Dominik Kahun Undresses Devils Defender And Roofs It For Pretty Backhand Goal
PENGUINS Kahun becoming player Penguins hoped they’d acquired
- For the past few weeks, Kahun has looked very much like the guy Jim Rutherford believed he was getting from the Blackhawks: Fast and shifty, creative and productive.
- He flashed those qualities — and probably a few others — while scoring the Penguins’ first goal in their 4-1 victory against the Devils Friday night at PPG Paints Arena.
- Kahun got the puck from Dominik Simon in the left-wing corner, pulled away from Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen while skating along the goal line, stickhandled around New Jersey’s Mirco Mueller as Mueller slid past him in a futile effort to disrupt the play and then capped the sequence by sticking a backhander under the crossbar behind goalie Mackenzie Blackwood
“(Mueller) laid down, so I had to go around him,” Kahun said. “Then I tried to pick a spot.”
- He did. And he hit it, perfectly.
- Which is how he’s done a lot of things lately.
- Which is to say, like a guy who has six goals and four assists in his past 11 games after putting up no goals and two assists in his first 11.
“We always felt that Dom has the attributes to play the kind of game that we’re trying to play,” Sullivan said. “We felt that it was a matter of time.”
- And Kahun’s time, it seems, has come.
- Jarry certainly looked the part on this night, and his teammates reciprocated by getting him a couple of insurance goals early in the third period.
- Jake Guentzel had given them a 2-1 lead by scoring on a breakaway at 12:27 of the second, but third-period goals 25 seconds apart by Jared McCann (2:05) and John Marino (2:30) choked off any thoughts the Devils had of making a comeback.
“Putting them away early was big,” Marino said.
Sources & Credits: Dave Molinari, DK Pittsburgh Sports
NHL Highlights | Devils vs. Penguins – Nov. 22, 2019
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