Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Penguins Game 40 Recap - Penguins 5, Hurricanes 3

-The Penguins officially clinched the Atlantic Division and will be either the first or second seed when the NHL playoffs after the Penguins defeated the hapless Hurricanes in Raleigh. It wasn't pretty early but the Penguins used a pair of goals only 13 seconds apart to turn a one goal deficit to a one goal lead. Just as everyone wrote it up.

 -This was really an instance of talent winning out. The Canes came out and really took the play to the Penguins in the first five minutes or so of the game and got the first goal on a 4-on-3 power play and it looked as if it might be another one of those games where the Penguins are the more talented but they are beaten by a team that will not be making the playoffs. Luckily that was not the case. The Penguins got a couple of quick goals to take a 2-1 lead but then gave up the next two. They obviously got the two goals back and then added an empty netter but this game wasn't as the score might indicate.

 -Marc-Andre Fleury was pretty good but he definitely wasn't as good as he was against the Rangers on Friday night. Hard to really tell how much the three goals were on him as the Hurricanes did a really nice job of getting bodies in front of MAF but just off first look it looked as if he should had at least one of those. All told Flower made 25-of-28 saves and made a few saves when the Penguins were down one to really keep them in the game. Could have been a lot worse.

 -The Canes really went with a run and gun approach tonight. I am not really sure if that is what they typically do since I don't watch them a whole ton but it seemed like they were willing to make a risky pass to set up an odd man rush even if it meant they were going to give up just as many, if not more.

 -The Penguins defense was a little bit of a mess. They didn't play particularly well and Brooks Orpik continues to be a liability in his own zone at times. Robert Bortuzzo got on the board for the second time this season to open up the scoring for the Pens and while he wasn't always good on defense he played a decent game. I still am kinda wondering why Simone Despres is sitting on the bench with Kris Letang and Paul Martin out. The Penguins won so it shouldn't matter now but it certainly is interesting to watch, for better or worse.

 -Brenden Morrow probably with his best game as a Penguin tonight. He finally got on the scoreboard with the Penguins second goal, which was an absolute beauty, and he was very strong with the puck. I think as he has played he has started to get more comfortable and with that will come him starting to show up more and more.

 -Beau Bennett might have been the best Penguin on the ice tonight. He was just brought back up after being send down since he is one of only two guys on the team that can be sent down and he came back in a big way. He scored to tie the game at three on a really strong move and while he only played about 11 minutes he was noticeable for every single one of them. When you have a guy like that on the fourth line you have some good things going.

 -The Penguins got smoked in the faceoff dot 35-24. Jussi Jokinen was 6-for-12 and he was the only Penguins player that was above 50%. Evgeni Malkin was especially had only winning 4-of-15 attempts.

-Malkin with the game winning goal. Ho hum.

-Back in action when they go to Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

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