Tuesday, April 15, 2008

On The Cusp!

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.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think the jury is still out on MAF, lets not talk him up just yet..

You may have missed your calling, you should be writing for ESPN, not episode recaps for Prison Break.

Anonymous said...

MAF can't play like a girl all season and then redeem himself in playoffs. Especially not when his offense is beating the other goalie to death. Someone might need to spend a little time in the Ottawa locker room explaining what a real offense looks like. Exhibit A: The Penguins…

LSchacht said...

After a 14-2-1 record in his last 17 reg.season games (4 games before and 13 after the injury), with a .948 save % and a 1.29 GAA I think it's safe to have some confidence in Fluery.

It's insane to say he 'played like a girl all season'. Those last 17 games were more than 1/2 the games he played this season (31). He was without question the best in the confernce in March, and agurably the league alongside Nabokov.

And you can't say he hasn't been tested this post-season: He's faced 90 shots in 3 games, stopping 86 of them (.955 save%); including 14 of 14 shots in a barrage of a 1st period of game 3.

Unless you're from Toronto and have an inherent bias against French-Canadians, what more do you want from him?

Anonymous said...

He can shave that pitiful attempt at facial hair....

Anonymous said...

Isn't everyone inherently biased against French-Canadians?

Maybe it's just me since the one I married up and left me one day with these kids so he could become a singer in a lounge act...