Alex Galchenyuk is finding a fit with Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins
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- Alex Galchenyuk scored a power-play goal in his Pittsburgh Penguins preseason debut, and Nathan Legare scored twice in 23 seconds during a 4-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday.
- In a way, it was just like old times for Evgeni Malkin on Thursday night at PPG Paints Arena.
- It used to be Madison’s Phil Kessel who flanked Malkin, but Kessel is plying his trade in the Sonoran Desert with the Arizona Coyotes.
- His replacement is one of the men he was traded for, Milwaukee’s Alex Galchenyuk.
- Taking a cross-ice pass from forward Jake Guentzel, Galchenyuk gripped and rippe a wrister from above the left circle to the far side past the left shoulder of goltender Elvis Merzlikins.
“From where I was standing, it looked like a hell of a shot,” said defenseman Justin Schultz, who recorded a secondary assist on the score. “That’s what you’ve got to have on those flankers, you’ve got to shoot the puck and it will open up seams.”
- He nearly scored again 30 seconds into the second period when Malkin created a two-on-one rush against Columbus defenseman Ryan Collins. Pushing the puck up the right wing, Malkin saucered a centering pass over a sliding Collins.
- Galchenyuk corralled the puck to the left of the crease and put a forehand shot on net. A brilliant right toe save by Merzlikins denied him of the score.
“It was exciting,” Galchenyuk said. “It took some time to get used to (Malkin). But I feel we get more comfortable with each other out there. We’ll keep building. It’s only game one.
“They’ve been playing together all camp an they’ve got some good chemistry right now,” said Schultz. “They’re all such good skill players. (Forward Brandon) Tanev’s got the speed to create stuff for them. And obviously those other two have great playmaking and can score. It’s going to be a dangerous line for us.”
- Kessel was a point-per-game player in each of the past two seasons.
- Galchenyuk acknowledged there are expectations for him to replace some of that production.
Source: NHL.com, Pittsburgh Penguins; Credits: SETH RORABAUGH, Trib Live
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