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Video: Jokinen scores in Penguins debut

Apr 5, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

During an interview on the bench, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma predicted good things for newly added forward Jussi Jokinen on Thursday. The former Carolina Hurricanes forward delivered, scoring in his first game with the team:

That gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead against the New York Rangers.

Add Jokinen to a list of good-first-impression players that includes (but isn’t limited to) Marian Gaborik, Jaromir Jagr, Derick Brassard and Ryane Clowe. It’s almost as if the 30-year-old forward merely realized that he had to score or he’d look like a slow starter compared to seemingly everyone else.

Granted, it probably would have been seen as a nice debut anyway – as of this writing, Jokinen went an incredible 11-2 in the faceoff circle – but scoring a goal is a great way for him to make an introduction.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Great job Jok…and NY is scum.

    Let’s dissect.

    Del Zotto…Dirty POS.
    Nash – chicken sh*t coward.
    Torts – JOKE.

    Great game. NY is becoming IMPOSSIBLE to respect.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      Yeah some chippy play going on. Great game though. Really wish you guys could’ve held that 1-0 lead though (I’m sure you did too), the Flyers can’t have the Rangers getting points.

      • drone501 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:37 PM

        the pens will get you guys in. guaranteed.

  2. JoeAvg - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Looks like it was a great game. Sorry I missed all but the last couple minutes.

  3. avscanes - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    i hope Rutherford was watching. Canes have no hope of making playoffs. Good luck Jok.

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