Saturday, December 22, 2007

Islander 4, Penguins 2

Let's play the blame game, specifically about those four goals the Pens allowed last night.

I'm putting the first two squarely on the shoulders of Dany Sabourin. I know the D backed off on Satan (who wouldn't back off of the Dark Lord), but you need the goaltender to make that save. Hilbert's goal is certainly on Sabourin. I know it was a 3-on-2, but it wasn't a tap in, it was a wrister from 15-20 feet.

The third goal, though it was a bad angle, was certainly on the defense. When you have Hilbert in front of Sabourin and Comeau with a straight look at the net, something's wrong. No one got in front of the unfortunately named Blake Comeau, and no one bothered to move Hilbert. Not good.

The fourth one was dumb luck, and wasn't the fault of anyone in particular.

All of this is to say that there was no reason for the Pens to lose that game. They only managed 5 shots in the third period, which again is troubling, but they had a 2-1 lead and it was 2-2 going into the third. Ugh.

Next up: Sunday afternoon for the first time this season as those wonderful Bruins visit the Igloo.

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