Sunday, December 27, 2009

Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 3

So what happened?
8-2 over the Sens is a distant memory. Tonight the Pens came crashing down the earth with a sobering loss to the Leafs. The Pens weren't ready to go from the start, managing only four shots in the first period. They were playing from behind all night, and when they managed to tie it late in the third, the Leafs were ready with the coup de grace on a blast by Ian White.

Who scored?
Cooke (10), Crosby (23), Rupp (10)

Any surprises?
Just a cumulative one - if you told anyone before the season that Rupp would score 10 goals, you would have been happy with that. He has 10 before game #40.

Any change in the standings?
The Caps have leaped over Jersey and Chicago is playing well, so...
Division: 1st (tied with New Jersey)
Conference: 2nd (one point behind Washington)
League: 3rd (one point behind Washington)

Who's next?
A four game road trip begins Tuesday night in Buffalo, followed by Jersey the next night. Buckle up.

  • It was a curious decision to put Sid, Geno and Rupp out there after scoring the tying goal. You have to trust your superstars, but at that point you'd love just to get to OT and try to win it there.
  • The Pens dominated the faceoffs, 36-22. Normally that would translate into some good time in the offensive zone, but it only worked that way a few times tonight.
  • Fleury made several great saves in the third, but he probably would like a few back. Fleury is great overall, but he hasn't been able to get the shut out. Makes me wonder about goalies in general...

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