Thursday, December 24, 2009

Penguins 8, Senators 2

So what happened?
Wow. Was there anything that didn't go right for the Pens? Let's quickly check the list of accomplishments:
  • Fleury was incredible, earning the #1 star. He kept them in the game early on.
  • Geno had the hat trick.
  • The power play matched it's best output of the season.
  • Sid won 17 out of 25 faceoffs.
I could keep going - everything other than allowing 24 shots in the first period went really well.

Who scored?
Malkin (11, 12, 13), Guerin (10, 11), Fedotenko (7), Kunitz (5), Gonchar (5)

Any surprises?
I was surprised by the Sens offensive onslaught in the first period. I didn't know they had it in them. Good thing Flower was up to the challenge, or this could have been a vastly different game.

Any change in the standings?
The Pens are back on top (I know, that technically Jersey is ahead due to games-in-hand, but I'm going with the total points).
Division: 1st (tied with New Jersey)
Conference: 1st (tied with New Jersey)
League: 1st (tied with New Jersey)

Who's next?
It's a happy Christmas break and then Toronto comes to the Igloo for a rare Sunday night game.

  • Craig Adams sure can hit, but I think he's earned the Ryan Malone Trophy for fighting so far. He always seems to get messed up.
  • Shean Donovan had to be ticked that Matt Cooke wouldn't fight him. I wouldn't fight him either - Cooke's hit (that injured Donovan) didn't look dangerous at all - there should be no need for payback.
  • The Pens were trying like crazy to get Guerin the hat trick, which resulted in 16 shot attempts (7 missed the net) for Bill.

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