Letang scores in first period in first game back

Part of a wild, 6-goal 1st period
Kris Letang
Photo credit Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Kris Letang scored and had an assist in his first period back following missing time due to the death of his father and an injury.

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Letang played his first game since December 28 and assisted on the Pens first goal by Rickard Rakell to cut a then Florida lead to 2-1. After a goal from Danton Heinen tied the game, Heinen scored on a rebound off a Ryan Poehling shot, Letang tied it.

The 36-year-old deflected/redirected a shot-pass from defensive partner Brian Dumoulin to give the Pens the lead at 18:14 of the first period. Heinen had the other assist.

Florida tied the game with 41 seconds left in the first period as late fill-in Casey DeSmith came out to play a puck as Carter Verhaeghe was charging, the Florida forward got his stick on it first and put it past DeSmith for a 3-3 tie after one.

The Pens lost four of six heading into Tuesday’s game and the Panthers were playing a third game in four days.

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