Thursday, November 02, 2006

Penguins 4, Kings 3 (OT)

The Kings came out hopping, taking a quick 1-0 lead. The Pens, to their credit, responded in kind, picking up their intensity and work ethic. They scored twice to take a 2-1 lead. This is all I actually saw of the game until this morning, seeing how it was past my bedtime :)

The Kings were in the lead, 3-2, when Noah Welch got his first goal of the season on a shot that deflected ever so slightly off of the defender's skate and past Cloutier.

In OT, Gonchar's shot hit a defender and came right to the skate of Malkin, who buried the puck in the near side of the net. Cloutier had no chance.

A few notes:
  • The Pens were out shot, but at least limited the Kings to 27 shots. That's an improvement over the general trend.
  • I know this is one of my pet peeves, but how is Malkin not the #1 star for the night? He scored twice, including the game winner in OT! The totally unbiased media in LA chose Dustin Brown from the Kings as the #1 star, and to make matters worse, Malkin wasn't any of the three stars. It's inexplicable.
  • Everyone continues to play decent minutes. Only Thorburn and Ruutu played under 10:00. If Cairns returns to the lineup, that will change.
This is another example of a game the Pens would have lost last year, either in regulation or in OT. I think they would have folded once the Kings took the lead in the second period, or given up a crappy OT goal. This season continues to be a different story, however, and the Pens have moved to 7-3. They are now 4-0 on the road (WOW!) and, say it with me, in sole possession of first place in the division. Let's hope this continues (though I would expect them to lose at least one of the next two games).

1 comment:

Faux Rumors2 said...

1) Very exciting game! These Pens are starting to remind us of the run and gun teams of the late 80's.
2) Not to worry about the Malkin over sight. Its home town scoring at its best. He was certainly one of the 3 best out there last night/this morning.