Tuesday, October 24, 2006

ESPN Game Recap

Wow. This friggin felt like a playoff game. I know I say that a lot, but we are just thirsting for that playoff feel. The Penguins are at the top of the Atlantic Division tonight, sharing their penthouse with no one.

Scott Gomez started the scoring tonight, scoring on a jobber rebound seven minutes into the game. Come on, Fleury. Don't kick that rebound out into the slot. About six minutes later, though, Nils Ekman and his nice wrister tied the game on a shot that I definitely thought Brodeur was gonna turn away. That ended the first.

It didn't take long for the Pens to score in the second. Malkin, using his Mario-Vision (TM), slid it across to Crosby who put the puck in on his patented one-knee shot. A couple minutes later, Staal continued his push to stay with the Pens by converting on a play that wouldn't had even existed if it wasn't for Nils Ekman. At the end of the second, Noah Welch pulled a Corbin Bernsen and committed a four-minute high sticking double minor penalty, doing some dental work in the process.

The Devils started the third on that same powerplay, but the Penguins penalty kill shut em down; PK is making a name for itself. Eight minutes into the third, we all got that kick-in-the-scrotum feeling (or kick-in-the-ovaries feeling, for you lady readers) when Sergei Brylin scored on a weird goal at the side of the net.
There definitely was unrest in Pensblog Nation...and then...it happened.

Crosby and Malkin were toying with New Jersey all game, and then Crosby fed Malkin a three-line pass that Malkin received while barely staying onside. This goal is hard to explain, mostly because I'm at a loss for words even as I type this. My celebration of this goal consisted of me almost breaking my face trying to run up the stairs.
Video of the goal can be found at PittsburghPenguins.com.

Malkin leading a miniature Flying V on his way towards the net.

The rest of the game consisted of the Penguins defense, of all things, shutting down the Devils' attempts to get some scoring chances. Mellon Arena was ready to explode at the end.

  • Crosby: 1 G, 1 A
  • Malkin: 1 G, 1 A
  • Ekman: 1 G, 1 A
  • Whitney: 2 A
  • Shots: NJD (22) PENS (25)
  • Powerplay: NJD (0 for 6) PENS (0 for 3)
  • Penguins win face-off battle 25-24
  • What is up with Marty Brodeur this year?
  • Mark Eaton: 7 blocked shots
  • Maxime Talbot is an excellent PK man. Nearly forgot about that.
  • How excellent was Malkin and Crosby's celebration after Malkin's goal.
  • Pens on a 3-game winning streak
Things We Learned Tonight
  • Mike Emrick almost, ALMOST makes me long for Paul Steigerwald. By the way, who is Maxime Ouellet? Pathetic.
  • How many times can Emrick use the phrase "he knifes it out to center?" He uses the word knife so much, you have to think he sold Ginsu knives during the lockout.
  • John Vanbiesbrouck may be the only hockey player in history to have all five vowels in his last name. We don't count Y. No one should.
  • Non-hockey, but Firefox released their new browser today, version 2.0. Firefox is the Penguins of web browsers...meaning it's pretty nice.
Devil's Due Blog

Next Game: 10.28
@ Philly - 7:00 PM


gregg said...

We havent seen a goal like that in a while.

go pens.

great blog, btw.

Brian said...

Wow am I glad I student rushed this game. Insane goal and atmosphere. Man, pens fans love beating the Devils.

Jim said...

Wow what a game, what a pass, and what a goal!

Pens rock and so does Firefox 2.0.

Lets go (the) Pens .... blog

bwzimmerman said...

dude, where's Staal's goal?

Malkin and Crosby are supernatural with their no-look passing...

Adam said...

I was so close to student rushing tonight. I bet that was insane.

Staal's goal in the stats section or in the main recap? I thought I put it in the recap. I gave the credit to Ekman on that play because it was an Ouellet-esque goal.

ghost of randy cunneyworth said...


first place...

dennis said...

Haven't had as much fun watching the Pens in a while...when Crosby hit Malkin with that pass and he went all highlight reel on us I knew I was aeeing something special.

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