Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Penguins 4, Rangers 3 (OT - SO - 1-0)

So what happened?
The Pens played a great road game, getting some timely scoring and then hanging on to get to overtime. Once into the shootout, anything can happen (even against Lundqvist).

The Rangers scored the first two goals of the game, but the Pens came back by scoring three in nine minutes in the second period. The Rangers managed a power play goal late in the second to tie the score, and it stayed that way until Dustin Jeffrey gave the Pens the lead in the seventh round of the shootout, followed by Flower's save on Marian Gaborik to seal the win.

Nice to get two points, and nice to not have to listen to those horrible Versus announcers for a little while (tomorrow's game is also on FSN).

Who scored?
Jeffrey (3), Rupp (5), Kunitz (17)

The Good?
  • The goalies were great tonight. Several of the goals were deflections or bad bounces around the crease. Neither of them were beaten cleanly until Jeffrey in the shootout.
  • Speaking of Jeffrey - he's going to make it tough to get him out of the lineup, and with the news that Mark Letestu is on crutches, Jeffrey may get an extended look in the lineup.
  • The penalty killers were tremendous tonight. Killing five of six isn't perfect, but they had to kill a five minute major penalty to Staal.
The Bad?
  • Tyler Kennedy was a -2 on the night. Not great. He also didn't seem to have a physical game, getting bumped off of the puck too easily.
  • Not good enough in the third period with just three shots to eleven against. The Pens were lucky they didn't lose the game in the third.
The Ugly?
  • The Versus announcers were tremendously bad. The whole thing with Staal was a perfect example - Prust pretty clearly got him with an elbow in the chops. Staal retaliated and was whistled for it. It probably shouldn't have been a match penalty, but either way, the announcers watched the same replay over and over and made no mention of the Prust elbow, or that it was probably a bad call. The Versus crew between periods brought it up... but not Beninati. It's almost like he's an announcer for another team...
Any Surprises?
  • The Pen won a game without the top three centers for most of the year. I'd call that a surprise for certain.
What's their record now? Any important move in the standings?
The Pens are now 32-15-4. They are in second place in the Atlantic, three points behind the Flyers, who lost tonight to Tampa Bay.

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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