September 23, 2014
by Jason Mackey
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Beau Bennett said he’s eating his vegetables.
His shot certainly looked healthy when he scored in the second period during Monday’s 2-1 loss to the Red Wings in a preseason game at Consol Energy Center.
Off a faceoff in the right circle, Bennett took a pass from defenseman Taylor Chorney, glided backward — Root Sports color commentary Bob Errey said he was “doing the moonwalk,” yet another reason why the man is awesome — and whipped a wrister that beat Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard glove side.
Bennett’s wrist are healthy. Need proof? Watch the replay of that goal.
“In recent years, I’ve been shooting out there, just kind of muffing it toward the net,” Bennett said. “(Monday), I was trying to pick spots.”
Bennett said he was banged up last preseason, fighting through an injury for the first five games, but that’s not been the case this year. Not even close. Offseason surgery and rehab on his wrist have him feeling 100 percent.
“It’s nice to come in and be really healthy, eat my vegetables and have strong bones,” Bennett said. “It’s been a good summer.”
Other observations from Monday:
>>The Penguins fared well in the faceoff circle, better than I thought. They won 28 of 47 draws for a 60-percent success rate. Center Brandon Sutter went 14-5 for an absurd 74-percent mark. Jean-Sebastien Dea, who’s had an impressive camp and rookie tournament, won four of his five draws.
>>Pavel Datsyuk is good. Just ridiculously good. The pass he made to Tomas Tatar … the gathering of the loose puck then roofing the shot over Marc-Andre Fleury … Datsyuk is special.
But why the heck is the guy playing in the third period of a preseason game when he gets creamed by Rob Scuderi? We’ll likely never know the answer to that question.
“You’re facing a pretty good player there, a world-class player,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said of Datsyuk.
“His puck movement, seeing players away from the puck,” Johnston added, “he’s going to test your penalty kill.”
>>So will penalties, and the Penguins had too many of those. Six, to be exact. And Detroit converted twice on the power play.
The Penguins’ top PK unit was Blake Comeau, Paul Martin, Nick Spaling and Scuderi, with Spaling and Scuderi logging more than 6:00 on the penalty kill.
Considering two of those four are new, Johnston admitted there’s still some work to be done. Oh, and the Penguins went 0 for 4 on the power play, handing the special teams battle to the Red Wings.
“Do we have some things to work on? Sure,” Johnston said. “We have a lot of killers who hadn’t worked together before out there. With the changes, we have to implement some things on our special teams units.”
Scuderi didn’t think it was much of a problem.
“I think on the first one it was just a missed assignment. Mistakes happen,” he said. “The second one I thought was a pretty fortunate bounce. You have a scramble in front. They have five guys, we have four. It ends up in the back of our net. It’s something we want to work on, but I wouldn’t read too much into it. It’s one game.”
Thanks for reading, as always, folks. Really.
Some #TribHKY links for Tuesday:
Josh Yohe takes a look at all those offensive defensemen
Short gamer on Monday’s 2-1 loss to the Red Wings
Notebook: Crosby gets some early work
Lineups for Tuesday’s preseason game at Columbus
Be GRATEFUL to each other,