The Blues delivered a lock-down performance in Pittsburgh, keeping bodies on the powerful Penguins throughout Sunday’s 1-0 victory.
Earlier the season the Blues beat them 2-1 at Scottrade Center. So, yes, they have the full attention of the Penguins.
“We didn't alter from what we were trying to do,” Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We knew what kind of game it was going to be just because that's who they are. There's not going to be a lot of space. They play structure. They're always above the puck. You always have to go through at least three guys, so there's not a lot of rush chances.
“So, I thought we managed the puck really well. We played fast when we could. We went after them, forced a few turnovers on forechecks that we were able to either turn into zone-time or a quick chance at the net . . . That's good preparation for us. That's how it's going to be in April.”
Forward Tanner Glass added this assessment for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “That's a tough team, a big, physical team that's tough to play against. They play a physical brand of hockey, a playoff-type of hockey.”
With Sidney Crosby centering one scoring line and Evgeni Malkin centering the other, the Penguins are difficult to face 5-on-5. With Crosby and Malkin playing together on the power play, they are a nightmare.
And yet the Blues throttled them, even surviving a 5-on-3 Pittsburgh power play in the process.
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