Sunday, January 21, 2007

Penguins 8, Maple Leafs 2

That was a good old-fashioned butt whooping. The Pens gave up the first goal, got the equalizer within two minutes, and never looked back. It was 3-1 after one, 5-1 after two and 8-2 for the final score. Toronto was beat up one end of the ice and down the other.

The Pens scored FIVE times on the power play, something which will help their numbers greatly (just in time for the mid season review I'll be doing over the All Star break).

Jarkko Ruutu got a chance to show why he should be considered for shoot out duty by converting a penalty shot to make the game 2-1.

Malkin had five assists, Recchi had a hat trick (4 points total) and Crosby had three points (one goal).

Perhaps more importantly, both Ouellet and Malone scored. These are two guys the Pens need badly if they have any thoughts of the playoffs in the second half of the season.

The Pens are now tied for the 8th and final playoff spot with Toronto and the Rangers, and they have games in hand on both of those teams.

Next up: the All Star break. Then on the road against Dallas and Phoenix next Friday and Saturday nights.

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