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Pittsburgh Takes a Commanding Lead Over Ottawa – Pittsburgh Penguins – PenguinPoop Blog

Pittsburgh Takes a Commanding Lead Over Ottawa

 The Penguins bring a 3-1 series lead back to Pittsburgh Thursday night.  It was an interesting game.  The Pens scored 7 goals on 42 shots.   No problem generating offense tonight.  Unfortunately, they allowed 4 goals to the low-scoring Senators.  Two of the goals, however, came on two-man advantage power plays for the Senators. 

(AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Fred Chartrand)

It is wonderful to see some of the “role players” really making a difference in this series.  Of course, we expected Max Talbot to step up and play at a higher level.  He had done just that and maybe more.  Tonight he had a goal and an assist.  Craig Adams gave Talbot a wonderful pass for Max’s goal.  Chris Kunitz had a goal and two assists.  Matt Cooke scored a goal.  Everyone is chipping in.  Let’s not forget to mention the defensemen, who have come together for the playoffs.

The “stars” are also doing their thing.  Crosby……need I say more.  The kid is playing just amazing.  2 goals and 2 assists tonight, in case you weren’t keeping track.  Malkin scored another goal and Jordan Staal poked one in tonight.  Sergei Gonchar chipped in with 3 assists.  The team is hitting on all cylanders right now.

Notes:

  • Ponikarovsky seems to have used his goal in game 3 to create some momentum for himself.  He showed a bit more energy and generated some chances tonight.
  • This game was very chippy.  If the Senators were playing scared last 
    Photograph by: Jean Levac, The Ottawa Citizen

    Photograph by: Jean Levac, The Ottawa Citizen

    game, as Krundle postulated, they made a complete 180 tonight.  There was a lot of physical play including alot of extra-carricular activity.

  • Letang, though playing a very strong game, did miss the net after taking a great pass from Crosby that sprung him for a partial breakaway.
  • I, personally, would love to see someone, anyone level Andy Sutton with a huge hit.  This guy is smashing people left and right.
  • How about Chris Neil’s goal celebration.  What a tool!  It would have been awesome had the Pens scored on the ensuing PP.
  • Was anyone else annoyed by Paul Steigerwald repeatedly referring to Daniel Alfredson as Alfie?

A five game series victory would be very nice.

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2 Comments

  1. Jean Pronovost's Gravatar Jean Pronovost
    April 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    I would put Max on the 3rd line as he has had good chemistry with Staal and Cooke before, and Dupuis’ speed will fit in nicely on Geno’s line.

  2. PenguinSteve-O's Gravatar PenguinSteve-O
    April 21, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Pens in 5, like I said.
    And wow, who is this Talbot guy? Move him to 3rd line with Kennedy out? Or put him on 2nd and move Dupuis to 3rd?


            

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