Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I wasn't really planning on putting much up today in terms of the Penguins win. I mean sure they beat the hell out of the Canadians 6-1 and it looked as if the Canadians didn't even want to be a part of a hockey game, but when your top line combines for 10 points then I think you are going to be ok against any team.
All is good if you are a Penguins fan. The team is 10-2, took eight of ten points on a five game home swing and are up on the Rangers and the rest of the division. It is still early in the season so much of this doesn't mean anything but there will be times when these games will mean a lot.
Like when one of your top players goes down for 2-3 weeks and you need to rally around the troops. Better to be 10-2 rather than 6-6 like the Canadians.
Hit the jump
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Well, NFL Films caught on to the phenomena and did one of their NFL Presents features on the song and how it impacts the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was a little late to this and have not been able to watch it but there are a few more times this week that it will be ok.
On the NFL Network it will be on these times:
10/29 @ 4:30 PM ET
10/21 @ 9:00 AM ET and 10:30 AM ET
Oh man I can't wait to watch this.
The Penguins will take the ice after their second loss of the season on Saturday to the trapping New Jersey Devils.
The Penguins do not have their defensive pairings out, but you have to assume they will stay the same with Gogo, Tanger, Eaton, Skula, Orpik, and McKee. That is no official, but I would definatly put money on those being the guys we go with. MAF will be in net tonight after his only loss of the season on Saturday. Here are the lines via the Penguins website:
Hit the jump to find out
Our friends over at PSAMP, The Pensblog, and WHYGAVS are up for the 2009 Bloguin Awards.
You can go to this website and vote for our Pittsburgh boys today. So get over there and vote as many times as you can, because they all deserve it.
PSAMP is up for a few awards including funniest blog, best general blog, and blog of the year
WHYGAVS is up for best baseball blog, blogger of the year, and blog of the year
The Pensblog is up for best hockey blog, and blog of the year
Just for reference Pittsburgh blogs are up for three of the eight nominees for blog of the year. Just sayin.
As The Pensblog would say, Do It.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
First up this year we have Jason from over at Pens Universe:
The date was December 31, 1988 and I went to an afternoon game between the Pens and the Devils with my uncle and cousin. We were way up in section E (There was no section F yet), but I was 15 years old and just being at a game was exciting. The Penguins were still a mediocre team, but they had Mario so greatness was always a possibility. And that day, Mario showed what greatness is when he became the first, and to this day, only player to ever score five goals five different ways in a game. As the game was going on, I did not realize what was going on until, late in the game, I looked down at the scorecard of the game I was keeping and figured out that the four goals Lemieux had already scored were all different types. I was just still amazed at how he had undressed Chris Terreri on the penalty shot. So as the end of the game approached, and the Devils pulled their goalie and I knew that the chance for something special was in front of me. When Super Mario netted his empty net goal, the arena exploded and I knew that I was not the only one who figured out what was going on. Of course, there has always been some speculation as to whether time had expired before the fifth goal went in the net. Personally, I know that the green light behind the net came on which was supposed to mean no goal, but at no point did anyone argue, so as far as I am concerned it was a good goal. At the time, I knew what Mario had done was special, but it was years before I knew that he was the only person in the long history of the NHL to have accomplished this feat. I still have the ticket form the game and it will be framed and hung in my “Room of Champions.” My one regret is that the program where I kept score during the game was lost years ago. To still have that part of this memory would be amazing, but alas, I am left with only my ticket and what I remember. But it is still enough.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Now I have no idea what the hell these guys were doing or furthermore where they got things like this. But that is awesome. I hope there are some interviews hanging around with MAF talking about his time as Kermit. Awesome.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
First the Woodley score:
Then the Fox score:
James Harrison and his defensive teammates just were unreal today. Four sacks, a pick, a fumble recovery and two defensive touchdowns highlighted an amazing day for the Redzone defense. I have no idea where to start. I am so amped up from the game I can't even think straight. What a game and what a win going into the bye week. God have mercy on Denver playing this defense after a bye week.
On the stat sheet the Steelers were pretty well outplayed as they were out gained 386-259 in total yards but they were bend but don't break on the defensive end. They did break, but it was the hopes and backs of the Vikings fans and players as they scampered the other way in a convoy of Black and Gold for the win.
Oh, and Twitter might be the best thing ever.
What a pretty basic quarter. If you wanted to see what "feeling a team out" is all about then you need to go rewatch this quarter.
