Friday, December 15, 2006

Penguins 7, Islanders 4

This was a great game for most of the time. All of the time, in fact, except for about three minutes in the third period... but I'm getting ahead of myself. First, the positive:

The goal onslaught continues. Sidney Crosby continues to be on fire as he's playing with a winger that is showing the ability to finish. That winger isn't named Recchi, Malkin or Armstrong - it's Malone. Ryan had the hat trick tonight, but since it was ski cap night at the arena the ice was littered.

The Pens put the throttle down early and didn't let up until it was 6-1 with 10 minutes remaining in the third period. That's when my negative comments come into play.

First, the Pens seemed to go to sleep a bit. They took some bad penalties (though crappy calls, to be honest) and couldn't kill the penalties. This was due in large part to my biggest frustration of the evening - Jocelyn Thibault's total inability to prevent a stupid rebound. All three of those goals were shots straight in on him that rebounded right out in front of him. I know the Pens D should take care of that, but on the PK, that might not be possible. The Pens needed Thibault to be their best penalty killer, and he was killing them instead.

Anyway, enough harping. The Pens won. The PK needs to be better, but I don't think all of those goals go in if Fleury is in net.

Congrats to Malone on the hat trick, Recchi for his 800th assist, Crosby for crossing 50 points for the season and Thibault for his first win of the year.

Next up: at Montreal tomorrow night.

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