Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Penguins Game 54 Recap - Canadiens 3, Penguins 2 (SO)

What a game. Hard to say stuff like that in a loss but that was a hell of a game to watch. I hate Montreal and I hate listening to its fan boo on every single play but man the up and down ice it was hold your breath kind of stuff, especially in the third period. The Penguins lost for only the third time in 10 chances in the shootout but they got the point. I will take it.

Really good start for the Pens in the first and then they fell off in the second and came back on in the third. The Habs aren’t a great team but they took advantage of some poor back checking and defensive plays and got the two points. To be honest if it wasn’t for Marc Andre Fleury this would have been a blowout. What a bounce back performance.

Pacal Dupuis finally got back on the board with a goal that tied the game at one early in the third period. Really the way the goal was scored just a testament to how Dupers played the whole game, high energy and hard. He went to the net and Joe Vitale gave a bad angle show and it went in off his skate. It wasn’t pretty but Dupers deserved that goal. What an energy player.

Montreal got back on the board just under two minutes after the Dupuis goal on a really weird play. Lars Eller got the Penguins blue line and looked like he was going to dump the puck in and when that happened Fleury started to lean a little to the corner and that is when Eller, at the last second threw it towards the net. The puck hit off the far post and off of Fleury’s back into the net. First soft goal he gave up in a really long time but this is just as much unlucky as anything. That puck gets dumped in 999 times out of 1000.

After the Eller goal the Penguins played like their lives depended on it. They finally got a goal when the Malkin-Neal-Kunitz line decided to drop acid and just went balls out for like 45 seconds and Malkin found Neal open in the slot where Neal sniped one past Price. What a shot. Unreal job by Malkin after getting ddt’d by Hal Gill without a call.

The goal was Neal’s 28th on the season and a new career high. It’s only early February. On fire.

Fleury was just out of his mind tonight. He stopped a few partial breakaways early in the game and literally stood on his head later in the game to keep the puck out of the net. Fleury was pulled after only 13 shots against New Jersey so you knew he was going to come out focused, but he really played a solid game. He stopped 28-of-30 shots total.

I have zero respect for PK Subban. He is an on ice troll that tries as hard as he can to get cheap shots in. Late in the game he went after Malkin and Kris Letang took exception and went right after him. Letang is now the favorite player of almost every NHL player in the league for what he did. I have no problem with Subban’s first hit on Malkin but going fists to the face three different times, once after the whistle already blew, is a little much and with his past history I think you can see why people would think this is out of line. Subban isn’t a clean player and that shouldn’t shock anyone.

Evgeni Malkin played a pretty nice hockey game which included a sick shootout goal. He busted out the 360 spin-o-rama and beat Carey Price. Once there is a video up I will post it up here. Just a sick goal.

Here is the shootout goal:

The shootout was pretty good also. It went eight rounds and it was edge of your seat stuff. Great times.

The Penguins don’t play again until Saturday. Get some rest, although I am not sure you need it.

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