Saturday, October 17, 2009

Penguins 4, Lightning 1

This season cannot continue to be as easy as the Pens are making it look.

It simply doesn't happen.

So far, however, so good.

The Pens dominated the Lightning in a game that wasn't as close as the score would indicate, and the score wasn't close.

There was a bit of drama when the Lightning closed the gap to 2-1 on a power play goal by Stamkos, but the Pens answered less than two minutes later to push it back out to a two goal lead.

Jay McKee put on a shot blocking exhibition tonight, and the Pens as a team put on a "beat on Steve Downie" exhibition, which was really nice to see.

There were a few things to point out tonight that could use some work:
  1. The Pens had a chance to blow out this team and didn't do it.
  2. Along those lines, the power play had extended time on the 5-on-3 late in the second and was unable to score.
  3. Giving any team 7 power play chances isn't good, but the last three of those came at garbage time after the 4th goal was scored. I agree with what Bob Errey said - he felt the refs were just evening things out.
Next up: The Blues come to the Igloo on Tuesday night in the first Versus game of the year. Hope the contract squabble with Direct TV is cleared up by then...

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