Monday, February 04, 2008

Devils 4, Penguins 3 (OT)

Tonight we have the good:

The Pens are tied for first!

and the not-so-good:

The Pens blew a two goal lead... in the third period!

The good:

Crusher and Staal combined for a goal and TWELVE shots!

The not-so-good:

Crusher and Staal combined to be a -4! They were on the ice for two of the last three goals allowed, including the game winner in OT.

For me, the glass is half full. The Pens are in first place. They did play a mostly good road game (despite the last 10-12 minutes). They're continuing to show everyone that they can play without Sidney Crosby. That is encouraging.

Conklin had another game where he wasn't up to the standard he set earlier. The Pens have lost four of the past six, and in those games, have allowed 18 goals, despite limiting the shots of their opponent. They need more consistency from between the pipes than they have received lately. Of course, since the glass is half full, this is removing the need for controversy when Fleury is ready (I'm kidding.... mostly).

Anyway, sucks to blow the lead and give the Devils two points. That hurts.

Next up: A four game home stand begins when the Isles visit the Igloo on Thursday.

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