The Penguins as a whole had a pretty awful showing in their season opener on Thursday night, a 3-1 loss to the Sabres on home ice.
There were some highlights, though. Matt Murray was great. He was the Penguins' best individual player on the ice. Another bright spot (really, the only other one) was the second line of Alex Galchenyuk, Evgeni Malkin, and Brandon Tanev.
Before the game, Galchenyuk acknowledged that it may take some time for the new combinations to be completely comfortable with each other.
“We’re definitely more comfortable if we practice or skate together,” he said. “I’m sure it will take a few games, but you also never know. It could be from the first shift. That’s what we’re hoping and we’re keeping a positive mindset.”
Although the Penguins' second line was far from perfect in its regular season debut, there were moments that made this look like a line with real potential.