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Pittsburgh Penguins Earn an Even Record to Start the Journey to Lord Stanley

by Kaylee Stinebiser

The Pittsburgh Penguins have put up a good fight in the first three weeks of the 2018-19 regular season, ending with a record of 3-3. The Penguins took home a 3-0 win on Oct. 18 against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto.

The Penguins’ season started on Oct. 4 at PPG Paints Arena, where they beat the Washington Capitals 7-6 in overtime. Kris Letang (#58) scored the winning goal.

“It’s always fun to get on the board, especially in overtime,” Letang told NHL.com Correspondent Wes Crosby. “It was a cool moment, obviously with the disappointment last season. It’s good to start that way.”

According to NHL.com, Matt Murray (#30) made 24 saves on 36 shots in the team’s first game.

The Penguins went on to play against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 6. It was their first loss of the season, ending with a score of 1-5.

Coach Mike Sullivan commented on the team’s performance.

“I think we’re a team right now that just wants to score instead of playing the game the right way,” Sullivan told Crosby. “That means playing on both sides of the puck. It’s in the details. It’s making calculated decisions. It’s making good line changes.”

After a 4-2 win at home versus the Vegas Golden Knights that included a hat trick from Phil Kessel (#81), the Penguins hit a two-game losing streak: a 3-4 to the Canadians in Montreal on Oct. 13 and 2-3 at home against the Vancouver Canucks on Oct.

The Penguins’ match against the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Oct. 18 saw a 3-0 win. Murray made 38 saves, according to NHL.com.

Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby spoke of the team’s success.

“I think regardless of who we were playing, we wanted to hold on to the puck a little more,” he told NHL.com reporter Dave McCarthy. “It’s a lot more fun playing that way. That plays to our strengths.”

The Pittsburgh Penguins will play the Toronto Maple Leafs at PPG Paints Arena on Sat. Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

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