Thursday, March 28, 2013

Penguins Game 35 Recap - Penguins 4, Jets 0

-The Penguins made the score 3-0 with a Pascal Dupuis goal just 4:12 into the second period and the game was over at that point. Obviously the game wasn't officially over but the way the Penguins were playing and the way the Jets were playing it was essentially over. With less than two minutes left in regulation Dupuis scored a short handed goal for good measure. Pretty good guys, pretty good.

 -The Penguins were just on another level tonight and it probably didn't help the Jets that they played a pretty horrible hockey game. It is really hard to tell how much was on the Penguins being good and how much was on the Jets being bad but I can tell you that both were true tonight as the Jets looked like an average high school team for portions of the game while the Penguins looked like a team that had come into the game winning 13 straight with two of the best players in the game.

 -The Penguins dominated the shots on goal. After registering 25 shots in two of the last three games the Penguins absolutely went off and put 43 shots on goaltender Al Montoya. After not putting the puck in the net a ton the Penguins got four goals, all in the first two periods before they decided to essentially play keep away the rest of the game.

 -The Jets didn't really pose a threat much of the game but in the first minute of the third period Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik took penalties only four seconds apart which gave the Jets a chance to score a couple of power play goals to get back into the game but the penalty kill was outstanding as they blocked a ton of shots and allowed the Jets only to register two shots on goal on almost a full two minute 5-on-3 power play. The PK has been really outstanding during this streak and tonight was just another example of that.

 -Tomas Vokoun was again really good as that is now back-to-back shutouts for the Penguins and the third shutout in the last seven games. The defense did a really nice job in front of him and he didn't face a whole ton of shots but he did make a ton of saves early that were nice and he earned his 50th career shutout. He is only the 26th goaltender to have 50 shutouts. Marc-Andre Fleury might be a little banged up and this is the exact reason by Ray Shero brought him in this past offseason. Just clutch. 

-The Penguins won 37 faceoffs. The Jets won 19. Whoa. Brandon Sutter won 13-of-19 and Joe Vitale won 7-of-8. 

-The Penguins have given up only nine goals in the last ten games. Just unreal.

 -Jarome Iginla is going to be added to this team. Yup.

-14 straight. Islanders on Saturday afternoon.

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