Thursday, December 06, 2007

Penguins 4, Oilers 2

These late games are too much for me. I only watched the first period or so, so I missed all of the good stuff in the third period, but that's what the highlights on are for, right?

From what I saw, the Pens played a better offensive game last night. During the first, they were able to generate quality scoring chances multiple times at even strength. If you give the Pens enough chances, they'll burn you eventually, which is exactly what happened last night.

The Pens finally broke through in the third, scoring four times to win the game in comeback fashion.

With Gonchar returning from injury, the Pens went with 7 defense, and only 11 forwards. The end results was one of the more balanced games I've ever seen in terms of ice time. No one played less than 12 minutes (okay, Crusher was at 11:59). That's probably the best the Pens have done recently. Normally, there are a few guys that play between 3-6 minutes, especially on the fourth line (usually Laraque, Ruutu or Christensen). That's really important for the Pens going into the game tonight against Calgary - they're not completely over-used.

Nice win on the road against a team that had been playing well. Let's hope they keep it up.

Next up: Another one that's past my bedtime. At Calgary on Thursday.

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