Friday, February 16, 2007

Penguins 5, Devils 4

We'll start at the end. What a finish to the game! The Devils were down 5-4 and pulled Brodeur. They pressured the Pens to the breaking point but just couldn't get the tying goal. The Pens were terrific in their tenacity to keep the puck out of the net. Eaton, Gonchar and Fleury all played key roles in the last 60 seconds.

The Pens were up 5-2 entering the third period. The Devils managed to get two past Fleury, one on a great play by Parise and the other by Zajac. Parise knocked the puck down out of the air, drew it back to his forehand and deposited it into the open net. Zajac shot a slapper from near the blue line which Fleury tried to catch. It deflected off of the top of his glove, right into the net behind him. That one was totally on Marc-Andre.

It's troubling to see the Pens let the Devils back into the game like that. They had a stranglehold on the game. If this were an isolated occurance, then we could chalk it up to a tough game on the road against a good team. However, it's becoming a habit for this team lately. Sooner or later, it's going to burn them. However, for now, I'm still ecstatic that they're winning. Fifteen in a row with points.

This one featured the latest and strongest evidence that the Apocalypse is upon us:

Jarkko Ruutu scored twice AND was the #1 star in the game. Jarkko also played more minutes at even strength than Evgeni Malkin.

Take a second and let that sink in. This might be a team of destiny.

Random thoughts:
  • Nice deflection work on the first goal by Jarkko.
  • Great work by the third and fourth line. Tonight showed how valuable it is to have four lines.
  • Great to see Sid put one behind Brodeur.
  • How bad was the attendance in the Continental Airlines Arena? No official numbers up yet... but it couldn't have been good - there were TONS of empty seats.
Next up: vs Washington at the Igloo on Sunday

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