Atlanta comes into Pittsburgh tonight in the midst of a franchise record win streak, 6 games, 3 of which they’ve played without Ilya Kovalchuk, one of the best snipers in the game. They’ll be without him for a 4th game…
No Lehtonen tonight either.
This guy has never finished a season below .900 save percentage in his professional career. Jokerit(familiar?)-Present. Solid.
So I attempted to do a game blog before and it was horrendous. This time we’re going to do something a little different.
Intermissions. That’s when I’ll do most of my writing for game.
Is that pathetic? Yeah. Like you were the first few times you rode a bike.
Cut me a break. Jeez.
- Fleury and Moose = starters
- Malkin isn’t that sick. (illness)
- Crosby has JUMP tonight.
-About 30 seconds into the game, Gill hits Malkin with a pass to the skates, in traffic. Love it. Atlanta sucks, but they’re still a professional hockey team, with professional players. Come on.
-Crosby makes an incredibly athletic maneuver to slide on his knees, snag the puck, and make a sweet pass, all in one motion. Nobody else is on board the good ship crosby. Guerin misses on the backhand. Not as easy as it looked. Good Call Errey.
-5v3? no. 5v4? for like a second. Holy Gonch. Nice screen Mr. Kunitz. 1-1
-Then Kunitz goes and gets his own. 2-1
How good is Bob Errey these days? Can pens fans really want anything more of him? Don’t get me wrong, I was a big fan of Mike Lange, but Bob’s doing more than just getting it done. He’s dominating
-Kennedy hits Staal in the slot. Staal strikes oil. If this is the staal we can come to expect on a nightly basis? He’s a steal at 4 mil. 3-1
-Dupuis on Hedberg, shorthanded. Good work from the penalty killers. Hedberg is all effort.
-Yet another tripping penalty, Malkin takes his toll. TWICE. As I’m writing this, Malkin burns them a second time. First goal was 4v4. Second one was a PPG. 4-1,5-1.
“We are so blessed with the names on that graphic,” Steigy.
If there wasn’t a Malkin, would you create him?
-It’s 5-2. I must have missed Atlanta’s second goal. My bad. If Atlanta comes back (knocking on wood) I’ll look up when i missed it. otherwise…
-Eaton has a wonderful opportunity…and he’s a defensive defenseman. I love his effort, but his skills…not the right skills.
-one on one all over the place. Entertaining. Staal, Cooke, Staal. nice.
-Mark Eaton from Sergei Gonchar. If you picked this before it happened…James Randi wants you. Eaton’s been playing 2-way hockey as of late. good stuff. 6-2
-Malkin on a breakaway…penalty shot. Still 6-2.
-Not much news from this period. I could have added alot, but i chose not to type while eating cheesecake.
Malkin gets the puck, 1 second to go, looking for the HT…passes to Kunitz. That is your MVP ladies and gents. Incredible.
Final: 6-2 Penguins
- It would appear that we’re seeing the Jordan Staal we’ve been waiting for.
- Crosby = 100%
- Kunitz > Hossa
- Evgeni Malkin gives a good interview. His english…not so good. But it keeps him genuine and candid. I’m not a Crosby hater or anything…but his interviews suck.
- Did Gonchar have a bad game this weekend? I remember hearing something about that but for some reason I seem to have forgotten.
Seriously though. Atlanta. We needed these points, not because we’re in bad shape points-wise, but rather because it’s Atlanta, and they’re just simply not a very good team, for now.
It’s echoed in every sport, at nearly every level: A good team beats the teams it should.
Sounds like a no-brainer, but we’d be at the top looking down if we’d picked up a few more points against weaker teams.
But that didn’t happen and frankly, it’s not worth dwelling upon. For the time being, the Penguins find themselves in the 5-slot. Not too shabby. Besides that, as Bob Errey noted during tonight’s game, the penguins appear to be peaking at the right time. That’s sure how it seems.