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Simon’s instincts suit promising new third line


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Outside T-Mobile Arena. - CHRIS BRADFORD / DKPS

LAS VEGAS -- The Penguins' third line of Derick Brassard, Tanner Pearson and Dominik Simon did not record a single point at even-strength Friday night against the Coyotes. But they may have been the best, if not most consistent, line.

From Brassard's interception of Nicklas Hjlamarrson's D-to-D pass to Pearson's screen, that trio did good work in setting up Juuso Riikola's second-period power play goal. But just as encouraging was the work they did five-on-five. The trio's possession numbers were all north of hockey's median line of 50 percent, and they generated five scoring chances for compared to just two against.

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