In football, it would be like assigning a linebacker to chip the opponent's tight end at the line of scrimmage.
Ivan Provorov rifled off a run of phrases to describe how he and his mates silenced the NHL's No. 1 power play.
Highlight reel goals from Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin lead the Penguins to convincing 7-0 win over Flyers in Game 1.
Sidney Crosby doesn't need much motivation, but Travis Zajac's butt-end late in regulation certainly angered the Penguins captain.
If Friday night's game was any indication, a Penguins-Devils playoff series would make for great theater. But do the defending champions really want to take on this challenger?
Sorry, but I've got no words for this one. And far more telling, no one else could muster much, either.
Everybody loves a comeback story and Matt Murray has authored a few, but here's hoping that this will be the last for the Penguins goalie.
Carl Hagelin's always in a rush, and in this case late Thursday night low inside the Bell Centre, he was bound for the team bus.
Hockey, for all its speed and simplicity, can be slowed to a crawl when studied schematically.
There hasn't been a fleeting moment since the calendar flipped that Evgeni Malkin hasn't been the NHL's premier player. His totals for 2018: 24 goals, 25 assists in 30 games.
NHL coaches obsess over obtaining every possible point. NHL coaches seldom instruct anyone on how to play three-on-three.
So I've learned that Derick Brassard's got a loud laugh. Louder, even, than whatever cacophony might have been coming from his mouth in maniacally celebrating his first goal.
Derick Brassard's debut in a Penguins uniform didn't end in victory but the center showed why he can be a valuable contributor in the months to come.
Derick Brassard has been a very good No. 2 center, but he could make the Penguins great as a No. 3 behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
With Willie O'Ree, the first black player in NHL history watching, Ryan Reaves scores the biggest goal in the Penguins' latest win.
Defense, as with most sports, is generally about effort. Except when it isn't.
The Penguins power play is clicking at 26.7 percent, which if it holds up, would be the second-best in nearly 30 years.
Seriously, Matt Murray was telling us the other day that he doesn't play hockey. He plays goalie, he insisted.