Saturday, December 04, 2010

Penguins 7, Blue Jackets 2

So what happened?
This is getting embarrassing. The Pens smeared the Blue Jackets tonight. At the end of the first period, the score was 4-0, Steve Mason had been chased, and the shots were 16-2 in favor of the Pens. This isn't a case of the statistics lying either - it was clearly that one-sided.

Who scored?
Martin 2 (2,3), Rupp (2), Crosby 2 (22, 23), Kennedy (5), Engelland (2)

The Good?
  • What wasn't good?
  • Fleury made some key saves when the game was marginally in doubt (though any time you face just two shots in a period, you have a good chance to win).
  • The power play scored three times, which was good to see considering Geno was out with a knee injury.
  • There was no funny business. I fully expected to see someone get a little too over-zealous, but there really wasn't anything. The only fight was a direct result of some stick-slapping during a faceoff.
The Bad?
  • Nothing. Really.
The Ugly?
  • I can't come up with anything. Maybe the Blue Jackets first goal. It was a deflection by Pahlsson, who was standing alone in front of Fleury. The reason Pahlsson was all alone? He had cross-checked Michalek in the back and right out of the play.
Any Surprises?
  • Geno missing the game was a surprise.
What's their record now? Any important move in the standings?
The Pens are now 18-8-2. They are tied for the NHL lead in points with the Caps. They lead the Flyers in the Atlantic by two points.

Who's next?
The Devils come to Consol on Monday night.

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