Category Archives: Olli Maatta Jersey

Adidas Cheap Olli Maatta Penguins Jersey Sale Online

Thoughts, musings and observations from the Pens’ 4-3 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs at PPG Paints Arena.

 * The Pens couldn’t overcome an early deficit in their showdown with the Leafs. Pittsburgh spotted Toronto a 3-0 lead, which included a 2-0 advantage just 1:42 minutes into the game. The Pens gave a valiant effort to battle back, but the squad came up short.

* Rookie goaltender Tristan Jarry has filled in admirably for the Pens in the absence of Matt Murray, who missed his fifth straight game with a lower-body injury. Jarry made his seventh straight appearance for Pittsburgh, and fifth consecutive start. Jarry had done a great job of handling such a demanding workload. But, as one would expect, the amount of games did take its toll on the young netminder and it finally caught up to him tonight.

Jarry misread a fake shot by Morgan Rielly and couldn’t make up ground to stop Connor Brown 83 seconds into the game. Just 19 seconds later Jarry was caught outside of his crease and scrambled to recover, but was unable to deny James van Riemsdyk.

Jarry appeared to be a step slow and just off his mark. It’s completely understandable that the 22-year-old would tire eventually. The Penguins were asking Jarry to shoulder too heavy of a burden. He did his best, and this loss shouldn’t mar what he has done for Pittsburgh during these past two weeks.

* From one rookie goaltender to another. Pittsburgh turned to Casey DeSmith at the start of the second period. It was only the second-ever career appearance for DeSmith, and he handled himself masterfully. He slid left to right to deny a great cross-ice chance from Zach Hyman. Later DeSmith showed some confidence by coming way out of his net to challenge an off-wing shot by Nazem Kadri. Overall, it was a good showing from DeSmith.

* The Pens’ attempted comeback was thwarted by Tyler Bozak’s tip goal to give Toronto a 4-2 lead. Bozak’s stick was definitely high and the officials reviewed the play. However, it was hard to determine if the stick was above the crossbar. It was the right call to let the goal stand, but it was a back breaker for the Pens.

* Riley Sheahan scored two goals in 80 games during the 2016-17 season, which included a stretch of 79 straight games without a goal. Sheahan already has three goals on the current campaign, and with his second-period tally against Toronto he has goals in back-to-back contests.

Sheahan has 8 points (3G-5A) in his last 12 games. His confidence is growing and finally the pucks are going in for him. Sheahan has been great defensively and on the PK for the Pens. Now he’s becoming a two-way threat.

*Sheahan’s goal was setup by a nice pass from rookie Dominik Simon. He made his season debut and had an immediate impact. Simon was rewarded for his great play with ice time late in the game on Sidney Crosby’s wing and picked up his second assist of the game on the captain’s late goal. Simon played with confidence and it showed.

* There was a scary play early in the second period when Dominic Moore knocked Olli Maatta into the boards feet first. Maatta was down for some time before slowly making his way to the bench. Thankfully, Maatta was OK and didn’t miss a shift.

Adidas Black Olli Maatta Penguins Jersey For Sale

 Thoughts, musings and observations from the Pens’ 5-4 overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres at PPG Paints Arena.

* The script on this one played out just like Saturday in Nashville, except the ending was much better for Pittsburgh. The Penguins had a rough start, surrendering turnovers and odd-man rushes, and fell behind, 3-1 and 4-3. Pittsburgh would charge back to even the score late, just like in Nashville. But this time, the Penguins completed the comeback by netting the winning tally.

* The Pens have shown the ability to comeback in any game and against any opponent. It’s a nice weapon in your arsenal. But no doubt they would much prefer to have better starts, play with the lead and used their puck possession game to tilt games in their favor.

* How boss was that headman pass by Olli Maatta on the Pens’ second goal? Maatta had the puck behind his own net and banked a pass up to Patric Hornqvist at the opposing blue line. That sent Hornqvist up ice with speed to create a 2-on-1 and a Pittsburgh goal on Conor Sheary’s finish.

* Sidney Crosby found the back of the net for the first time in 12 games. A Crosby turnover in the opening seconds of the second period led to a Sabres goal. After that, Crosby responded by playing with energy and vigor. He tied the game at 3-3 with his power-play tally.

* I love seeing the “dump and retrieve” plays between Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin – harkening back to the HBK days. When Kessel gets the puck anywhere on the ice, even in his own zone, and Hagelin has a clear lane up ice, Kessel will flip the puck into a corner in the offensive zone. Hagelin then has to win a footrace to retrieve the puck, negating the icing and giving the Pens a de facto entry. It was an effective tool with HBK, and Kessel and Hagelin are going back to the well.

