Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Penguins 5, Islanders 2

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.


ees said...

I actually got to go to this game tonight. A little rocky at first, but improved in the 3rd period. I think the Pen really need to start playing 60min. Against a better team this would of been loss.
One thing I liked tonight was the lines. Especially the ouellett-talbot-christensen line. I think they mesh very well.

Will said...

Congrats on the 500th post!

It was a good game, the Pens played like a team trying to stay in the playoff race. That crap at the end was lame. Blake is a punk, and so is Yashin for that high stick. What leaves me completely baffled is why no one jumped on Blake's face when he speared Crosby. I don't know if no one saw or what but that's the star of you team who is ONLY 19! Someone should have thrown him a beating, even if it was the next shift when he was STILL out there. I mean Malone & Whitney went after Witt for a clean hit! Why would no one do anything after a dirty one?

Anywho... big win and hopefully they can win out leading up to the all-star break.

Fauxrumors said...

1) Congrats on your 500th post!! Having just past our own mile stone of 200 we know how much work goes into maintaining an active blog.
Continued success!

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