I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how much I appreciate you. I've never seen a team so completely self destruct and shoot themselves in the foot, and I watched the Penguins do it quite a bit last year!
You opened the game allowing two quick goals, one on a great shot by Chris Thorburn (that would have been hard to stop, even if it was the Penguins 4th line) and the other one by Derian Hatcher, who so nicely deflected the puck past a perplexed Nittymaki. Just to make Derian feel right at home, the goal went to Sidney Crosby.
Once things settled down, you battled back into the game and actually tied the score at 2, even though this is the kind of game that those in attendance will deny the score was ever close when they tell their children and grandchildren about watching Crosby score 6 points in a game.
However, your good efforts were for naught, as Todd Fedoruk decided to show us that Derian Hatcher might not be deserving as the sole target of Pittsburgh derision by taking the first of his four penalties on the night. Pittsburgh put you out of your misery within the minute and the rout was on.
The shame of the evening is that this game didn't have to be out of reach for you. If you hadn't taken all of those STUPID penalties, this might have been a much closer game, and for that, I thank you.
Your bestest friend,
p.s. - wasn't Jordan Staal's short handed goal with less than 10 seconds left in the game awesome?
p.p.s - I'll really miss you - I won't get to see you for a whole MONTH... January 13th in Philly