Saturday’s comeback win against the New York Islanders was significant for a couple of reasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
For one, it gave them a clean two-game sweep of a team they are competing with for a playoff spot. They took four points, did not give any back to the Islanders, and are now in the middle of a stretch that has seen them win four out of their past five game (three of which were against that very Islanders team).
But it was also important because of the players helping to drive the bus for the win.
Mike Matheson was outstanding for the second game in a row and scored the game-tying goal late in the third period to continue to give some hope that his season is salvageable after a miserable start.
The most important contributors, though, were starting goalie Tristan Jarry and top defenseman Kris Letang. Jarry was sensational in stopping 33 out of 35 shots in the win, and keeping the Penguins in it through the first period when they came out slow, while Letang scored his first two goals of the season to help drive the offense.