That is exactly what the first quarter was all about. Four combined first downs, and 53 total yards. For the first time this year AP was held to negative yardage in the first quarter. The Steelers made it very clear early that AP was not going to beat them and it would have to be Brett Farve. Good choice.
Minnesota ran a total of 12 plays in the first quarter and the Steelers had only 15. On the Steelers third drive they were aided by a 19 yard punt by Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe that set up the Steelers at the Vikings 39 yard line. The Steelers were able to pick up two first downs to set them up with a third down and four from the Minnesota seven yard line and Ben found Santonio Holmes for a touchdown. But wait, it gets called back for offensive pass interference on Heath Miller.
It was a very weak call if you ask me. It was on the other side of the field and he ran a small pick play. Even my Vikings fan roommate said it was a bad call. Whatev. Field goal and a 3-0 first quarter lead.
The second quarter saw both teams swap a touchdown although the Vikings offense really came to life and the Steelers were dead until the last minute of the half.
After the teams exchanged punts the Vikings got started on the their own 24 yard line and went 76 yards in 13 plays and was capped off by an AP two yard touchdown run on third and goal from the two yard line.
The rest of the half was pretty blah as the Steelers got the ball back at their own nine yard line with 1:39 left in the half and trailing 7-3. All the Steelers did was go 91 yards in eight plays in 1:15 to retake the lead with a Mike Wallace touchdown.
Ben Roethlisberger pretty much had his way with the Minnesota secondary in that last drive as they were playing a very deep cover two with their dime backs in. Ben just worked the soft spot in the middle of the field and found Mike Wallace for 22 yards and then for 40 yards and the touchdown. Not a bad drive.
The Steelers opened up the third quarter in almost the exact same fashion as their opening drive of the game. Rashard Mendenhall with a carry of 16 yards to start and ending the drive with a field goal. Kind of weird.
The really bad part of this drive came when they got to the Minnesota 8 and first and goal. They come out throwing on first down, no biggie. On second down Ben is in the gun and gets up as if he is going to throw a WR screen but never throws it. He then tucks it and runs it up the middle for a yard loss. WTF? I have no idea why there was no secondary route, why the play was not ran right or what it was even supposed to be.
I guess Hines and Mike Wallace were talking after the play to see who was wrong, but someone was and it probably cost the Steelers a touchdown. They got three.
Minnesota comes back and goes 64 yards in 13 plays and gets a field goal of their own. What a win for the Steelers Defense. Minnesota gets first and goal at the Pittsburgh one. They run AP up the middle, nothing.
There was a penalty for Casey Hampton being lined up offsides, replay down. AP up the middle, nothing. Brett Farve then goes two passing plays and throws them both incomplete and then the Vikings go for the FG and knock it down.
Why not go for it? Moreover, why not give it to the best running back in the league three or four straight times? I mean does Brad Childress have Farve on his fantasy team? I guess he does. Fail for the Vikings. Four plays inside the one and you get only a FG.
If there is a better word for the fourth quarter than epic then I have no idea what it is. What an amazing quarter. You want to know what a great defense looks like? Check this quarter out again.
The Steelers, however, get a great play by Tone to start the quarter for 45 yards and get it to the Minnesota nine. This could start to put the game away. Could be up by 10, get that two score lead. What happens? Mendenhall tries to go over the top, at the five yard line nonetheless and fumbles. Shit.
Brett Farve does what he does in the first drive for Minnesota. He takes the Vikings from their own three yard line and drives them to the Pittsburgh eight. The huge play on the drive was a 3rd and 18 that the Vikings convert when they are at their own 29 yard line. Bretty finds Sidney Rice down the sideline for a pretty unreal catch. It was initially called incomplete but Childress challenged and actually won it. Crazy.
I am thinking, wtf, Fox is all over Brett's balls like no other and I am going to have to hear about it on ESPN later. Then it happens. Brett Farve goes back to pass. Pulls his arm back to throw, and Brett Keisel makes an unreal play, forces the fumble, Lamarr Woodley picks it up and goes 77 yards, to the house, for the touchdown.
This is what twitter looked like:
What do you expect to happen next? Yea, a special teams touchdown by the Vikings. Jeff Reed gave his best effort to not tackle Percy Harvin. He went 88 yards to put the game in the same position.
