Monday, October 18, 2010

Penguins 5, Senators 2

So what happened?
The Pens jumped out to a big lead (3-0 at the end of the first) and never looked back. The Sens scored a few to make it interesting, but the Pens had essentially shut it down by that point.

Who scored?
Letestu (4), Crosby (4), Malkin (2), Dupuis (1), Letang (1)

The Good?
  • The Pens didn't take the foot off of the gas until they were up by four in the second period. That is encouraging. In past years, they would have been happy with the 3-0 lead and laid back.
  • Johnson continued his hot play. He's your starter right now until he loses a game, I think.
  • The young defense is playing well. Hutchinson played more minutes than Lovejoy and Engelland, but all three played decent minutes.
  • The power play had another multi-goal game. I think we can consider them hot right now with the man advantage.
The Bad?
  • Tangradi only played about 10 minutes despite the blowout. I think he's ticketed for Wilkes Barre whenever an injured forward is ready.
  • I know Sid stands up for himself, but the last thing you want to see is him trading shots with Matt Carkner with a three goal lead in the third period. Just skate away, Sid... please.
  • Probably a nit-pick, but was there any reason for Engelland to fight with a 3-0 lead in the first? You know why Neil wants to fight, but if I'm the Pens, you don't want to do anything to give the Sens a jolt...
Anything Ugly?
  • Nope - this one was out of reach early, and the Sens didn't really show much while the game was still in doubt.
    Any surprises?
    • Letestu continues to score. Did anyone see this kid being this good early on?
    What's their record now? Any important move in the standings?
    The Pens are now 4-3-0. They'll be in first place at the end of the night, but it remains to be seen if they'll be tied with the Isles.

    Who's next?
    The Predators in Nashville on Thursday.

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