"I thought it was his best game of the year," said Mike Sullivan. "I thought he was physical, I thought he went to the net, he was shooting the puck."
A slumping hockey player with a scoring history is bound to score ... in bunches. That's the sport's time-tested sentiment, and it pops to life on rinks worldwide.
Derick Brassard scored the tying goal in the Penguins' 2-1 shootout win over the Islanders after being moved backt to the left wing.
Kris Letang sure is making an early case to be a Norris Trophy candidate come June. He was on another level Thursday night in a 6-2 win over the Islanders.
6-feet-3 Marcus Pettersson took advantage of his long reach in his Penguins debut Tuesday, a 6-3 win.
The Penguins needed a timely shot block, and they sent out their smallest player to get it done.
Sidney Crosby's no-look, backhand pass on the first of Jake Guentzel's three goals was the biggest highlight in the Penguins 4-2 win over Columbus.
Tanner Pearson had some golden opportunities in his Penguins debut, a 4-3 loss to the Lightning, but he wasn't able to capitalize on those chances.
Kris Letang was right. He was doing his job. Mike Sullivan also was right. The two guys behind Letang weren't doing theirs.
Evgeni Malkin was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for a hit to the head of the Capitals' T.J. Oshie.
The second-loudest sound inside PPG Paints Arena on this Saturday night came when Morgan Rielly pinged a shot off the far bar for the prettiest of finishes:
Thomas Greiss looked an awful lot like Marc-Andre Fleury, not some journeyman goalie in denying Sidney Crosby in overtime Thursday.
Another game, another highlight reel goal from Sidney Crosby. Again, the Penguins' captain used his weapon of choice: His backhander.
A couple minutes into overtime Tuesday night at Rogers Place, the Oilers' Ryan Strome, owner of zero goals and zero assists, had a chance to go from zero to hero.
Evgeni Malkin isn't renowned for his faceoff prowess but the center scored a big win off the draw in the first period to lead the Penguins past Vegas.
In the defining moment of Saturday night's loss to the Canadiens, Joel Armia's shorthanded goal was aided by Evgeni Malkin, who gave up on the play.
Dominik Simon's underappreciated as anyone on the Penguins' roster, and not just among the public.