Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Penguins 6, Lightning 4

The Pens have clinched a spot in the playoffs. That is the most important piece of information from last night.

Yes, they also almost blew a 4-0 lead in the third. While that is troubling, I don't see it as a big deal. They were playing a team that had nothing to lose. Things will be different in a week when they're playing games that matter.

Another good sign is that Crosby and Malkin both had two points, with the power play notching two goals. Getting both of those guys (and the power play) going heading into the playoffs will be invaluable.

The only thing the Pens need to be careful of when playing the Isles on Thursday is injury. Konopka attempted to kill Geno in the third (Geno's stick went about 30 feet into the air) and Koci left his skates to deliver a check on Max Talbot. You don't want to lose a starter because some scrub is trying to "make a name for himself" by doing dumb stuff.

Two points. Ticket to playoffs punched. It was a good night.

Next up: Take the shirts off of their backs! The Isles visit the Igloo on Thursday for the last home game.

1 comment:

Will said...

Well, it's been a rough road but nice to see them clinch a spot. The PP still kind of scares me, but if they can click at a reasonable rate in the playoffs, they'll be a tough team to bounce out.