Sunday, October 17, 2010

Penguins 5, Flyers 1

So what happened?
The Pens turned a close game into a blowout in the third period and easily beat the Flyers.

Who scored?
Kunitz (2), Letestu (3), Crosby 2 (3), Cooke (1)

The Good?
  • The biggest positive to take away from this game, and there were several, is that while the game was still in doubt, the Pens didn't panic when the Flyers pressed the issue. They held their ground, especially the young defensemen.
  • Brent Johnson was excellent. He certainly was a little bit lucky (like with Carter and Richards hitting the post), but he made several excellent saves. Does Bylsma ride the hot hand going forward?
  • Mark Letestu had another great game. I think he's solidified his position to survive the coming roster squeeze when Staal and Asham return.
  • Sid had a great game, though his goals were assisted by what might be called "not the best goaltending".
  • I heard one "Crosby Sucks" chant that was prompted by the organist, and that seemed to do the trick. You'd think those morons would learn to stay quiet in the hopes that Sid wouldn't torch them, but they're not that smart.
The Bad?
  • Eric Tangradi wasn't really bad, but he hasn't done as much to distinguish himself as Letestu has. I wouldn't be surprised to see him go back to Wilkes Barre when Staal returns.
  • Mike Comrie still hasn't found his way in the offense. He's largely an invisible man right now, and that's not going to help him, considering that he doesn't kill penalties.
Anything Ugly?
  • No, amazingly. There were a few exchanges that tended towards thuggery, but these Flyers seem to be all about hard work and grit without the nonsense.
    Any surprises?
    • Johnson starting would have to be a surprise, but it paid off.
    What's their record now? Any important move in the standings?
    The Pens are now 3-3-0 and are in a tie for first place with the Islanders.

    Who's next?
    The Sens come to Consol on Monday night. It'll be nice to see Sarge again, though I hope he doesn't torch us. I also hope the fans don't boo him - he doesn't deserve it.

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