Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Penguins 4, Wild 2

Nothing happened in this one until Gonchar rang a puck off of the crossbar in the second period. Literally - NOTHING. It may have been the most boring period of hockey I've ever seen. There may have been some skating and calling people names, but that's about it.

After the Gonchar shot, things got a little bit looser. The play started to go end-to-end, but even with that, the Pens were limited to the outside cycling game. There weren't able to really generate any chances from the slot or the middle of the ice. They tried working shots from the points, but no go (other than the Gonchar shot).

The Penguins first goal was a bit of a fluke - Crosby faked like was going behind the net and tried to come out on the short side. The puck rolled off of his stick, behind the net, where it was picked up by Malkin who stuffed it in on a wrap-around.

The first goal by the Wild was also a fluke. The shot by Radivojevic rang off of the crossbar, straight out to Veilleux who put it into an empty net. It's worth noting that the shot by Radivojevic was made possible by a really bad turnover by Eric Christensen, just outside his own blue line.

Malkin's second goal was much the same - Crosby's shot deflected straight over to Malkin, who had a slightly tougher shot.

Rolston tied the game with a nice move in the third, but then the Pens got their only power play chance of the night. Sykora converted to give the Pens the lead. Crosby added a breakaway later to put the icing on the cake.

Sabourin played pretty well, making all of the saves he needed to make. Crosby had four points, Malkin has two goals and Malone had two points.

The Wild work really hard. You can see their effort on the ice. They're relentless. The Pens would do well to take a page from their book.

Next up: the road trip continues on Thursday in Colorado

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