The emergence of Marc-Andre Fleury and demergence of Marian Hossa probably means that Fleury is going to get a big contract this summer and suck up any available money the Penguins might have had in mind for Hossa. Which is fine, because Pittsburgh can just sign somebody like Kristian Huselius and let him become Sykora 2.0.
But why are we looking into the distant future when we should be looking into the near future? Namely Game 4 or 5, when the Penguins are going to wrap up a first round win! Ottawa was at home and desperate for a win. Gary Roberts was scratched with a balky groin. The crowd was revved up in two languages. Ottawa came up flying in the first period. Ottawa scored the first goal last night. Everything looked like it was going against the Pens. And they won 4-1.
Quick answer by Talbot, clutch goal to start the third period by Crosby, a flash of Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy and this game was over. It was nice to see Hossa get on the board with the capper, particularly since he has about 17 shots in the series. He's so jinxed right now that he was actually behind Gerber in Game 2 - with the puck! in the crease! - and still couldn't score.
If you had to sum up Pittsburgh last night, look at Crosby's early goal and then Staal's quick follow up and everything backended by Fleury. If you had to sum up Ottawa's series, look at Chris Neil playing one of the dumbest games the NHL has seen in some time. Three penalties, two of which came from cheap shot punches where he was the only guy to go to the box.