Monday, December 8, 2008

It's Officially a Losing steak

As usual it was a high paced game tonight against the Sabres. The Pens get the 1st goal of the game on what was just a beautiful play from Malkin to Fedotenko. That goal will be on a lot of highlights this week.
The Penguins would let the lead go a little over a minute later when Derrik Roy puts one behind Sabourin to tie the game up.

Malkin and Fedotenko would team up again on another pretty goal. Sykora finds it behind the net, Passes it to Malkin who one touch passes over to Fedotenko to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead.
The First period would end with the Penguins on a 5 on 3. Pominville is called for a hook with 2 minutes left in the Period and Vanek gets a Penalty for not knowing the rules. He lays down on the Puck like an idiot to try to get a faceoff. You can't do that in todays NHL. The Penguins Power play would carry over to the 2nd period. The first Period ended with the Pens in front 2-1.

The second period started with Buffalo killing the 5 on 3 power play only to have another penalty called soon after to put them back on a 5 on 3. This time Letang makes them pay. He puts a wrist shot by Miller for his first goal in a few years. That goal would give the Penguins the Dreaded 2 goal lead. They would still have 48 seconds of a 5 on 4 to work with, but the Sabres would eventually kill it off.
At the 13:20 mark of the 2nd Period Sabourin had no idea what was going on. He makes a save without knowing a shot was coming, loses sight of the rebound and some Sabres d-bag puts it home, 3-2 Pens at this point. You started getting that feeling of throwing up in your mouth, you knew what was coming.
Soon after the Sabres goal the Pens would have a chance to get it back. Buffalo gets called for a hooking call or something, Lindy Ruff decided it wasn't enough of a challenge so he bitches at the refs and gets an unsportsman penalty.
A full 2 minutes of 5 on 3 power play for the Pens turned out to be the turning point of the game. They fail to cash in the Power play, which gives the sabres all kinds of life. Like clock work a minute or so after the 5 on 3 is killed the Sabres tie the game up.
The Penguins are frustrated, The end of the Period Gaustad lays out Lovejoy and Malkin didn't appreciate it. He tries to take on the world and ended up in the box.

The 3rd Period started with Sabourin way out of position, how the puck didn't find the back of the net is beyond me. Miller makes a save on Satan at the goal mouth. He faces that shot 10 times, it goes in 9, Satan can't buy a goal right now.
at the 15:30 mark of the third period Matt Cooke gets some payback for The hit on Lovejoy, he lays out Gaustad at the blue line, Who doesn't love how Matt Cooke plays the game?
The Sabres would get payback shorty after when Vanek puts in the game winning goal at the 13:47 mark. The Rest of the third period was a bucnh of shit. The Pens power play would let them down time after time.

An exciting game to watch. The Pens had their chances but didn't bury them. Satan had 2 golden chance to get a goal but couldn't put it home. The Penguins Power play was 1 for 624, that just can't happen.
The Pens did end up scoring about 4 seconds after the game was over.

Pens lose. Next game Wednesday. They need to put a stop to this losing streak now.

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