Monday, October 21, 2013

Penguins Game 9 Recap - Avalanche 1, Penguins 0

If the Penguins come out of a game with seven power plays and a 34-14 shot advantage then you would imagine they are going to win like 95% of those games. Well, tonight they ran into a really good goaltender and a defense than blocked about as many shots as the Penguins got on goal and they got shutout. Boo.

Really isn't much to say about this one other than the opponent caught a break on a nice goal from Gabriel Landeskog after he came out of the box from serving a penalty and one of the better power plays in the league couldn't beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere and well sometimes that happens. The Penguins power play was actually good and crisp but the Avalanche did an outstanding job of keeping the slot clear and blocking a ton of shots and relying on Giguere to get the job done.

Overall Colorado blocked 22 shots which was a huge reason they won. The Penguins brought it tonight, especially their top stars. Sidney Crosby was on another planet tonight and even he wasn't able to find the back of the net. Just one of them games. Evgeni Malkin was really good on the puck and I would venture to guess that the Penguins held the puck for a majority of the game but at the end of the day it really doesn't matter because they lost.

I don't think Colorado should plan on winning games like this all the time but it appears they knew they had to keep the Penguins on the perimeter and try to get in every shooting and passing lanes and they completely bought into it and pretty much tried to hold the fort until the final buzzer sounded.

All-in-all this is just one of 82 games and the Penguins played a pretty good hockey game. The Avalanche had five shots in the second and third periods and four in the first. The Penguins peppered Giguere and he was better than the Penguins tonight.

It happens.

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