Sunday, March 12, 2006

Penguins 6, Devils 3

I saw a graphic during the game that said that this was the first time the Penguins have won two games at home against the Devils in the same season since 93-94. That goes to show you how bizarre statistics can be.

I didn't see much of this game - I was busy developing my ulcer watching Pitt lose to Syracuse. I did get to see some of the beginning (up until the Pens were up 3-1) and a few other assorted parts.

The new guys played tonight - Hilbert, Nordgren and Nasreddine (just called up from Wilkes-Barre). Nordgren didn't play all that much, but Hilbert stepped right in and played over 15 minutes. He contributed too, earning the second star for the night and two points.

The Pens continue to build for next season too, getting goals from Crosby (2), Malone, Ouellet and Armstrong. Even Surovy chipped in two assists. Gonchar continued his improved play with two helpers of his own. All of this bodes well for next season, in my opinion.

The only really telling statistic is that the second leading scorer on the team is still Palffy, and for the season, it will likely be Gonchar. The Pens have some big time scoring problems with their forwards, and that will need to be addressed. Hopefully Ouellet and Armstrong can turn into solid players (not sure what to think of Surovy yet), and the arrival of Malkin will get things going in the right direction. I just can't help but think that this team could really use a few veteran wingers that can score. Unfortunately, the Pens have either traded them or had them retire. The off-season will be interesting to be sure.

Tonight the Pens play the Flyers in the second half of a rare home-based back to back.

Let's go Pens!

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