Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Penguins 3, Islanders 0

So what happened?

Here's what happened - late in the third after the game was decided, DiPietro (moron that he is) decided to take a shot at Matt Cooke. He went high and then flopped like a fish. Everyone got their underwear in a bunch, and then like a bolt from the blue, Brent Johnson came all the way over to fight DiPietro. I only say "fight" because they both started out standing. After one punch by Johnson, DiPietro was down on his backside (Johnson respectfully didn't pound DiPietro when he was on the ice).

It was easily the best thing I've seen all year.

The game itself was honestly pretty boring. The two teams combined for 43 shots, and while there were some excellent scoring chances, there certainly was not a good pace to the play.

The Pens played this game like they knew they were the better team, and it showed. They were helped by some poor goaltending by Glass Jaw (DiPietro).

Who scored?
Kennedy (8), Kunitz (18), Talbot (6)

The Good?
  • Talbot finally scored (an empty netter). He rang a shot off of both posts earlier in the game.
  • Paul Martin had a quiet two-assist night.
  • More great penalty killing again tonght.
  • Brent Johnson's excellent goaltending was only surpassed by his fighting skills.
The Bad?
  • DiPietro wasn't good on the two that he allowed. They'd both have to be considered soft.
  • I'd like to see Tangradi get more than 10 minutes of ice time.
The Ugly?
  • DiPietro's fighting skills.
Any Surprises?
  • Dustin Jeffrey centering Sid's line and playing well. Hopefully he can be a contributor if Letestu will be out for any length of time.
What's their record now? Any important move in the standings?
The Pens are now 33-15-4. They are just one point behind the Flyers for the lead in the Atlantic, though the Flyers do have a game-in-hand.

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


Captain Canuck said...

why would that idiot run the goalie with a 3-0 lead and 18 seconds left??? This is why he's known as one of the biggest cheap shot guys in the league. I've watched it a dozen times now and he purposely runs over DiPietro. Did DiPietro sleep with his sister or something?

Pat said...

You really think Cooke ran DiPietro? Let's consider a few facts:
1. DiPietro was outside of his crease (generally a no-no when the puck is in the no play zone)
2. DiPietro got a penalty for interference
3. Cooke was not penalized for his actions involving DiPietro (he did get two minutes for roughing Matt Martin)

I'd say all of the evidence is lined up against you there, Captain Canuck... but I am a Pens fan, so I may not be the most impartial source you'll find...