Saturday, November 11, 2006


I watched the game Friday night with my niece, Annabelle.
She can't even read yet and loves the Pensblog.


If you watched the Pens in 2005-06, you might have felt right at home watching the game last night. Despite the fact that the Pens actually made the Senators semi-earn it, the game on Friday night had the 05-06 feel to it.
It's no big deal. It's one loss; the Pens are slumping. If the Pens still have not won when we play the Senators again on March 6...then it's time to worry.

I got home just in time to for the opening face-off. The Pens had some really good pressure early.
And just as Steigerwald starts talking about how terrible it is to give up first goals, Dany Heatley decided he was not going to murder anyone today...and rather scored a goal on a pass from behind the goal line. About four minutes later, though, the Pens had a powerplay. Malkin dished a sweet saucer pass out in front to Ouellet who buried it. It was tied...for about three minutes. Jason Spezza scored for Ottawa on a weird-angled shot that snuck past Fleury. I saw that goal and proceeded to start knocking back some Rolling Rocks.

Never fear, however. Six minutes in the second period, Malkin. Score. That's the kind of shot that we've been expecting from Geno; the kind of shot we kept seeing on his YouTube highlight reels. Five minutes later, I was stunned. The Penguins spent the entire night in their own zone, and a nice little two-minte segment ended with Ryan Whitney blindly clearing the puck to the blue line where Andrej Meszaros grabbed it and shot it through seven people and it was 3-2 Ottawa. More on that play later.
Two minutes after that crap, Gonchar gets a two-minute penalty on a weak boarding call. Granted, he did push Peter Schaefer from behind, but Schaefer did a pretty good job buying the call. On that ensuing powerplay, Wade Redden scores and it's 4-2.

No relation to Paul Schaefer of David Letterman fame.

Five minutes into the third, Peter Schaefer strikes again, this time with a goal to make it 5-2. About three minutes after that, Maxime Talbot scores a shorthanded goal and it's now 5-3. I'm not gonna lie; that goal perked me up a little bit. We needed another goal before the 15-minute mark to make it interesting, but it just wasn't meant to be. Dany Heatley, his hands still covered in blood, scores again for Ottawa with five minutes left and that was it.

I better get the first star or I might have to take the media out for a drive.

  • Crosby: 1 A
  • Malkin: 1 G, 1 A
  • Ouellet: 1 G, 1 A
  • Dany Heatley: 2 G
  • Jason Spezza: 1 G, 2 A
  • Shots: OTT (82) PIT (17)
  • Fleury: 38 saves
  • Malkin had a jump in his step immediately from the opening face-off.
  • What is wrong with Colby Armstrong this year? Crosby hit him with a perfect pass in the slot, and Army didn't even have his stick down.
  • How awful was the officiating? We'll complain about officiating even if we win, so we're not just finding excuses here. What happened to interference penalties? And that terd hooking Crosby when he was on his way to the net? What a joke.
  • On the play where Whitney blindly cleared it to the point, Steigerwald said that it wasn't like Whitney; that it was a panic play and Whitney never panics. Has he been watching the same games that we've been watching? He consistently makes plays like that, but they don't always end up in a goal being scored.
  • Steigerwald also said in the broadcast that Whitney is our break-out pass defenseman. ok.
Quotes from the Game

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Ottawa Senators probably guessed their longest losing streak in 10 years couldn't last. Not with the Pittsburgh Penguins next up on their schedule.

Wow, whoever wrote this is a dick. The Pens get praise throughout the league for starting off strong, and playing the Western Conference power-houses close. But, now all of a sudden, we're expected to be jobbers again?

"Nobody showed up. It was a big game for us, the crowd was unreal, sold out. How could you not show up? I hope it's not their character. ... We gave away too many shots, too many scoring chances."

- Coach Michel Therrien

He repeats the same mantra after every weekend night home loss.

Next Game: Friggin Tonight Baby (11.11)
@ Carolina - 7:00
On The CW (UPN)


ghost of randy cunneyworth said...

These lazy fall saturdays.

football doesn't even matter if the pens lose the night before.

HUGE game in car tonight.

Anonymous said...

i think its a MUST win tonight...not the kind of must win that will determine the outcome of a season. but if we cant pull one out here, i think the team morale is gonna get dangerously low...what do you guys think?

Adam said...

I totally agree, anonymous.

Team morale would hit the lowest point of the season.
It's even bigger because their next game is Monday, against Philly...on Versus.

Can't go into that game with a 5-game losing streak.

A team that is meant to do something this year will go into Carolina tonight and get a victory, somehow.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't say tonight's game is a must win. We have phili on monday and a nice long break thereafter so a loss tonight would hurt of course, but wouldn't kill us.

On another note, I was at the Ottawa game last night.. big big let down

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