Sully says: Geno was in beast mode tonight

After the Penguins snapped their 0-6-1 winless streak on Wednesday in Washington, their focus was on continuing and building momentum on Friday in Toronto. They ended up skating to a 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs.

Yevgeny Malkin, jason zucker, Brock McGinnand Jake Guentzel (empty net) scored for Pittsburgh, while Casey DeSmith made 28 saves in his second consecutive start.

PO Joseph missed tonight’s game after coming off in the second period of Wednesday’s game. Chad Ruhwedel inserted in its place alongside John Rutta on the third D pairing. It was the only change the Penguins made to their roster.

Former Penguin Zach Aston-Reese got Toronto on the board first before Malkin – who had been called up for two penalties in the first half – showed his thanks by scoring a huge goal late in the game. The Penguins kept that momentum going in the second period, with Geno setting up teammate Jason Zucker for a point count. And while the Maple Leafs responded with a power-play goal, the Penguins put up an absolute defensive clinic in the third period and got two more goals to earn the two points.

Here’s what Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan had to say after the game.

Where is that third period compared to how you want to play when you have a road lead? “I think it was a really solid period from our perspective. Just structurally, I think we did a great job in the neutral zone. carrying pucks, and I think we did a good job executing the breakout. »

What have you thought of Brock McGinn lately, and more specifically of the piece he performed tonight? “I think he’s been a lot better in the last few games, just playing with more urgency, more physicality. He’s been better on the penalty kill. He does a lot of little things. Blocking shots, playing on the wall. And you know, it’s amazing when you do the little things, you get rewarded. You have scoring opportunities. The goal he scored in the third period was the result of the neutral zone, just with structure decent in the neutral zone, forcing the turnover and creating counter-attacking opportunities, so I think he’s playing a very different game, and I think that’s where Brock is at his best.

As a coach, do you think you would like to see Evgeni Malkin playing angry more often? “Well, I thought he was in beast mode tonight, it seems. You know? He’s been a threat all night. When is he at his best, when he’s playing the game like we are we’re all used to watching him over the years the puck just follows him everywhere I thought it was one of those chances tonight He scores he had a bunch of looks I thought his line was really a threat most of the night, and when we start – whether it’s Sid line or Geno’s line or Carts’ line – when we get the balance, I think that helps us hold the win Geno is a big part of that.

This particular line has developed more chemistry over the past few games. What made you think they would make a good trio? “I just think we try to find guys who have complementary skills. Raks is a really talented guy, very good on the point, sees the ice well, is a good playmaker and can finish. Geno, offensively, he can play any game you want to play. It’s a generational talent. And I think Zuck is a guy who plays a north-south, straight-ahead game, is good in the fight zones and goes to the net. So I think that’s got the ingredients to be a decent line, and that’s some of the stuff we talked about when we put it together.”

Were you satisfied with Marcus Pettersonis the transition to the top pairing? And if so, do you think this is a duo that could stick together for the long haul? “We’re happy with his game. That’s why we kept him the way we kept him. I think Marcus has been our most consistent defender, and he’s played that way match in and game out. C He’s a really competitive guy. He’s a good two-way defenseman on both sides of the puck. He does everything pretty well. He’s competitive, and that’s what we love about it. So I think “He continues to bring consistency to his game, and he’s deserving of this opportunity. He’s earned it.

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