Sunday, October 22, 2006

Penguins 5, Blue Jackets 3

This one was a great game for the Pens. They scored all of their goals in special teams. Jordan Staal continued to make a case for staying with the team, a case that will be strengthened with the injury to Ryan Malone (he broke a bone in his wrist). The Pens also improved to 4-3 and have a winning record!!

The few troubling spots (just so we don't have unabated glee around here):
  • The Pens allowed two goals on the PK
  • They also had to defend 11 power plays by Columbus
  • Ryan Malone broke his wrist and is out about 6 weeks
  • Kris Letang continues to look more like a power play specialist, playing only about 4-5 minutes at even strength (pretty low for a defensemen)
  • The Pens are relying pretty heavily on a small group of players. Nils Eckman, in particular, has seen his playing time begin to drift downwards.
All in all, it was a great game that was fun to watch. Malkin had a nice goal, and Staal's penalty shot was one you don't see every day (it rang off the post, bounced off the goalie twice and went across the goal line - the ref initially waived it off and then, with replay, the allowed the goal).

Next up: another shot at New Jersey on Tuesday at the Igloo.

1 comment:

Tim said...

Good to see Gonchar off to a strong start, obviously something atypical of him - which is a good thing!

I hope Jordan Staal plays more than just the next three games; he is really turning into one of the league's best penalty killers... no one else has more shorthanded goals.