by Tony on 05/01/10 at 11:53 AM ET
UPDATE 10:58: Per RDS via HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman tweet, Staal is done for the year after tendon surgery.
I always wonder whether Mike Yeo has ever read any of my criticisms of the Penguins’ power play. I do know that some of the Penguins’ staff and players do read some of the Pens blogs, whether they read this one, aaah forget it.
So as one of Yeo’s more harsh critics, I have no recourse other than to tap my stick after a four-goal performance with the man advantage in the Penguins’ 6-3 win in Game One over the Canadiens.
It was arguably the most dominating the Penguins have been on the power play since the early 2000’s, when their 1st power play unit was Lemieux, Jagr, Lang, Kovalev and Straka.
But the win aside, both the Penguins and the Habs could be shuffling their lineups after potentially significant injuries to significant players.
Matt Cooke started off the festivities with an absolutely clean hit on star defenseman Andre Markov. Looked like Markov’s knee twisted awkwardly. Unfortuntely, looks like Markov’s might have some ligament damage, but of course that’s only my half-assed speculation. By the way, those of you who’re claiming that Cooke’s hit was late, you sir/madam are a dunce. Cooke’s no Boy Scout, I even have no problem calling him dirty, but that was completely legal.
Then midway through the second, in another awkward collision, Montreal defenseman PK Subban’s skate looked to slice Pens’ 3rd line center Jordan Staal’s skate near the top of the foot or ankle. After some initial speculation from around the internet tubes that it might be a high-ankle sprain (still might be, but I’d be surprised at this point), those that saw Staal after the game said his departure from the Igloo in crutches looked to be merely a precaution rather than a necessity.
Some other notes:
- Isn’t it nice to see Craig Adams lighting it up? OK, two goals in seven games may not equate to “lighting it up”, but to Adams, who didn’t score in the entire regular season, it sure as hell is.
- I’d be surprised if Halak isn’t right back in net for tomorrow afternoon’s Game Two.
- Some may be surprised that because of all the Pens’ power play goals, guys like Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar were actually -1.
- Speaking of Malkin, faceoffs have never been his strong suit. That wasn’t the case in Game One, he won 6 of 7.
- The Habs didn’t have the shot-blocking prowess in Game One that they did during the Capitals’ series. They had 15 blocks compared to the Pens’ 22.
- Big night on the physical scale for Chris Kunitz, registering six hits.
- If Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski continue to not only hit the net but score, watch the hell out.
- HCDB mentioned Mark Letestu’s name in the presser when talking about possible replacements if Staal is out for a while.
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