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When Bovada.lv launched its newest set of odds for the Norris Trophy, awarded per year to the leading defenseman in the NHL, Kris Letang had climbed all the way up to 3rd on the tote board.
He was tied with Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty at fifteen-two, at the rear of only San Jose’s Brent Burns and Washington’s John Carlson at nine-two.
On Thursday night time, Letang gave an additional illustration of why odds makers commonly know that they’re doing.
Letang scored two objectives in the to start with interval, major the Pittsburgh Penguins to a six-2 victory more than the New York Islanders.
Letang has three plans and twelve details in his previous eleven game titles. For the period, he has 7 plans and 24 factors, rating seventh in the league in defenseman scoring.
“Nothing unique,” Letang reported when requested to clarify his scoring spree. “Just attempting to play my video game and it worked out.”
Towards the Islanders, Letang scored a pair of initial-period targets to give the Penguins a lead they did not relinquish.
At the stop of a especially effective shift by the 3rd line, Letang and Derick Brassard established up a give-and-go engage in on the appropriate wing. Letang fired a shot above the shoulder of goalie Thomas Greiss a lot less than 9 minutes into the game.
Later on, on a routine offensive-zone entry, Letang took a move from Bryan Rust at the blue line and fired a shot previous a display screen unintentionally established by Johnny Boychuk that sailed about the remaining pad but less than the glove of Greiss.
“I had a pair two-goal online games in the NHL that I was close, but it was in junior, the previous a single,” Letang said. “Everybody tonight was striving to get it to me.”
Phil Kessel, who also had a two-goal activity, did not deny it.
“I would have favored to see him get it,” Kessel said. “I asked him in advance of the 3rd if he at any time bought 1 and he explained no. It would have been great for him to get one more just one.”
“Might be for yet another time,” Letang shrugged.
If there’s one stat that jumps off the webpage for Letang this year, it is not his objectives, helps or deficiency of hat tricks. It is his 87 shots on purpose, which qualified prospects the crew.
Letang stated his shoot-first tactic is not an accident.
“Probably a distinct frame of mind likely into it,’ Letang claimed. “Sometimes I have the prospect to participate in with Sid, Geno, those form of guys. I tried out to get them the puck as much as I could prior to. This year, I’m hoping to shoot the puck much more and seeking to build offense that way.”
Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Assessment personnel writer. You can call Jonathan at firstname.lastname@example.org or through Twitter @BombulieTrib.
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