So what happened?
The Pens were opportunistic with their scoring chances. They only fired 28 shots on net (a low total for them), but were still able to get four past Martin Brodeur, who did not have one of his better games.
None of the goals were overly pretty, other than Crosby's beautiful breakaway, but they all were right place at the right time type of goals. Kunitz was available for a pass when Geno stole the puck from Brodeur behind the net. Dupuis was charging toward the net on the rush when a rebound was tipped back out to him. Staal had the puck following him, and although he misplayed it a bit, he was able to shoot back against the grain and beat Brodeur.
The defense was also not bad, though they did suffer through several extended sessions in their own zone. If a team like Jersey can do that, imagine what the Flyers or Rangers might do given the chance. The Pens will need to clean up their play in their own zone before they're ready to face the tougher opponents next weekend.
Kunitz (23), Staal (23), Dupuis (23), Crosby (4), Malkin (46)
- Faceoffs - Sid, Geno and Staal were all positive on the draw. That's crucial against a team like New Jersey. Winning the draw means they have a harder time setting up their trap.
- Letang and Crosby both took hard hits (Letang collided head-to-head with Zubrus) and nether seemed any worse for wear. Hopefully that good feeling continues tomorrow when they wake up.
- Paul Martin was a +4 in almost 23 minutes of ice time. He probably didn't play quite that well, but he also wasn't as bad as his +/- showed earlier in the season.
- Ben Lovejoy left with an apparent injury. With Matt Niskanen also hurt currently, I imagine we'll see Simon Despres if Lovejoy will be out for any extended period of time.
- Patrick Elias on faceoffs. Eight draws, eight losses. It doesn't get any uglier than that.
- Dan Potash's face when he was goosed by Pascal Dupuis after the second period (I can only assume Dupuis goosed him - you couldn't see what actually happened). Potash, to his credit, held it together after he was finished jumping.
What's their record now?
The Pens are 47-22-6. They have 100 points on the season!! They are one point behind the Rangers and four ahead of the Flyers. All three teams have seven games remaining.
It's a home and home with the Islanders, starting on Tuesday at Consol.