Solid win for the Penguins tonight.
Cheap shots by the Isles at the end of the game.
This is my 500th post on this blog!
It didn't look like a happy ending until late. The Pens were up 1-0 after one period on a sick goal by Christensen. He faked to the forehand and pulled it back around to the backhand, letting the puck slide past Dunham ever so easily.
The Pens allowed a short handed goal when they were on a 5 on 3 power play. That's pretty bad, though the shot by Richard Park was pretty good. They took the lead again, only to have the Isles tie the game once more. This was looking like one of those games where the Isles just hang around and grind it out.
That feeling lasted until about midway through the third period. The Pens had taken a 3-2 lead on a power play goal by Crosby, and then Christensen scored his second of the game on a sneaky wrist shot that surprised Dunham on his right and down low. Crosby added one more goal and that was the game.
Yashin clipped Moore in the face with his stick after a prolonged battle along the boards for the puck. It seemed kind of lazy and dirty, which Bob Errey mentioned on the broadcast.
With less than 30 seconds left, the Pens were on the power play (thanks to Mr Yashin), and they had their top unit on the ice, since both Christensen and Crosby were going for the hat trick. Blake pretty blatantly speared Crosby with the puck nowhere near. According to our erstwhile announcers, that was pretty much an intent to injure kind of situation, and Blake could be suspended. I thought it was cheap and dirty. Hopefully the Pens remember it and play like it when they see the Islanders next.
Other than the stupid stuff at the end, this was a good one. Great win. All the more important, because the distance between the 8 and 9 seed was 4 points coming into tonight. The Pens just vaulted over the Isles to get to 47 points, three points out of the 8 spot.
Next up: at Boston on Thursday. Another chance against a team that's right in the playoff hunt. Time to stand up.