The Steelers get the ball back, go five and out with 3:21 remaining giving Farve a lot of time to come back and either tie or win the game. I am not going to lie, I was nervous.
I then got a text from my buddy at the game, all it said was "Renegade again"
All I said was "Uh oh. Game. Over." I then told the TV we needed a pick and this is what goes down:
Brett Farve tries to throw a screen pass to Chester Taylor and it goes through his hands and into Fox's hands and he goes 82 yards to the house for the second defensive touchdown of the day. Heinz Field was on fire.
That was it. I was going nuts. What an effort. The Vikings get the ball back and Brad Childress takes a time out with four seconds to go and down by 10. Is there a 10 point play that you can have? I have no idea wtf he is thinking. What happens in the last four seconds? James Harrison sack. Nothing like getting your 40 year old QB hit again by James Harrison. Joke.
Not a great game for Ben, but he did what he had to do. Got the huge TD at the end of the half to put the Steelers up at the half. He only went 14/26 for 175 yards and a touch. Whatev, he is the man. The defense picked him up, hes picked up the defense before. Love it.
The defense gave up a ton of yards but they buckled down when they needed to, AND they scored two defensive touchdowns. James Harrison is a beast. I even saw something today that I thought I would never see: A penalty called on an offensive player for holding James Harrison. Holy shit, I might die happy. I thought it could never happen.
Rashard Mendenhall had 69 yards on only 10 carries. He did a really nice job of getting to the outside on this defense and having success. He was having a lot of success on the left side of the Vikings defense. He better get this fumble shit figured out. This is happeneing too often and he holds that ball like a loaf of bread. He needs to fix that up now or he will be seeing the bench more.
Mike Wallace is money in the bank. He just keeps making plays. Limas might want to take a look and see how it is done. A startling stat was that Hines only was able to get one catch for three yards and Tone only had two catches for 59 yards. Light day for the WR. Heath had six catches for 38 yards. Sure thing there.
The Steelers did a pretty nice job on AP. 18 carries, 69 yards and a touchdown. They locked him down except for a run or two but a nice job by the run defense. He also had 60 yards receiving so it was a pretty nice all around day for AP. He also ran over Will Gay on the last drive and made Will his bitch. I can admit that. What a player.
What did I talk about yesterday? Get a few turnover and we will win. What happens? Pick, fumble recovery, win. Sometimes I actually do know what I am talking about.
The last thing I have is something that really bothered me. WTF is up with Fox. This was the wrost broadcasts I have seen since I started watching football. That says a lot. The broadcasters today were all over Brett Farve like he was the founder of the free world. Yea, he is good, but you are supposed to be unbiased. I am supposed to be the biased one. Slobering all over Brett as he gave a half assed effort to tackle both Woodley and Fox were pathedic but you would have thought he ran a 4.1 40 for 75 yards and just missed tackling them. What a joke.
Also can you figure out among everyone when you are going to commercial? On more than one occasion Fox cut off a commercial to join the game when the play was being ran. I am pretty sure that should not happen. What a half assed effort by Fox. Actually makes me glad we play in the AFC and get to watch it on CBS most games. I hope I never have to see that stupid ass robot for the rest of the season.
I must give props to the Vikings. I was very skeptical of them coming in and they proved to me that they are a pretty good team. Glad we don't have to see them again till the Super Bowl if it gets to that. They have the best running back in the league and a pretty decent defense. They played really well today and I can admit when we face a good team and that was a good team.
That being said, the Steelers won. Bring on Denver.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Pittsburgh 27, Cleveland 14
Passing: Roethlisberger: 23/35, 417 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Mendenhall: 17 car, 62 yards, 1 TD
Receiving: Ward: 8 rec, 159 yards, 1 TD
Minnesota 33, Baltimore 31
Passing: Favre: 21/29, 278 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: Peterson: 22 carries 143 yards
Receiving: Rice: 6 rec, 176 yards
Offense (rank in NFL)
Pittsburgh: 403.7 yards/game (5th)
Minnesota: 348.2 yards/game (13th)
Pittsburgh: 296.7 yards/game (2nd)
Minnesota: 223.2 yards/game (17th)
Pittsburgh: 107 yards/game (15th)
Minnesota: 125 yards/game (9th)
Pittsburgh: 23.3 points/game (14th)
Minnesota: 31.5 points/game (2nd)
Pittsburgh: 275.2 yards/game (3rd)
Minnesota: 341.8 yards/game (18th)
Pittsburgh: 74.5 yards/game (2nd)
Minnesota: 93.5 yards/game (9th)
Pittsburgh: 200.7 yards/game (12th)
Minnesota: 248.3 yards/game (24th)
Pittsburgh: 18.7 points/game (t-14th)
Minnesota: 20.2 points/game (18th)
First we take a look at our Pittsburgh Steelers:
Lets just face the facts. We are a passing team. Big Ben is one of the best QB's in the league and for good reason. This team rusn through him. He calls most of the shots and he knows this offense better than BA does. He is second in the league in completion percentage, first in the league in passing, seventh in passer rating and quite frankly willing this team to victory. I see these random MVP voting things on ESPN and they have Ben around 7th, they must be high. This dude just does one thing, win. This will be a huge game for Ben. Minnesota can be thrown on as we saw last week with Baltimore so Ben, along with his receivers, should have some success.
