It was a pretty goal. A goal scorer’s goal. One born of hustle, desire and determination.
Chasing a loose puck through the neutral zone late in the Penguins’ 6-2 victory on Monday night, Scott Wilson streaked past Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman with a jet-pack burst and retrieved the rubber in the Lightning zone. Eyeing goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, No. 23 showed forehand before deftly switching to the backhand and lofting the puck over the rangy netminder’s outstretched glove.
It was the kind of high-energy play the Pens were expecting from Wilson after the 24-year-old left wing led the team in scoring during the preseason.