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Three takeaways from the Penguins’ 4-2 win at Florida Thursday night.


Defenseman Kris Letang scored the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first goal, setting a team record in the process.

Letang’s score at 4:17 of the second period, a two-on-one with forward Bryan Rust, kept him from setting a new record for short-handed goals by a defenseman with five.

He previously shared the mark with Randy Carlyle and Larry Murphy (4 each).

The Penguins’ previous shorthanded goal by defenseman Jack Johnson came on January 19, 2020 in a 4–3 home win against the Boston Bruins.

“Sometimes it is,” Letang told reporters in Florida. “The power play is collapsing down low. They are trying to reach the network. You get lucky jumps and it kind of opens up. Just a great play by Rusty.”

Heinen returns

Penguins forward Danton Heinen returned to the lineup after being scratched for five of the previous five games, starting the game at left wing on the second line with Evgeni Malkin at center and Rust at right wing.

Logging 14:13 of ice time in 20 shifts, Heinen recorded one shot on two attempts and committed one minor penalty.

Sick cats

The Panthers were only able to field 19 players as star forward Matthew Tkachuk was scratched. According to Sunrise Media, Tkachuk is out due to an undisclosed illness that has affected other members of the roster.

According to Cap Friendly, the Panthers have just $600,125 in salary cap space, preventing them from recalling the minor league affiliate.


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