That being said Mike Wallace is going to be a huge factor in this game. Maybe not for the catches or for the yardage but for the presence he brings in the passing game. He can stretch the field and will probably be the fastest players on the field at any time on Sunday. The safties are going to need to respect that and give a few yards and that is going to open up the underneath for Heath Miller and Hines Ward. I feel strongly that this is a big reason for Heath and Hines catching a ton of balls WIDE open over the middle. Having a receiver that can get deep and catch the ball at the same time is a huge threat that the Steelers haven't had. Tone can do it but he has not been consistant with it nor does he have the God given speed that Mike does. Keeping those safties honest is huge to the underneath game and we know Ben will try a deep ball or two so it will keep that Vikings secondary honest.
Who knows what we are going to get from the run game this week. The Williams boys in the middle will really shut down the run. You will probably see the pass set up the run this week. Not saying this isn't what usually goes on but this is what will be more evident Sunday.
I think big part of the offense this week should be the no huddle offense. The Vikings do a great job of getting to the quarterback with the Williams boys and Allen on the outside so getting that defense tired with some no huddle will be good, especially when the Steelers find certain things they can exploit in the Vikings defense.
The Steelers defense is going to need to be the difference. Everyone is hyping this game as a high scoring, last person with the ball wins. If the Steelers can get in there, cause a few turnovers and make Brett Farve sweat they will be alright. LaMarr Woodley is going to be the X factor in my opinion. Everyone is going to be focusing on James Harrison on the left side and that will free up LaMarr a little bit to cause some havoc. Lets get it done.
Now the Vikings:
We all know what the Vikings are about. All day, AP. AP is having another amazing year as he is leading the league in rush through the first six weeks of pro football play. He did a pretty, scratch that, very, nice job against a Baltimore Ravens defense that people still talk about as being elite racking up 143 yards on 22 carries. He is explosive and can take over a game in an instant. It can not be stated enough how much gap responsibility will play a factor in how AP runs. If the Steelers can stay disciplined and play their game, they will be alright, just like they always are against the run.
So I don't know if you guys heard or not but the Vikings go this guy called Brett Farve? Ever heard? I am so sick and tired about hearing about Brett Farve. Sure he owns the record for most touchdown passes thrown, but he also hold the record for most picks. Listen, I have a lot of respect for Farve on the field, he is a gammer, he wins, and he can beat you on his own, but I think the Steelers can get to him and have a field day in the secondary when he starts to sling the ball around.
So far this season Farve has not shown that gunslinger usual that he has every year, but it will happen. You can bet the house on that. It might be this week. Get the pressure and anything can happen. I remember the last time the Steelers played Farve and Troy took a fumble back like 70 yards or some junk.
The Vikings have some receivers that can stretch the field. Sidney Rice can get down the field and has been Brett Farve's main target this season. He has 23 catches for 409 yards and a couple touchdown catches. Ike Taylor will probably match up against him so I feel pretty good about that. Ike is underrated. He is pretty good.
Where the Steelers need to sure up is on the tight end. Vinsanthe Shiancoe has five touchdown grabs from Brett Farve which I believe is tops in the league. He will be the red zone target for Farve so the linebackers are going to have to keep on him and know where he is inside the 20 and in the middle of the field.
Looking at the Vikings defense we see two very different things. One is that they can get after the quarterback. Jared Allen is pretty good at what he does and the Williams boys. The line is going to have their hands full. The secondary is totally different. The Vikings can be beat through the air, as seen with the Baltimore Ravens being able to throw all over them at the end of the game when they needed to. The Vikings will probably not have DB Antoine Winfield for the game as he is injured. That means they will probably have to put Benny Sapp on Santonio Holmes. Good luck with that. You can just see Ben smiling right now.
