On a night where the Pittsburgh Penguins had No. 9 on their minds, No. 19 sure put on a show.
Beau Bennett helped the Penguins put together a fantastic third-period turnaround, eventually beating the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 4-2.
Much like Boston’s comeback against Montreal, it was a dramatic turnaround. The Avalanche were up 2-1, yet Pittsburgh scored three goals in less than four minutes to run away with the contest.
Bennett’s 4-2 goal may have been the most prominent showing of increased confidence:
It was a special night for a first-rounder who’s development has been bumpy, to say the least.
With Daniel Sprong being the topic of much conversation – and consternation – around Pittsburgh, it was other Penguins youngsters who made the biggest difference.
Olli Maatta continues to show the sort of promise that’s been all-too-rare at times this season, grabbing two helpers in this one.
Is everything perfect in Pittsburgh? Not really … in fact, Bennett seemed to get shaken up late in the contest, keeping with what feels like a “one step forward, two steps backward” pattern.
Still, wins heal a lot, and the Penguins have an opportunity to start piling them up with five of their next six games coming at home.