Saturday, October 16, 2010

Penguins 3, Islanders 2 (OT)

So what happened?
A horrible call against Kris Letang essentially let the Islanders tie the game, but the Pens were able to battle back and win in OT.

Who scored?
Rupp (1), Tangradi (1), Goligoski (3)

The Good?
  • Goligoski's OT goal was great. It was from a sharp angle and he picked the top of the net. I'd say he picked the corner, but the from the angle he was shooting, there wasn't much of the net to see.
  • Tangradi got his first NHL goal. Congratulations to him.
  • Rupp's goal was significant in that he looked very calm and collected when he shot the puck (he put a rebound past DiPietro on the backhand). He didn't hurry, and he didn't look tense.
  • Letestu continues to impress me. He made little plays that contributed in a big way to the Pens winning this game on each of the first two goals. I was a bit worried when he was announced as the fourth line center, but Bylsma found a way to get him onto the ice. He deserves every bit of ice time he gets at this point.
  • Johnson was solid, keeping the team in the game and making several key saves in the third.
The Bad?
  • Matt Cooke. Dumb. One call for goalkeeper interference? OK. Three calls all dealing with DiPietro? Dumb. The second one, he shoved Parenteau into DiPietro after the whistle had blown, right in front of everyone. The third one, he was trying to establish position, but he has to know the refs are looking for him by that point... did I mention dumb?
  • Rick DiPietro, if you're really that hurt, please save yourself years of agony and stay off of the ice. It looked like every time anyone breathed on him, he flopped. No question he took a few shots tonight, but the whole laying motionless on the ground thing has to stop.
Anything Ugly?
  • Take a look at this video:
  • This hit is not a head shot. It's not even a penalty. It was called elbowing initially and was changed to Illegal Check to the Head, according to the FSN broadcast. How can the refs to back and change the penalty? Why on earth don't they let the refs talk to each other and the linesman to see if anyone else had a better angle like they do in the NFL (and sometimes in baseball)? Especially in plays like these where you're trying to protect the players. I can understand erring on the side of caution, but I don't see anything wrong with consulting with the other zebras, especially when Errey was watching from between the benches and immediately said that it wasn't a head shot. If he can see that, how can the refs not see that?

Any surprises?
Continued balanced scoring is always a pleasant surprise.

What's their record now? Any important move in the standings?
The Pens are now 2-3-0 and are in a tie for second place in the Atlantic, one point behind Philly.

Who's next?
A quick turnaround as the Pens head to Philly to play the Flyers. Early start time for this one, due to the Phillies playoff game: 6:00.

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