Tuesday, March 6, 2007
After being continuously punched in the vas deferens for the last 24 hours, we could finally relieve our minds by watching some Pens hockey.
And we got some great news early:
The impossible relationship was finally ended.
So, with a new-look lineup, the Pens welcomed back Nils Ekman.
And early on, the Pens came out flying.
They were rewarded with a Colby Armstrong goal that gave the Pens a hollow lead.
Coming out in Canada and silencing the Senators fans? That's clutch.
Everything going nice.
Ottawa doesn't even manage a shot on goal for the first eight minutes.
Then, everything collapses faster than Nelly's music career:
BGL gets called for being black.
The defense falls asleep.
MAF falls asleep.
The second period started, and we found Thibault in net.
Chalk this one up as a W for Ottawa.
Go watch "House" and come back in the third period.
Four minutes into the second, Dany Heatley squeaks one past the Thibault.
And that was it for the second period.
Nothing else happened.
Crosby was talking more "trash" then Oscar the Grouch tonight.
It didn't happen.
We all thought the main highlight of the game was going to be us getting the chance to watch the Canadian gold-medal glass-replacement team in action.
The Pens watching the ladder man flying on his skates seemingly reminded them how to skate.
A mere minute after the glass is replaced, Jordan Staal brings his one-man show to Ottawa.
His 64th short-handed goal of the year.
Jordan Staal's dad as a one-man band. It's in the blood.
Should be interesting, but Ottawa will score real quick, right?
Less than two minutes after Staal's goal, Christensen takes full advantage of a dumb play by Mike Comrie.
He steals the puck and goes in with Gary Lemieux on a semi 2-on-1.
4-3. Wow. Could it be?
A minute after that, Staal uses the Bunyan to get the puck over to Malone.
Malone closes in.
The puck comes flying out of the net faster than you can say goal.
Shades of the Capitals game earlier in the season.
Keep the composure.
The next time the puck went into the Pens zone, you looked at Thibault with a curious eye.
You all of a sudden remembered a couple of big saves Thibault made to keep the deficit 4-1.
The rest of the third period was pretty rudimentary.
Ottawa kept coming, but the Pens defense really start clamping down.
A good team will be able to shift from cruise-control mode to score a goal at home to re-take the lead, but Ottawa couldn't do it.
Actually, a good team would never go into cruise-control mode in the first place.
Overtime came and went without a hitch.
One or two close calls on Thibault, but he was money tonight.
The overtime clock ticks to all zeroes.
Heatley put more effort into the pre-shot laps. 0-0.
Christensen comes down and does the move. Goal. 1-0 Good Guys.
"Money in the bank" - Paul Steigerwald.
Vermette is next for Ottawa.
Thibault flops like a frog and robs him.
Here comes Malkin with a chance to win.
He attends the Heatley school of shootouts.
McCammond is next for the Sens. Goal. This isn't happening.
Thibault is beside himself.
Big 87 hops over the bench. Scratches his mouth with his glove, bites his lower lip, and looks at the scoreboard for no reason at all.
He's standing at center ice, knowing he is the best player on Earth.
Standing center ice in the capital city of Canada.
He comes down on Emery and makes him look terrible.
- Crosby: Only plays in shootouts.
- Staal: 1 G, 1 A (Rookie record for shorties.)
- Thibault: Very interesting.
- Shots: SENS ( 23 ) PENS ( 27 )
- Powerplays: SENS ( 2 for 46 ) PENS ( 0 for 4 )
- Amidst all the arena garbage, Penguins fans come out in droves to an away game in Ottawa. What exactly does that tell outsiders about Pittsburgh Penguins hockey?
- Danny Potash, a confirmed reader of The Pensblog, interviews Heatley during the second intermission. Were Heatley jokes swirling around in his head? Probably not, but it's still fun to imagine.
- Jordan Staal -- Yet another momentum-shifting goal for the Pens. What a hockey player.
- Hopefully, the Pens go on another streak. Why? 'Cause maybe then Ouellet will go the way of Thorburn and be held out of the lineup.
- You don't miss Thorburn, but then again, you do.
- We must again touch upon that glass-changing crew in the third. Pens down 4-1. Errey and Steigy were delirious, just trying to find something to laugh about. Gotta give it up to them. It's been a long road for them, but Pens fans are warming up to them.
- Nils Ekman turned in an awful performance. 2 penalties and on the ice for at least one Senators goal. You almost asked where Michel Ouellett was........Almost.
- Georges Laraque has more points than Crosby and Malkin in our last three wins. Good for now, but this can't keep up if we're going to push deep into the playoffs.
Stunning reports coming in from (who else?) TSN.
A meeting will be held later this week in Pittsburgh involving all the interested parties, including NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, whose presence would appear to be two fold.
The first - to implore the various levels of government to close the deal to keep the pens in Pittsburgh. But second - to make sure the Penguins' ownership isn't getting greedy with a lucrative Kansas City deal in their back pocketLINK
Penguins play at home the next three games.
Are the stars aligning?
Get it done.
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