Starkey: Michalek Deserves Shot On Power Play

Zbynek Michalek

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By Joe Starkey

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Hey, everything else has failed. Why not try Zbynek Michalek on the power play?

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma did just that Monday at practice. I asked Bylsma why. He said because Michalek can shoot. Period. Makes sense to me.

It’s not like adding Ray Bourque or Sergei Gonchar — or even Alex Goligoski — to the Penguins’ miserable power play, but this team can no longer afford to have a player (Paul Martin) on the point who cannot shoot.  Michalek, taking one-time passes from Kris Letang, didn’t look a bit out of place at practice. For a power play that has gone something like three for its past 3,000, that’s good enough for me.

The “Z” man deserves shot.