Thursday, October 13, 2011

One and Done - Capitals 3, Penguins 2 (OT)

So what happened?

First things first - the Pens flat out dominated the majority of this game.  Between the first, third and OT periods, the Caps managed just 8 shots on goal while the Pens managed 32.  Unfortunately, they were unable to either find the net at key times, or to beat Vokoun.

The Caps, for their part, did just enough to not get blown out of the building and were the beneficiaries of a very lucky bounce on the Knuble goal (it bounced off of Engelland's skate from the side of the net).  They hung around and took advantage of the few chances they did have.

If the Pens play this way in 10 games, they'll win 9 of them.

Who scored?
Neal (3, 4)

The Good?
  • Johnson was sharp during the second period when the Caps managed a bit of pressure.
  • James Neal is on fire.  If he can find some consistency, he could put up scary numbers this season.
  • The Pens got a key power play goal to tie the game late.  That was a refreshing change from the Edmonton game where they couldn't score in the last 4:30 of regulation despite the man-advantage.
The Bad?
  • Not being able to get more than one during the first period when they were on fire.
  • The unfortunate penalty that Jordan Staal took in OT (the first penalty the Pens took all night).
The Ugly?
  • The gesture made by Asham after knocking out Jay Beagle.  There's no need for that when a guy is possibly unconscious on the ice.  If an opponent did that, we'd all be incensed.
Any Surprises?
  • Coming into tonight, according to Bob Errey, your team leader in hits was Pascal Dupuis.  Wow.
What's their record now?
The Pens are 3-0-2.

Who's next?
Saturday night brings the Sabres to town.

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