Sunday, December 10, 2006

Penguins 4, Thrashers 3 (OT)

Great win for the Pens tonight. Malkin and Crosby both score. The team gets a goal from the defense (Ryan Whitney) and Army nets the winner in OT. Can't get much much better than that.

The Pens were kicking the stuffing out of the Thrashers, but could never build more than a one goal lead. Considering how things went the other night, that's probably not a bad thing, eh?

A few positive signs:
  • The Pens out shot the Thrashers 43-23. That's great against an offensive team like Atlanta.
  • Army, Crosby, Malkin, Christensen and Ouellet all had four or more shots.
  • Dupont, Gonchar and Whitney combined for 12 shots. That's a great number from the blue line.
  • The Pens showed great resiliency in not folding on the road against a tough team - these are hard won points that bode quite well for the future.

One last thing - my favorite pet peeve. If you've read this blog for a while, you know what's coming. Somehow, the local media in Atlanta thought that the Thrashers players deserved the #1 and #2 stars (Malkin was third). I'm not quite sure how that is, considering the home team got thoroughly dominated, and was only in the game because of some timely scoring. However, I'll trade the victory for giving away all three star positions any day of the week.

Next up: at Washington on Monday. Should be another tough one.


Will said...

What a great game. Only thing it was missing was a good fight. Glad to see Army get the winning goal. Pens looked real focused last night. All lines seemed to be working and pushing the others. Whitney's goal was great... what a shot. With NJ, NY, and NYI all getting wins last night we really need 2 points. Let's hope they can keep it up on Monday.

Teej said...

Looks like Colby has some renewed confidence... I look for him to really light it up at least in the next few games.