* Ian Cole leveled Sam Reinhart in the neutral zone with a clean open-ice hit. Right after the hit both Jack Eichel and Evander Kane dropped the gloves and went after Cole. It was a clean hit, but in this day of age in the NHL any big hit seems to demand a response by the inflicted team. Why must every hit warrant a response? Next time, Reinhart will probably keep his head up.

* Riley Sheahan had to wait 80 games before scoring his first goal of the year during last season. He’s been snake-bitten again so far this season, goal-less 19. But he came darn close to breaking through when he carried a puck across the crease and tried to tuck the puck in. If not for the outstretched pad of Robin Lehner, Sheahan would be on the board.

Sheahan did pick up an assist when his hustle created a turnover late in the second period, and let to a Hornqvist tally.

Adidas Black Olli Maatta Penguins Jersey For Sale

Thoughts, musings and observations from the Pens’ 3-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place.

* To help get the Pens out of their current funk, head coach Mike Sullivan is going back to an old formulat. It’s the one he used when he first arrived in Pittsburgh in December of 2015. At that time, the Pens had little confidence and many faults in their game. Rather than try to fix everything at once, he used a step-by-step approach. Focus on one thing at practice or in a game. As the team mastered that, he incorporated another detail while all along preaching that the team “embrace the process.”

Sullivan is once again preaching to his team to embrace the process. Tonight, their emphasis was on winning puck battles with cooperative efforts. The team won a majority of those battles and was a big reason for Pittsburgh’s success.

* For better or worse, the Penguins-Oilers matchups will always be known as Sidney Crosby vs. Connor McDavid. Tonight was the fourth installment of the unspoken rivalry. And Crosby holds a perfect 4-0 edge on McDavid. It may all be media fodder, but it does keep things entertaining.

* Crosby and McDavid didn’t disappoint. McDavid made one of the sickest individual moves I’ve seen in years when he deked the puck through the skates of Olli Maatta, then made a backhand pass through Kris Letang and onto the tape of Leon Draisaitl. It was an easy tap-in for Draisaitl. McDavid did all the work.

Not to be outdone, Crosby also made a highlight reel setup late in the second period to tie the game at 2-2. Crosby was working with Conor Sheary on a 2-on-1. The Pens captain made a perfect backhand pass that slid by the outstretched stick of Adam Larsson and right to Sheary. He buried for the tally.

* Matt Murray got some of his swagger back against the Oilers. He was very impressive against Edmonton’s first power-play opportunity of the game, making not one, not two, big three big stops to keep Edmonton off of the board. Murray’s best stop was when he stretched out his pad to make a split save on Zack Kassian’s shorthanded breakaway. But his point-blank stop on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with two seconds left in the game wasn’t too bad either.

Murray was pulled in his previous appearance after allowing four goals on nine shots against Winnipeg. He always seems to play his best following a bad game. Murray had the bounce back the Pens needed tonight, and shut things down once the Pens got a late third-period lead.

* The Pens power play connected for two goals in the contest, the second goal proving to be the game-winner. Pittsburgh has now scored at least one power-play goal in all nine road games this season.

The Penguins, who have struggled to score 5-on-5 this season, have relied heavily on their power play to win games. And the unit came through again with a clutch pair of goals. The two man-advantage goals were the difference in the game.

The only blemish was their failure to score on 1:42 minutes of a 5-on-3.

Adidas Authentic Youth Olli Maatta #3 Jersey Cheap For Sale

For Olli Maatta, it’s about time something goes right.

Things haven’t gone totally wrong, to be sure. The Finnish defenseman has been a regular on two Stanley Cup winners over the past two seasons.

But Maatta, 23, has been hampered by numerous maladies since his rookie season, 2013-14. Thyroid cancer. Two surgeries on the same shoulder. Mumps. Maatta conquered all.

But what toll was taken physically? How long would the healing process truly take?

That question seems to have been answered.

Maatta says he feels “great,” and has noticeable jump in his stride. He’s been an offensive machine in the new season’s early days, racking up two goals and three assists in the Penguins’ first five games.

That ties Maatta for third on the Penguins’ scoring chart, two points in back of leader Bryan Rust. Heady times.

Maatta had just one goal in 55 games last season. But the offensive skill has always been there: Witness nine goals in 78 games as a rookie.

“I’m just trying to get it on net when I have a chance,” Maatta said after collecting a goal and assist in the Penguins’ 4-0 home victory over Nashville Oct. 7. “Our forwards do a great job getting in front of the net.”

Said Coach Mike Sullivan, “We’ve always believed Olli has good offensive instincts. He jumps in the plays when he sees them. I believe his hockey IQ is his greatest asset. He sees the ice so well.

“He’s a cerebral player, both defensively and offensively. The fact that he’s getting involved in the offense more is an indicator that he feels good about himself and his game.”

The start of the season hasn’t been perfect for the Penguins, or for Maatta.

The Penguins are 2-2-1. A 10-1 drubbing at Chicago Oct. 5 provided an ignominious moment. Maatta was minus-5. That will ruin your stats for a month.

