Gamenight: Penguins lead Buffalo 3-0 after one

December 1, 2017

First Period 

16:38 - Penalty shot coming up for Tom Khunhackl as Victor Antipin turned the puck over in the neutral zone and interfered with the breakaway chance.

16:38 - PENGUINS GOAL. Tom Kuhnhackl does not miss as he picks the top corner on his penalty shot opportunity. The Pittsburgh fans that made the trip made it very loud on the goal. 1-0 PIT.

13:22 - PENGUINS GOAL. The defensive woes for Buffalo continue as Rasmus Ristolainen makes a head scratching pass right up the slot in the defensive zone and Sidney Crosby picks it off. It comes as no shock as # 87 buries the puck in the net to extend the lead to two. What the heck was Ristolainen doing?! I will never know. 2-0 PIT.

10:55 - This is a very pro-Penguins crowd here tonight. No doubt many of them come from across the border and are Crosby fans, but as we have seen with winning teams, new fans can come in droves. Not that it is a bad thing, because I know several people who were not hockey fans prior to 2005-06, but now cheer for the blue and gold because of the team's success then.

9:07 - Buffalo is finally getting some good, sustained zone time in the offensive end with Kyle Okposo, Ryan O'Reilly, and Jordan Nolan. O'Reilly had a good opportunity on the back hand but could not convert as Nolan created an accidental pick that negated the scoring play. 

2:48 - It is a shame that Buffalo got behind the eight ball so quickly, because they are playing a good period outside of a three minute stretch. Tristan Jarry has been tested with some quality chances.

1:55 - PENGUINS GOAL. Well, guess you can forget what I just said because the team defense on Jake Guentzel's goal to make it a three goal deficit was abysmal. All four players on the ice sat back as Evgeni Malkin brought the puck into the zone and Guentzel used a wrap around for the score. 3-0 PIT

End of Period

Goal Summary

BUF: none
PIT: 3:23 - Tom Kuhnhackl (1) Penalty shot. 6:38 - Sidney Crosby (11) (unassisted). 18:05 - Jake Guentzel (12) (Evgeni Malkin) 

Penalty Summary

BUF: none
PIT: none

Shots on Goal

BUF - 9, PIT - 11