Friday, November 12, 2010

Penguins 5, Lightning 1

So what happened?
The Pens took a two goal lead into the third period and made things exciting. They gave the Bolts two 5-on-3 advantages. The Lightning scored on the first one to cut the deficit in half. The Pens shut the door on the second one. Talbot essentially sealed the game with about 8 minutes left.

Marc-Andre Fleury was great. He made the big saves when he needed to.

Who scored?
Dupuis (5), Goligoski (4), Talbot (3), Crosby (11), Engelland (1)

The Good?
  • Fleury, as mentioned above, was great. His save against St Louis was a huge improvement over what was essentially the same thing as the last time these teams played (when St Louis scored).
  • The team defense was also good. They didn't get caught pinching, so there weren't many odd-man breaks against them (taking care of the puck in the gray areas also helped here).
  • The distribution of ice time was great tonight too. Only one forward played over 20 minutes (Sid - 20:16), and even the defense had their minutes spread out pretty well.
The Bad?
  • Putting yourself in a position to give the Lightning two 5-on-3 situations in the third is bad. I know the calls could be considered questionable, but you can't make borderline plays or give the Zebras an excuse.
The Ugly?
  • My Wife. Every time Steigerwald mentioned the name of Harju (the Lightning forward), she would say "I'm fine. How're you?" There was almost a beating tonight. At least I got the cat to bite her.
Any Surprises?
  • Engelland scored the first of his NHL career. Add this to Orpik scoring against Boston, and I'd say our latest sign of the Apocalypse has arrived.
What's their record now? Any important move in the standings?
The Pens are now 8-8-1. We'll worry about standings if they can win tomorrow night.

Who's next?
A happy flight to Atlanta to play the Thrashers tomorrow night.

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