In its first six games, Pittsburgh was able to score first in four of them en route to earning eight of the 12 points possible in those contests. Winnipeg was able to tally just eight seconds into the game, however, on a goal by Kyle Wellwood off the opening faceoff, and got his team off and running on a night it earned its first victory of the season, 2-1.
As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Dave Molinari reports, the Penguins lamented the early score after the game.â†µ
"The atmosphere in the building was obvious in warm-ups," Penguins coach Bylsma said. "Conceding a goal in the first eight seconds obviously got them amped up.â†µ
"We expected their team to come hard and play with a lot of emotion, and they did exactly that."â†µ
"They came out flying -- we knew they were going to -- and we definitely didn't match them until later in the game," winger James Neal said.â†µ
The Pens face a quick turnaround tonight as they take on Minnesota in St. Paul. Watch to see if Monday's game helps them get in a flow better early on or if it leads to more sluggish play in the early going.â†µ