Kris Letang returns to the Penguins; scores 3 goals!
Calgary Flames vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (Dec. 12)
Defenseman Kris Letang extended Pittsburgh’s lead with a goal in his first game back from groin injury that caused him to miss five games. Simon Despres took a slap shot from the point, and Letang tipped it past Hiller to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead, 4:43 into the period.
“Kris Letang adds so much to our team,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. “He jumps up into the play. He breaks out clean in our zone. … We have a nice balance to our defense group. [Rob] Scuderi’s a guy who’s a very reliable, shutdown guy. Paul Martin can play both ways, [Christian] Ehrhoff, and then you have Letang, who can jump up the ice and create. Source
|04:43||PIT||Kris Letang (5) ASST: Simon Despres (5), Nick Spaling (7)||2 – 0 PIT|
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (Dec. 13)
Columbus got shootout goals from Cam Atkinson and Ryan Johansen for a 2-0 lead before Letang scored for the Penguins. After Foligno’s shot was stopped by Greiss, Bobrovsky made a save on Brandon Sutter.
“We played really well [in] the third period,” Letang said. “We were really after them. We earned that point.”
Letang’s shorthanded goal put the Penguins ahead 2-1 earlier in the third period. The goal came 11 seconds into a Blue Jackets power play and was started by Craig Adams sending a pass to himself off the boards at the Columbus right point past defenseman James Wisniewski.
Adams and Letang had a 2-on-1 that was completed when Letang took the pass and roofed a backhander past Bobrovsky.
“[Adams] made a great play to suck that guy in and it was me against the goalie,” Letang said. – More