of the net in his last two games, but, as of Monday, he’ll have a chance to score his 500th goal in Pittsburgh when they take on the Flyers on Tuesday. If you had to choose a place and an opponent for Sid’s milestone, this would be it.

With the win on Sunday, the Penguins now sit in first place in the Metropolitan division, a point ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes and four points ahead of the New York Rangers.

Though the Hurricanes have played three less games than Pittsburgh while the Rangers have played two less.

The Penguins will take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday as they look to continue their winning streak. Philadelphia sit last in the division as they’ve lost 15 of their last 17 games.