All that being said I feel pretty good about this game. Lets go out and shut up the Vikings fans.
Steelers 27, Vikings 24
Here We Go
The Devils come to town today, just as the Penguins had a pretty nice comeback victory over the Floriday Panthers (now when I say pretty nice I mean two terrible periods and a comeback victory with a balls out third).
To be honest, Brodeur isn't even the Devil player I am most worried about. I think one of the most underrated players in the NHL today is Zach Parise. He makes that Devils team tick and he can change a game in an instant. He leads the Devils with 10 points (5+5) and he is one of the best talents in the NHL. He always gets overlooked. Last season Parise accounted for 18.9% of the Devils offense (thanks to Penguins.com for that) so you know who the Penguins need to shut him down.
Here is the projected lines from the Penguins website
To be honest, Johnson was the only reason this game was even close. He should have got five to ten for the saves he was making on David Booth tonight. Booth hopefully will not kill himself as not only did he miss a bunch of GREAT opportunities but he made his best impersonation of Ben Roethlisberger by actually grabbing the puck and throwing it down the ice.
All in all the game was about the third period and Sidney Crosby. Not only did Sid score a power play goal but he also tied the game with a shorty with about three minutes left. The game went to a shootout and Sid scored the only goal there.
Why again is he our leader? I would much rather have Mike Richards who isn't talking to the media. Crosby is so mediore.
Much props need to go to Geno. Not only did he have two assists but he single handidly created the first goal. On the power play the puck was being cleared up the middle with the power play ending and Geno laid out and saved the puck from getting out of the zone, the puck went to Go-Go, he got it to Sid and ended it. What a player.
Devils in like 10 minutes.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
A little late on the Penguins recap. It has been some busy days for me, but I am sure you had plenty of places to go to read about this game. I actually got to watch the game on TV rather than trying to find it online there somewhere but since it was on VS I think i was part of the 0.01% of people who were happy it was on VS.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The Penguins play their second in a five game home stand as they take on the Jay McKee-less St. Louis Blues. I guess we should maybe let the Blues win since they are basically paying Jay McKee to play for us. He was an oft injured player in St. Louis but he has been just straight cash so far.
St. Louis returned to the postseason dance in ’08-09 for the first time in five years as their 92 points were the most accumulated by a Blues team since putting up 99 points in ’02-03. The Blues had made the playoffs 25 consecutive seasons before sitting out the three that preceded last year. A 27-9-7 finish to the season despite missing Paul Kariya and Erik Johnson from their lineup gave St. Louis the push they needed to sneak into the Western Conference playoff field.
The Blues are a team that is definatly getting better but this is a team that the Penguins should beat. They are rolling on this current streak they have so they need to stay hot and win as many games now as they can. You never know when one point is going to make the difference for playoff seeding at the end of the year. Anyways, not much of a preview today, but whatev.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
If any woman out there has married a Cleveland Brown WR and is reading this blog I will advise you of one thing. Do NOT let your husband carry your baby. He will drop it. Now, don't get me wrong, Derek Anderson is not a good QB by any stretch of the imagination, but I mean when you drop six passes as a team it is no wonder that DA was 9/24 for the game passing. What a joke the Browns receiving core has been this year. Edwards might have been traded but his bad hands are still with the team.
How good is Ben Roethlisberger? 417 yards through the air, which from what I can understand is an NHL high this year. I might be wrong on that. Drew Brees probably had like a 700 yard passing day somewhere in there. Ben was not as accurate today only hitting on 23 of his 35 attempts but he was still able to do pretty much whatever he wanted to do. He found six different receivers and found he big three (Ward-Holmes-Miller) a combined 18 times. He knows where those three are and he looks for them. They make the plays.
Talking about the WR, they were pretty money today. Hines Ward is just cash money when you throw him the football. He is top five in the league in receiving yards and he should move up the charts with his eight catch, 159 yard performance today. Hines had a TD and had another one overturned when he lost the football, while out of bounce, after his 15th tumble roll. Whatever, Steelers win.
