It’s the end of NHL’s Regular Season and the Pittsburgh Penguins got to finish on their Home Ice, hosting the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.
The Top and Bottom Teams in the East faced off. Max Lagace started in the net. Casey Desmith and Tristan Jarry both getting some time off to deal with injuries before the Playoffs. It was a quiet First Period. In the Second, Freddy Gaudreau steals the puck and Jeff Carter in the paint gets his 17th goal of the Season, his 6th with the Pens. The puck bounces off the stick just enough to find the back of the net for the only Goal of the Game.
Lagace comes off the taxi squad into this game where Home Ice is on the line for the Playoffs. He doesn’t fold under pressure. Instead, he picks up his first NHL Shutout. The Pens Win 1-0. See video for comments from Max Lagace…
As we await the Playoffs, here are some interesting Regular Season Stats. The Pens finished with one of the best records in the League. They have 36 wins, 22 of those came at home, only 16 loses and 3 overtime losses. Pittsburgh is currently holding on to first place in the East Division. Sidney Crosby scored 24 Goals over the past couple months. Those 24 goals lead the Team, just one ahead of Jake Geuntzel with 23 and those Goals put him in the top 10 of the League for Goals scored. Crosby ranks 8th. Tristan Jarry picked up 25 Wins in 39 Games, that ranks him 3rd amongst Goalies in the League for Wins. The Penguins are the East Division Champs, their first since the 2013-14 Season.