Penguins fall to Stars, 2-1 in a shootoutAn offensive outburst hardly seemed likely when the Penguins opened the season.
Star centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were still recovering from offseason surgeries. Jake Guentzel sat out the first game as he completed his COVID isolation period. And by the end of Game 2, Bryan Rust would be sidelined with a lower-body injury.
Yet, thanks to the significant contributions from the bottom-six and depth players stepping into more prominent roles, the Penguins – somehow – were the NHL’s highest-scoring team through the first three games with 15 goals.