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Penguins Bounce Back to Tie Series 1-1 – Pittsburgh Penguins – PenguinPoop Blog

Penguins Bounce Back to Tie Series 1-1

Apparently, the Penguins needed some kind of an emotional event to allow them to play hockey better.  Maybe they were just not emotionally invested in game 1.  Is that the reason for the lackluster play?  The Pens got emotionally invested in game 2.  The Sutton hit on Jordan Leopold sparked that emotional aspect of the game.

Pens and Senators having a meet and greet in front of the net.

The Pens, who already seemed to be attempting to pick up the physical play in game 2, took it to a new level as the game progressed.  Sutton’s hit on Leopold propelled the Penguins physicality.  Still upset about the Sutton hit, Max Talbot took it upon himself to instigate a fight after the first period had just ended.  Max was determined to fight someone.  After prodding Zack Smith repeatedly, he found a willing combatant.  Max’s fight seemed to get his team fired up for the second period.

Though I hate to see Leopold getting hurt, I am glad that maybe the Pens found a reason to “hate” the Senators.  Maybe now, we will see that next level of play we all have been waiting for.

Elliot covering up a rebound in the second period.

Notes:

  • I gotta say, Kris Letang has taken a lot of heat for his inability to hit the net. (deservedly so)  He couldn’t have found a better time to acutually hit the net.  For me, he has a new slate.  Let’s hope he can find the net with more frequency as these playoffs progress.
  • Brooks Orpik didn’t seem to have trouble finding his emotional game.  From the beginning of the game he was a wrecking machine.  He led the team with 9 hits, but it was more than that.  He was looking to plant people in the third row with his hits.
  • I have said this before, but it was a big problem last night; the Pens, as a team, have to get better at shooting.  They missed the net on countless opportunities, there were at least five attempted shots that players fanned on and when they do hit the net, it is right at the goalie.  The good news coming from this is that they generated a lot more opportunities last night.
  • Crosby……what can you say?  A big goal to tie the game up,  a game saving defensive play to knock away a puck that was going into the Pens net and strong play everywhere in between.
  • Fleury, Fleury, Fleury!  That was not the way to start the game.  That is the kind of goal that can just kill the morale of a whole team.  Kudos to the Pens for not letting that get them down.  Kudos to the team for protecting their goaltender for the rest of the game and kudos to Fleury for standing tall the rest of the game and not allowing another goal.

Keep the momentum going, boys!

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5 Comments

  1. Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
    April 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    They always say that in big games, “Your best players have to be your best players”, and that was never more true than last night. Crosby, Malkin, Fluery and Orpik just dominated the play from the opening face-off (Ottawa’s goal on the fist shot not withstanding). At no point did I ever feel Ottawa was going to win that game because the Pens’ best players were just not going to let it happen. And a big thank you to Mr. Sutton for waking the Pens out their slumber unleashing a s**t storm of hurt on the Senators.

  2. OldSchool's Gravatar OldSchool
    April 17, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Thank god they put Rupp back in the lineup. Watching him and Talbot go at the Sens at the end of period let me know that the Pens are back! Sutton’s hit woke the sleeping giant Penguin. If anyone ever questions whether Crosby’s motivated ever again I will probably kick them in the nuts. He was insane last night. I haven’t been that pumped about a hockey game since last year.

  3. penswin's Gravatar penswin
    April 17, 2010 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    The first goal on fleury was a great shot yet a goal that should have been stopped. Kudos to the defense for their play after that only giving up 20 shots on goal and keeping the net clear. I’m not a big fan of the mock cheer the fans gave Fleury on his first save, whether it was deserved or not


            

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