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.
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.
- 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
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.