Sunday, February 06, 2011

Capitals 3, Penguins 0

So what happened?
The problem today for the Pens wasn't the offensive firepower of the Caps, it was their defense. The Pens simply didn't have the firepower to get the scoring chances they needed. Neuvirth was solid and made all of the saves you'd expect, and the defense locked down any second chances.

Who scored?
No one.

The Good?
  • There were no other injuries today. The Pens can't afford to lose another center.
  • Tim Wallace, called up for today's game, drew the honor of fighting Steckel, which was a direct response to the hit on Crosby. Nice job by Wallace. I'd rather have seen Steckel have to fight Engelland, but Wallace did the job.
The Bad?
  • The Pens weren't able to get their forecheck going, and weren't able to bring their physical game into play.
  • The Pens weren't able to roll four lines - they played Wallace and Tangradi less than 14 minutes combined.
The Ugly?
  • Five shots in the first period. The Pens need to find a way to generate more offense.
Any Surprises?
  • Ovechkin got hit... and it was around the knee area. I can't think of a nicer guy to get a knee-on-knee hit after his blatant hit on Gonchar in the playoffs.
What's their record now? Any important move in the standings?
The Pens are now 34-16-4.

Who's next?


Anonymous said...

Lame that you wouldn't mention that Cooke's hit was reckless at best and more likely dirty (considering who we're talking about).

Pat said...

You're right - it probably was on the reckless side, and if it had been (almost) anyone else that was on the receiving end, I probably would have made a bigger deal about it. Considering the target, though, I think that karma is a word that rhymes with witch (sorry - this is a family blog)