Monday, January 14, 2008

Penguins 4, Rangers 1

Ty Conklin is unbelievable.

There really isn't any better way to put that. He has stopped everything that you'd expect and then some. Tonight he stopped 43 shots, allowing only a power play goal to Jagr (it's good to let Jaromir score when in Pittsburgh - that way he doesn't try to end it all in his despair).

Malkin had the hat trick tonight, his second of the season and second of his career.

The Pens jumped out to a big lead and then let the Rangers keep coming at them. They were badly out shot, especially in the second period (17-2). The Rangers, though, couldn't do anything with all of those shots, mainly because of the aforementioned Conklin. I'd like to see the Pens be able to put the foot on the throat and open up a four, five or six goal lead. Keep pouring it on and let teams know that once they get down, they're not coming back.

The power play broke out tonight as well, with two goals. That's actually significant, as they haven't managed a multi-goal game from the PP since December 11th. They've managed it only three times (as of tonight) since October.

If the power play can get rolling (as it has the ability to do), this winning streak can continue. You have to expect that Conklin is going to come back to earth sometime (though he can take his time about it as far as I'm concerned). Having the offensive guns going when he does would be a huge boost.

Great win in the division (yeah!) for the Pens.

Next up: A well deserved rest until Friday when those lovely Lightning come to town.

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