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.