Saturday, January 01, 2011

Capitals 3, Penguins 1

So what happened?
The Caps rode a hot goaltender along with a few key plays to a win over the Pens. Both teams had spurts where they turned up the pressure, but Washington was able to capitalize on the chances they received.

The Pens were unable to score on four power play chances. That was the single biggest disappointment. They also allowed a power play goal to the Caps.

Flower was solid, making several key saves, but his miscue when trying to play the puck behind the net gave a wide open net to Eric Fehr on what would be the game winning goal.

It's hard to view this as just another regular season game. It felt like more than that. In the end, however, it is worth the same two points to the Caps, and will be just another loss for the Pens when the season comes to a close.

Who scored?
Malkin (14)

The Good?
  • The effort and intensity was there.
  • Staal was able to return. He was very effective on faceoffs and had some visibility early on.
The Bad?
  • The ice conditions were bad. If that game is on a regular rink, Fleury doesn't misplay the puck.
  • The hit Sid took at the end of the second was nasty and should have been a penalty. You don't really want your superstar getting blindsided on a national TV showcase.
The Ugly?
  • The TV broadcast was the worst part. They were nowhere near close enough to the ice surface. The result was the worst viewing experience I've had since all of the games went to HD.
Any Surprises?
  • Staal's return would be a surprise. Asham playing less than 5 minutes would be another one.
What's their record now? Any important move in the standings?
The Pens are now 25-12-3. They have 53 points and are still on top of the standings in the NHL (though they are tied with Detroit).

Who's next?
It doesn't get any easier, as Tampa Bay is coming to Consol on Wednesday.

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