The Penguins raised the Stanley Cup Banner in the season opener against the capitals, they would go on to win the game 3-2 (shootout).
The Pittsburgh Penguins raised their well deserved Stanley Cup banner Thursday night October 13th, 2016 in their season opener against the Washington Capitals. Sidney Crosby skated the Stanley Cup on home ice for the first time this year, and the last time as the trophy makes its way back to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, until the club can manage to win the righteous Stanley Cup trophy again. Crosby has been ruled out of the game and will not be able to play for a definite period of time as he has been diagnosed with a concussion. The Penguins look to start the season strong by defeating the Capitals and taking a 1-0 start to the season.
Washington managed to score 59 seconds into the first period and took an early 1-0 lead. However, the Penguins managed to score a power play goal on a tip in front of the net by Patric Hornqvist from Kris Letang’s blue line shot. Then, Evgeni Malkin managed to get a pass on a lucky bounce from Connor Sheary and capitalized taking a 2-1 lead. Washington was resilient however and tied the game 2-2 in the third period, both goals being scored by Burakovsky. The game would eventually go on into a shootout and the Pens managed to come out on top in the fourth round of the shootout. Students from Chartiers Valley High School were interviewed on their thoughts about the game.
Sean McCrerey, (grade 12) “I thought the Pens played well and it was awesome to watch the banner being raised”.
Brandon Marcucci, (grade 12) “They were the better team in the second period and in the shootout, I’m glad to see that they won their season opener against the Caps”.
The Penguins next game is against the Anaheim Ducks at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday, October 15th.