Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Stars 5, Penguins 2

So what happened?
The Pens were unprepared for the start of the game. They were down 2-0 by the time they had a 5-on-3 power play for about 1:40. They managed a single shot on net. There were some cheap shots and fights, and Talbot almost tied the game at 2-2, but really, the Pens didn't deserve to be in this game.

Who scored?
Kennedy (3), Cooke (3)

The Good?
  • The team stuck up for each other in the second period, with Kennedy, Letang, Crosby and Kunitz all drawing fighting majors.
  • Much of the second period was exciting, both when they were playing hockey and when they were fighting.
The Bad?
  • The power play. Really bad. 5-on-3 - one shot from 42 feet. They tried three others that were all blocked.
  • Geno was a -3 on the night.
  • Brent Johnson made a few nice saves, but he was pretty bad too. He was a bit shaky early, and any time you allow 5 goals, you haven't played well.
  • How were Rupp, Godard and Engelland in this game, yet Kunitz, Crosby and Letang wind up fighting? Those guys need to try harder to find a dance partner on a night like this.
Anything Ugly?
  • Brendan Morrow, assuming he was aware of Letang's hand injury, gets the Cheapness of the Decade award for picking a fight with a guy who has an injured hand. If he knew about it, that should earn him a special place in Hockey Hell from the Hockey Gods. The Pens must not have thought Morrow knew, because no one went after him.
    Any surprises?
    • Johnson's poor play was surprising, but it had to happen sometime.
    What's their record now? Any important move in the standings?
    The Pens are now 6-6-1. They've lost four of their past five games and are two points behind Philly for the lead in the Atlantic.

    Who's next?
    Friday night in Anaheim. The Ducks are struggling as mightily as the Pens are right now (see what I did there?)

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