Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Penguins 1, Islanders 0

So what happened?
We got to find out just how close the Penguins are to being the New York Islanders - just take away Sid and Geno and you're almost there.

On the flip side, the Pens battled throughout this game, giving the kind of effort that was necessary. Had they not played a complete game, this would have been a different outcome.

Great effort by both goalies, with one stop better than the next. Poulin was just unlucky tonight with one bounce.

Who scored?
Adams (3)

The Good?
  • The Pens found a way to beat a hot goalie.
  • The D jumped into the play frequently (especially Letang) without allowing too many odd-man breaks going back the other way.
  • As mentioned above, both goalies were great.
  • Jeffrey, Letestu and Talbot combined to go 17-8 on faceoffs.
  • Four lines rolling, all night long.
The Bad?
  • Staal was just 5-12 on faceoffs.
  • Not much else was bad.
The Ugly?
  • Did we need both fights at the beginning of the game?
Any Surprises?
  • Are we seeing Ben Lovejoy take over the regular #6 defenseman role? He has played three in a row coming into the All-Star break.
What's their record now? Any important move in the standings?
The Pens are now 31-15-4. They are in second place in the Atlantic, five points behind the Flyers.

Who's next?
The All-Star game is this weekend. The Pens are back in action next Tuesday against the Rangers.

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