Saturday, October 30, 2010

Penguins 3, Hurricanes 0

So what happened?
A great all around team game by the Pens, coupled with some solid play between the pipes (and a few lucky bounces) led to a shutout victory.

Who scored?
Dupuis 2 (3, 4), Talbot (2)

The Good?
  • The first two goals were earned by taking the puck to the net. On the first one, Dupuis was on the left with Sid on the right. Pascal just kept going towards Cam Ward. The defenseman never took Dupuis, expecting the pass, and Pascal put it past Ward. Talbot's was similar in that he kept going, and different in that he sort of missed the puck and that threw Ward off enough to let the puck go through. If Fleury gives up that goal, everyone is screaming.
  • Johnson was excellent. He was following the puck extremely well.
  • Goligoski and Lovejoy were each a +3.
  • Asham looks like he'll fit in just fine.
  • Sid went 13-5 in the faceoff circle and the team was 36-16 as a whole (that's domination).
The Bad?
  • No Geno, though he did try things out in the warm up. To me, that means he's not too far away.
  • Letang left with an injury to his hand. It looks like it was still hurting from blocking a shot last night against the Flyers.
  • Too many penalties taken by the Pens. They can't allow six chances on the power play and expect to win.
Anything Ugly?
  • Some of those penalty calls were amazingly bad. Almost makes me want to check how the refs (Furlatt and Kimmerly) are with the Pens historically.
    Any surprises?
    • Eric Godard played the second-most minutes of his Penguins career (8:51). It helps that the Pens had the lead, but still, Bylsma's commitment to four lines is excellent.
    What's their record now? Any important move in the standings?
    The Pens are now 6-5-1. The Flyers won tonight too, so the Pens are tied for first in the Atlantic and second in the East.

    Who's next?
    The Pens are off until Wednesday, when they head to Dallas to play the Stars.

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