The Pittsburgh Penguins faced a tall order in Mike Sullivan’s coaching debut: facing maybe the hottest team in the East, if not the NHL. And it showed.
Despite setting a season-high with 45 shots on goal, the Penguins could only beat Braden Holtby one time as the Washington Capitals nabbed a 4-1 win.
With that, the two teams continue to travel in opposite directions, as this win leaves Washington atop both the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference. They’re now 9-1-1 in their past 11 games.
Holtby was the most obvious problem for the Penguins, yet T.J. Oshie proved to be a nuisance as well. He delivered the check that injured Beau Bennett and then iced the game with two third-period goals.
Backstrom said this is the best he's ever seen Holtby play.
You know how Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford admitted to falling short when it came to furnishing his roster with puck-moving defensemen? He at least tried to address that problem on the same night that Mike Sullivan debuted as their head coach.
In an awfully interesting trade, the Penguins received Trevor Daley while Rob Scuderi heads to the Chicago Blackhawks … along with some cap relief as well.
Scuderi is a familiar face for the Blackhawks, as he was a member of the Los Angeles Kings during the two teams’ memorable playoff skirmishes. Chicago fans may be most excited about shaving off a bit more salary, as Daley and Scuderi bring home fairly comparable cash.
Amazing how many times Hawks GM Stan Bowman has been able to get other team to eat salary. This time Pens retain one third of Scuderi salary