So what happened?
The Isles had some jump through the first two periods, but every scoring chance was casually shrugged away by Marc-Andre Fleury. He was the true story of the game tonight. The Isles out shot the Pens 23-15 through two periods, but they couldn't beat Flower (who didn't look like he even broke a sweat in making some difficult saves look easy).
John Tavares looked dangerous for the first half of the game. I didn't notice him after that. Grabner's only notable contribution was falling down when he tried to go wide on Lovejoy (who somehow earned a trip to the Sin Bin for his excellent effort).
In short, the Isles just didn't show up.
Dupuis (3), Park (2), Staal (6)
- Fleury. Like a wall.
- Malkin made his return. He wasn't needed, but it was good to see him out there, and he did have several nice takeaways.
- The goals were generated right out of the system the Pens play. Dupuis took off when the puck went around the boards and Orpik hit him with a great lead pass. Park was the recipient of a nice steal on the side wall by Asham.
- Limited ice time for Vitale and Lovejoy (and Engelland to a lesser extent). The Pens need all six defense with Michalek out.
- Geno had three giveaways from trying to go through people. Fortunately, if there was ever a game to work out the kinks, this was it.
- The attendance at Nassau Coliseum. Where are you, Islanders' fans?
- No funny business. There wasn't even a scrum that I can recall.
What's their record now?
The Pens are 7-2-2.
Another chance for funny business when the Isles come to Pittsburgh on Thursday.