Category: Game Recap
“Sometimes when you win, you really lose. And sometimes when you lose, you really win. And sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose. Winning or losing is all one organic globule, from which one extracts what one needs.” - Gloria Clemente, White Men Can’t Jump, 1992
Yeah, none of that applies to last night’s game in San Jose. Thanks anyway, Gloria. Say hello to the Stucci brothers.
And the hits just keep on coming for the Penguins. No pun intended. The Penguins gave up five goals for the second consecutive game, while they failed to garner a point in consecutive games for the first time in the Dan Bylsma era, as the Sharks dominated the Penguins in San Jose, 5-0. More bad news could be on the way in the next day or so when test results on Kris Letang’s upper-body injury are received.
I read prior to the Penguins/Kings matchup last night on how the Kings are being compared to the ‘06-‘07 Penguins. Those Pens made the playoffs for the first time in a long while were ousted in five games by Ottawa.
Now that the game is over, and the Kings soundly defeated the Penguins 5-2, I’d say those comparisons are pretty damn accurate.
The one statement I took from this game: The Kings are legit.
For one game at least, this won’t be the typical California trip for the Penguins that we’ve become accustomed to.
The Penguins got timely goals from Alex Goligoski and Pascal Dupuis (with a Saku Koivu sandwiched in between) in a 78 second span midway through the third period to vault the Pens to a 4-3 win over the Ducks at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
The Pens have now tied the NHL record for road wins to start the season with seven, and can break the record Thursday night in Los Angeles against the Kings.
I think we Penguins fans better get used to these wacky games while they have a chunk of their lineup out.
Like tonight, where the Pens are awarded with 35 shots on goal, compared to only 15 for the visiting Minnesota Wild, but lose 2-1.
Kyle Brodziak and Eric Belanger scored for the Wild, while Pascal Dupuis had the only tally for the Penguins.
I wonder what all those self-appointed “experts”, the ones who were asking what was “wrong” with Sidney Crosby this season, are saying now ?
Crosby scored his third career hat trick on the third anniversary of his first one in Philadelphia, while the Penguins had a dominating performance tonight in a 6-1 win over the Canadiens at the Igloo.
Chris Kunitz got off the schnide in a big way, with a goal and assisting on all three Crosby goals.
The Penguins are now 10-2 on the season.
There would be no comeback tonight.
With all due respect to the Florida Panthers, it’s not quite the same trying to come back from a two-goal third period deficit against Tomas Vokoun and the Panthers as it is trying against future Hall of Famer Marty Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils.
It was vintage Brodeur and a vintage Devil-ish performance, as the Devils played a great game on both ends of the ice, while perhaps taking advantage of a weary Penguins team in a 4-1 win at a quiet Igloo tonight.
Over the course of an 82 game schedule, you take the wins anyway you can get ‘em, I imagine.
Like tonight, where the Penguins mailed it in for the first two periods, before waking up with two third period goals to tie the game, and eventually winning 3-2 in a shootout over the Florida Panthers.
Sidney Crosby did the damage for the Penguins with two regulation goals, including the first short-handed goal in his NHL career, along with the only shootout goal.
The Penguins have now started the season with a 9-1 record, whose 18 points ties the record for most points after 10 games for a defending Stanley Cup champion with the ‘84-85 Oilers and the ‘92-‘93 Penguins.
UPDATE: Per the Penguins’ Bob Grove, Gonchar’s injury might be a shoulder injury rather than a wrist injury. There won’t be any Pens’ announcement until Wednesday.
Thank Goodness for the Internets.
Tonight’s game vs. the Blues was the first of eight Penguin games this season on the Versus network. You know what that meant for my DirecTV butt. Well, thanks to a couple of those “other” streams online (thanks guys !), I was able to watch the game.
And because of that, I was able to watch a dominating Pens performance at the Igloo tonight in a 5-1 Penguins win.
The win was not without some potentially bad news. Pens’ defenseman Sergei Gonchar left the game after two periods with an undisclosed injury. Unofficially, there are reports that Gonchar has suffered a broken wrist.
So much for that “first game back home after a road trip” cliche’.
The Penguins used an excellent defensive effort to propel them to their fifth straight win tonight at the Igloo with a 4-1 win over the Lightning.
The Pens are now 7-1 and kept pace with the victorious Rangers for the NHL’s best record. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 of 23 shots to raise his undefeated record to 7-0.
Bill Guerin, Sergei Gonchar, Pascal Dupuis and Mike Rupp scored for the Penguins, while Steven Stamkos had the only tally for the Bolts.
The effects of a four-game road trip certainly showed tonight for the Penguins in Raleigh, as the Hurricanes came back from a third-period two-goal deficit. But the Penguins persevered through the remainder of regulation and overtime, and finally outlasted the Canes on Chris Kunitz’ shootout goal, the sixth shooter for the Pens, for a 3-2 win.
It marked a four-game sweep of their early-season road trip through Philly, Toronto, Ottawa and Carolina. The Penguins now stand with a 6-1 record, tied with the Rangers for the best record in the NHL.
Mike Rupp scored his first goal as a Penguin, while Evgeni Malkin scored his third of the season.
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