But things got a lot better just two days later vs. Nashville.

“We won puck battles and had a lot of hits,” said Maatta after. “We don’t kill guys, but we’re tough to play against when we play that way.”

Maatta sparkled against the Predators. His shot was deflected in by Ryan Reaves for the Penguins’ third goal, and then Maatta buried a slap shot over the glove of Nashville goalie Juuse Saros for the game’s last tally.

Maatta got the game’s No. 2 star for his efforts, but not just for his stats.

“Everybody had really good sticks tonight, especially in the slot on plays below the goal line,” said goaltender Matthew Murray. “Olli made a great block in the second period on a guy right in the middle of the slot with a grade-A chance. That’s the difference.”

Maatta, like his teammates, used the humiliation at Chicago as a learning experience.

“We realize how hard it is to win in this league,” Maatta said. “You can’t go out there and play 50 per cent. You’ve got to give everything, every chance you get. If you don’t, it’s going to be tough.

“You can’t get too comfortable. I know we won the last two seasons, but it’s a new season. It doesn’t give you any advantage. You start at zeroes.

“Every game counts.”

Black Premier Olli Maatta #3 Jersey-Official Penguins Shop

Zach Aston-Reese, Jay McClement and Olli Maatta all scored in the Penguins’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres at Pegula Ice Arena at Penn State University. Thoughts, musings and observations from Pittsburgh’s preseason opener…

* The facilities were fantastic, and I thought the coolest part was how many Pens fans were in the student section, called the Roar Zone. I counted just four Flyers jerseys, while the rest were dressed in Pens gear. They started loud “Let’s Go Pens!” chants on numerous occasions. “It was awesome,” Bryan Rust said. “Kind of felt like a home college game for us.”

* The Pens opened the game with Daniel Sprong, Greg McKegg and Carl Hagelin on a line, and those three got off to a strong start. As Mike Sullivan told me after the game, Hagelin is a bonafide NHL player – and when young players have the chance to skate with someone like that, it gives them a chance to be successful. That was apparent tonight, as those two were flying out there, and McKegg didn’t seem to have any trouble keeping up “I think I’m getting better every day, and playing with a guy like Hagelin who’s experienced and really fast has really helped me along through each day,” Sprong said. “I was excited to play with him and McKegg and I thought we created a lot of chances and did a lot of good things.”

* I’ve been talking a lot about Sprong’s shot ever since the Prospects Challenge – I mean, the kid had 20 attempts in one game that weekend! But for as much as he continued to put the puck on net, he also didn’t hesitate to pass when there was an opening. Sprong has been seeing the ice so well and made a number of beautiful feeds to teammates, especially on the power play. Overall, he’s been real impressive so far this training camp.

* Speaking of the power play, the Pens ended up with nine chances on the night. Both Josh Archibald and Thomas Di Pauli drew penalties by using their speed to get behind defenders and forcing them to drag them down. They haven’t spent much time on special teams so far this training camp, save for the coaches going over it a little bit this morning. They put some units together they thought would be cohesive and told their guys just to stick with it. Sullivan said it was a good opportunity for the young players to get power-play time against NHL players, and I especially liked seeing Sprong on that half-wall looking a lot like Phil Kessel. And Teddy Blueger made a fantastic play at one point when he threaded a pass through sliding defenders and a tripped Aston-Reese over to Maatta at the back door for the goal.

* Tonight, I thought we saw more of what Aston-Reese’s game is all about. And while Sullivan acknowledged that it’s still early, he said it was the winger’s best performance to this point. Aston-Reese is starting to get used to the pace of this level, and it showed with the timing of his goal. “I noticed at camp, I might have been in the wrong spot,” he said. “Just like a step ahead or a step behind. I got a lucky bounce when I followed up the play just right and the puck landed right on my stick.” Aston-Reese is at his best when he’s working along the boards and around the net, and he was able to do that tonight.

* After skating with Kessel and Evgeni Malkin in the intersquad scrimmages, Aston-Reese played with Blueger – someone he spent time with in WBS at the end of last season and the Prospects Challenge – and Bryan Rust. Aston-Reese said Rust was talking to them all night, “giving us tips and giving us confidence.” Even though Rust is only a couple years older than those two, to them he’s a veteran and someone to look up to, and it’s cool to see him embracing somewhat of a mentor role. “I know when I was in their situation, I had older guys who tried to give little tips here and there,” said Rust, who wore an “A” on his jersey along with Hagelin and Matt Hunwick. “I think that helps, just a lot of encouragement and tips of things we could do better as a line.”

* The Sabres dressed a lot of their star players, including Jack Eichel, Evander Kane and Jason Pominville, who played together on a line. Overall, it was a great experience for the Pens’ young roster, going up against talent like that in a game situation.