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PITTSBURGH – The Penguins’ off-season signing, Blake Comeau,  might be referred to as ‘the piece’ after the current campaign.

Not the return of Malkin, Corsby, Hornqvist, Letang or whomever was on the IR-list has sparked the Penguins’ game up to its potential – no. It took Blake Comeau to do so.

Following an absolutely dominant victory over the league’s arguably hottest team (9-1-0 in last 10 games before tonight’s), one was questioning, where this team had hidden throughout the last 2 months.

1:51 into his returning contest, Comeau assisted on the opening goal by Patric Hornqvist, only to have the favor returned by the Swede about ten minutes later when Comeau blasted a point-blank one-timer by Detroit goaltender Petr Mrazek.

Before even half of the game was over, the Penguins were up by four. Maxim Lapierre, with his first assist as a Penguin, and David Perron connected for a goal, as did Nick Spaling and Rob Scuderi whose shot got tipped down to the ice by Spaling. The puck’s change of direction left Mrazek with no chance to make a save on the play.

Pittsburgh’s only penalty of the night against Steve Downie proved to be costly. It wasn’t until that point, when Marc-André Fleury’s career long shutout streak came to an end after slightly over 165 minutes. Steven Weiss deflected a Zetterberg shotpass by Fleury, off the post, off of the goalie’s leg and into the net.

It was the Flower’s second career long shutout streak of the season.

Even Sidney Crosby enjoyed a milestone night. A quiet one, for sure, but he played in his NHL game number 600.

Pittsburgh’s only area of concern remains the powerplay after tonight, but they had a few very good looks. Still, they passed up too many shots. It will come. The Pens had a lot of jump all over their line-up tonight.

The man of the Wednesday Rivalry Night was definitely Blake Comeau, though. All is well with him being back for the Pens. Even this recap’s title.


(Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)

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