Santonio Holmes made five catches for 104 yards but really had a nice all around game. On his long reception of 41 yards he made some nice cuts to go across the grain to get into the redzone. The most impressive part of Holmes' game today was his blocking. He was throwing blocks all over the place for his other receivers. It was really nice to see that he is working on the little parts of the game which are important for him to become the type of receiver that Hines Ward is.
Mike Wallace gets better every single game. He made two catches for 50 yards, but his most impressive play was a 21 yard end around run. It was the end of the run that was impressive. Wallace gets hit at the seven yard line and churns forward for almost five more yard after first contact and almost got into the end zone. That is Steelers football and he is just getting better with every snap and every game.
The Steelers run game was a mix and match of three different players between Mendenhall, Moore and Parker. Overall the Steelers went for 141 yards on 36 carries and other than the case of the fumbles the Steelers had in the third quarter they did a pretty nice job on the ground. In a string of plays in the third quarter both Willie Parket and Rashard Mendenhall fumbled on back to back possessions to give the Cleveland Browns the ball back after they had fumbled it to the Steelers. This is how a string of series ended for both teams in the third:
PIT - Ben Roethlisberger INT
CLE - Derek Anderson sacked and fumble lost
PIT - Willie Parker fumble lost
CLE - Derek Anderson sacked and fumble lost
PIT - Rashard Mendenhall fumble lost
So if you were keeping track at home there was about a six minute window during the game when there were five turnovers between both teams. This is a little concerning for the Steelers. I am especially worried with Rashard Mendenhall. He has no ball security whatsoever. He holds that ball like a loaf of bread when he runs and I can see this being a huge problem for the Steelers especially when you play teams like the Viking and Ravens who go for the ball all the time. It needs to be fixed, soon.
The defense was pretty money all day. Not sure if it made that huge of a difference, but just having Troy Polomalu on the field just makes the team better no matter what. I mean it doesn't hurt to have him pick a pass off to stop a Browns drive early in the game. The Steelers defense only gave up seven points, got two sacks, forced two fumbles and picked off two passes. Four turnovers and Ben Roethlisberger is a good recipe for Steelers wins.
It also helps when the Browns can't catch.
This was a huge win, like I said before the Ravens lost to the Viking and the Bengals lost to the Texans so right now the Bengals and Steelers are tied with a 4-2 record each and the Ravens are now at 3-3 after three straight losses. Good day to be a Steelers fan. Next week will be a tough one, but we are at home, where we are 3-0. It will be nuts. More later.
Here We Go
Friday, October 16, 2009
What a beautiful place for hockey.
Look for a couple of changes tonight, first, Antero Niittymaki will be back in the goal for Tampa Bay and second, look for Tocchet to start the game with Steve Downie playing on a line with Alex Tanguay and Vincent Lecavalier.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Steelers 31, Browns 13
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Kunitz is throwing his body around, sticking up for the other guys on the ice, dishing the puck and scoring game winning shootout goals on the road. Slump? I think not. We are only seven games into the season.
The game started out real well. The Canes were on acid when this came out and were all over the Penguins, shots, physical, forecheck, they had it all. Then Mike Rupp happened.
What a dirty goal. He turned Cam Ward inside out, then right side out, then inside out again. If Cam Ward somehow got his liquor license back it just got taken away again. All of this from, Mike Rupp. Who would have thought? Great goal to give the Pens a 1-0 lead
Geno Malkin has really just done it all against Cam Ward. Geno put the Pens up 2-0 on a prety nasty goal of his own. He was about two feet of the goal crease and snapped a writeer that went in short side of Cam Ward to put the Pens up two.
Well, the Canes came back hard and had two goals by Ray Whitney who seemly kills the Penguins everytime they play. Two deflection goals tied the game at one. He was at the right place and he knows what to do when he is there.
Cammy Ward might have made the save of the season so far. Sid came down across the blue line and dished a pass cross ice for Kunitz who in turn gave a beautiful one touch pass for a WIDE OPEN Billy Guerin who had 75% of the net to put the puck into. Guerin wasted no time in putting the puck in the ne...glove save by Ward. He literally threw his glove out there and Guerin shot it right into it. What a great save. One of those OMG saves that you have to respect no matter who you cheer for.
The Penguins somehow kept most of the momentum throughout the overtime and going into the shootout. That is when it happened. The Canes scored the first shootout goal on their second attemt and Crosby answered right back. That is when Chris Kunitz happened:
Lets Go Pens
7:00 PM, RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Classic. Especially since it was in Carolina then.