Monday, October 5, 2009

Game 2: Pens win 4-3(OT)

There was a lot of talk about Sidney Crosby vs John Tavares.

Tavares now has 1 NHL game under his belt,
Crosby has 4 seasons, 400pts, an Art Ross, a Hart, a Lester B. Pearson, and most importantly, a Stanley Cup under his.


Apples and Oranges if you ask us.

Quick recap of the game:
Not a recap really. Pure crap. A Recrap even.

First Period


11:10 Crosby takes a long pass off of the boards in stride, uses his body to shield the puck from Brendan Witt, buries it. 38 more Sid.
1-0 Pens


10:28 Rupp fights Jackman.


8:32 Fedotenko thinks his skate’s untied, when he looks down to check, Brendan Witt crushes him.
Legal check, Fedotenko goes to the locker room.
Dupuis decides to ask Witt if his shoulder’s ok,
McKee opts for a lengthier conversation.

It appears that McKee is given:
a fighting major, an instigator and a game misconduct for being the third man in.
Also, Malkin gets a roughing penalty.

7:20 Mark Streit happens. PP goal, 1-1.

Second Period


12:51 Isles are on the powerball powerplay. Is it still called that? Probably. Everything’s whored out to ads. Tavares finds the puck and scores on the backhand. It’s his first goal in the NHL. Big whoop.
Isles 2-1


??:?? at some point Fleury posed for this picture.

10:26 Tavares gets a breakaway and, in case you forgot, he’s the next big thing. Fleury doesn’t think so. Still 2-1 Isles.

9:15 Apparently Jay McKee didn’t get a game misconduct.

Looks like a cartoon. Maybe it’s the orange?

Third Period


12:41 Mark Eaton from the blue line. He better quit scoring goals because we’re getting used to this. Crosby wins a faceoff, Letang moves the puck back to Eaton, his wrister goes through traffic and somehow Roloson, who’d been lights out up until then, lets it through. Gonchar’s contract negotiations take a serious hit.
Tied up again.

12:24 Yuck. Josh Bailey to Trent Hunter. Nice shot, but you’ve got a rat stapled to your chin. 3-2 Isles



3:49 Fedotenko makes like Mike Massey and slides the puck across the fallen body of Rat-chin and off the skate of Bruno Gervais. 3-3.

2:39 Guerin takes a stupid penalty. He does that sometimes. Pens kill it.


No Crosby until the third shift. Weird.


Isles: Steve Tambellini hits the crossbar. No good. 0-0

Pens: Letang does the Crosby foot-pump deke, eh, but it trickles through Roloson’s pads. Good. 1-0


Isles: Tavares gets the call, skates down the ice and shoots wide. Where are your slick moves John? No good. 1-0 Pens
Pens: Crosby makes like Mario and skates towards the net almost casually, then shows off his quick release and buries it five-hole.
2-0 Pens


  • Tavares looked good.
  • The Pens’ powerplay appears to have hit midseason form. 0-3
  • Malkin needs a new RW.
  • Jay Caufield still looks like the Frankenstein monster.
  • What, exactly, does FSN pay Paul Alexander to do?
  • We’re officially on EN’s blogroll. Thanks Seth.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Game 1: Penguins win 3-2 over Rangers

The Penguins opened the season with a win against the Rangers.

The new faces on the Pens looked solid.
Rupp looked ok, albeit not that noticeable.
McKee blocked some shots.

Goligoski has it together.

Haiku Recap, along with game pics/photoshops after the jump.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pens get Skoula and Bourque

Skoula is always going to be remembered for that.
Seriously, who could forget that?

But stupid shit happens, and for a guy with over 700 NHL games to his name, that kind of stuff only happens once.
So if you thought for a second that this was what he’s going to bring to the Penguins…get your head right.

This is a good signing.
Skoula’s not going to be anything special.
At all.
But he’s better than Deryk Engellend or Nate Guenin over any stretch.

From Fantasy Sports Services:
  • Is a solid two-way defenseman with excellent offensive potential.
  • Owns a very projectable frame.
  • Still gets himself caught out of position too often, or makes the wrong play at the wrong time.
  • Needs to use better judgment in the defensive zone and boost his production level.

When looking for a picture of Martin Skoula, We came across this:

The Pens also picked up Chris Bourque on Waivers from the Caps.
This guy tore the Baby Pens to pieces, so they have to like this.
But he’s going to get some time with the big club. Possibly a lot.

He’s 23 years old, 5’8 173lbs.
Average sized human, diminutive professional hockey player.

Last year in the AHL he played 69 games and recorded 21g-52a-73pts
In the playoffs he recorded 21pts in 22games
He has 1 NHL goal in 12 career NHL games.

From Fantasy Sports Services:
  • Is fast and tenacious on the forecheck.
  • Displays sound all-around ability and a little scoring upside.
  • Plays with an infectious attitude.
  • People will always question his size (5-8, 181 pounds), so he must continuously add strength to prove them wrong at the highest level.
Career Potential
Top six winger.

Not a big loss for the Caps, but probably not a big gain for the Pens.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The rings.





Thursday, September 24, 2009

Leafsx2, Montreal, Kessel, and more.

Didn’t get to see the game against the Blue Jackets. 5-4 Pens. 
Oh well.

Then on Friday, The Pens played Toronto: 4-3 Loss
Last night: Montreal: 4-3 Loss

And then, The Leafs again.
Of course watching these games (for us) requires a feed. Great.
Thank You FSN.

And of course some of the games aren’t televised at all.
Oh the preseason and the joy it brings.

After the jump…a look at some of the preseason games so far, the Phil Kessel trade/signing, Penguins Cuts/Roster/Lines