Thursday, April 08, 2010

Penguins 7, Islanders 3

So what happened?
It was a great evening at the Igloo. All of the Pens' alumni were in the house and the Pens seemed to turn back the clock to the 90s in terms of their scoring.

The game was pretty close early on, and would have been much closer if not for Fleury. He made several amazing saves during the first two periods, most notably three in quick succession with the Pens on the power play early in the second period.

Sid was originally credited with Guerin's first goal, but he went to the official scorer after the game and had it changed to Bill. It would have been his 50th, and it is just another example of the exemplary character that Sid possesses.

The only real trouble spot for the Pens tonight was the defense. They allowed the Isles to get tons of great chances early in the game. If not for Flower, this could have been a different game.

Who scored?
Orpik (2), Goligoski (8), Malkin (26), Crosby (49), Guerin (20,21), Kennedy (13)

Any surprises?
The Pens scored first, and it was just 23 seconds into the game!

Any change in the standings?
Yep - both New Jersey and Buffalo lost, so the Pens, while still in 4th, are tied in points with the Devils. It was the best possible outcome for the evening.
Conference: 4th (tied with New Jersey, behind due to tie breaker)

Who's next?
On the road to another key game in Atlanta on Saturday night.

  • Not sure how many folks realize this (they mentioned it in the post game show), but Bill Guerin is the first player in NHL history to score 20 goals with 7 different teams. Congrats to Bill.
  • Nice job balancing the ice time by HCDB. Only three guys with more than 20 minutes (Gonchar, Eaton and Staal).
  • Nice job also by the PK to kill off a 5 minute major during the third period.
  • The power play had a multi-goal game, and generally looked good. That could be really big heading into the playoffs.

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