Sunday, October 30, 2011

Unsustainable - Maple Leafs 4, Penguins 3

So what happened?

The Leafs scored first, and that was essentially the death knell.  Every time the Pens tied the score, the Leafs scored again to retake the lead (twice they did it inside of two minutes later).  The inability to hold the momentum after scoring was the most disappointing thing from the game.

The Pens also missed Jordan Staal, as their penalty kill allowed goals on both of the chances against them (both on penalties against Geno, both probably preventable).

This may wind up working in the Pens' favor in the long run.  The Pens' schedule is very light over the next two weeks, and this will leave a bad taste in their mouths.  HCDB should be able to get some mileage out of this in practice.

Who scored?
Cooke (4), Kunitz (4), Malkin (2)

The Good?
  • Two more goals on the power play, including a laser beam from Geno that was assisted by a great screen from Kunitz.  I sure wouldn't stand in there if I saw Geno winding up...
  • Malkin seems to be out of the woods as far as his knee is concerned.  This was his third straight game, and he led all forwards in ice time.
  • The hockey action itself was very entertaining.  The Leafs certainly like to go up and down the ice, and the Pens don't seem to mind that style either.
The Bad?
  • The PK was about as bad as they could be.  Two chances to kill, two goals against.  At least the Pens didn't take many penalties, or this could have been a blowout.
The Ugly?
  • I'm going with the PK again - they were bad AND ugly.
Any Surprises?
  • I was mildly surprised to see Brent Johnson.  Probably not a bad idea to get him some work, but with how well Flower had been playing, it was still a bit surprising.
What's their record now?
The Pens are 8-3-2.

Who's next?
Another West Coast trip, but not until later in the week, on Thursday, in San Jose.

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