By Rob Rossi
Kris Letang had a few turnovers on Wednesday night. He was, as he does, trying to do too much.
Think about the Penguins’ third goal in a 4-3 shootout win over Detroit. Think about Letang’s role in setting it up.
He had the puck in the defensive zone. He spied open ice. He carried calmly into the neutral zone. He gained the red line. He spied even more open ice – only in the offensive zone – and he went for it. He went fast. He did that thing, the gliding at hyper speed. Upon entering the offensive zone, he was near the right boards, and he kept just enough space between himself and those boards to provide puck protection.
Near the faceoff circle, Letang directed a shot on net. It had just enough on it to be difficult control for Detroit’s Jonas Gustavsson. Control it he did not, and the rebound was poked home by winger Jussi Jokinen.
That was Letang at his playmaking, game-changing best.
He did it 10 weeks after taking a stroke.
Rob Rossi, ClearChannel’s Penguins Insider, cover the NHL for Trib Total Media. In addition to this blog, his articles can be found here:http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/