Sunday, November 18, 2007

Breaking Point. PENS LOSE

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4-3 (OT)

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The Pens got a point.
In end, we suppose that is all that matters.


Fox Sports takes us down memory lane.

A look at the Jagr years in Pittsburgh.
Just a solid time. This is why Stan Savarn is a big deal.

It is still hard to believe.
From Jagr's haircut to his unreal performance against the Devils in game six of the 1999 playoffs, Jags was a god in this town.
One could only wish blogs were around back then.


Jeff Jimmerson
(Thanks to "Pens guy")

Also does anyone know how to share audio files?

Long time Fritowill recorded Jimerson signing the anthem and we want to get it out there so everyone can listen to Jimmerson's angelic voice.

First Period

As awful as the Pens sometimes start games, tonight they came out flying.
Right off the bat, Scuds get the puck on net.
Crosby hits the post.

Meanwhile the Rangers come flying down the ice.
It was a frantic first five minutes because Fox Sports cameras were jacked up.
The zoom was way too close, and it was a nightmare.
It was like watching the game on home video, taped by Uncle Idiot.

We stopped by the LGP game thread to ask if anyone else noticed that, and then we got flamed by some dick.
We like LGP, so we won't judge one the board by one person.
But whatev.

During the camera issues, the Rangers get a shot by Fleury.
But Mark Eaton saves the day.

Ryan Malone jobs some dude.
Pentaly-kill time.

Crosby comes out, being that Malone is in the box.
For some reason, people think this is a big deal.

Bing does come through, though. He steals the puck and takes off on a 2-on-1 with Max Talbot.
He feeds it over to Max.
Goal 1-0.
Scott Gomez = Stunned

Right after that, the Pens were everywhere. Malkin got a chance, but the puck jumped on him.
He tried to bat it down, but instead it looked like he threw it into the net.
It should've counted because he money.

Every line the Pens threw out there was working.
The puck was following Crosby.

In a rush up the ice, Bing gets it to Malone.
Malone makes a nice move and draws a penalty.
Rangers have to touch it, but can't.

The puck winds up getting to Bing.


The rest of the period, Henrik Lundqvist kept the Rangers in it.
Without him, people are sleeping well tonight.

The Pens do kill a penalty, but the Rangers stole back some momentum.
You could feel it.

Second Period brought to you by:

Chernobyl power

The Penguins being up 2-0 is about as safe as sex with Pensblog Charlie's disease invested balls.

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That's below the belt guys.
I like it.


And wouldn't you know. Less than a minute in Michael Rosvial blows a shot past MAF

Not good.

But never fear, the ten seconds that anyone actually knew Chris Drury playing, resulted in him taking a delay of game penalty.

The Pens set up shop, but the Pink Ranger steals the puck.

The Pink ranger morphs a pass to Roszival.
WTF 2-2.
It is never easy when a former Pen scores.
But Rozsival? Twice?

Rutuu gets a penalty for boarding. Bad call. Some jobber tries to fight him. Rutuu gets a good punch.

Meanwhile, the Pens look bad. Mark Recchi is just :(

The Wheels continue to fall off. Rob Scuderi looks lost.
Hook city.
Everything comes full circle as Joe Giradi knocks an easy rebound home.

The Period finally comes to an end.



Third Period brought to you by:

The first ten minutes of this period was about as exciting as Light-up night in downtown Pittsburgh.
If you disagree with that statement, should you even be here?

Awful times.
Mark Recchi looked like he didn't even know there was a game.
Not to pick on him, but watching Scott Gomez blow past him was sad.

The Pens defense was actually OK. The Rangers really could not generate much.
But compared to the Penguins, whatev.

The Pens tried to get something going, so they put Bing-Malkin- Sykora out.

However, Malkin gets called for a hooking call, that may be one of the worst calls in the last 6 years.

The Pens kill it off.

Erik Christensen tries to get a shot on net, but it hits off the glass.
Then it hits a Ranger.
Then it hits Henrik Lundqvist
Malkin makes a sick pass with his skate.

The girls face in the front row is what life is about.

After that goal, the Pens seemed a little more loose.
Evgeni Malkin made a move on Marc Staal that can't be explained. But it was all for naught.

After a few frantic seconds, overtime we go.



It is a right of the NHL season for the Rangers to devaste the Pens in OT at home.
Tonight was no different.

Both teams were back and forth.
Gonch carried the puck in deep, throws it in front. ( bad move )
Crusher fans on it.

No one gets back for Gonchar, who uses his X button to get back.
Unreal skating.

But it wasn't enough.
The talentless Paul Mara makes a brillant pass to some minor league scumbag


  • Bing: 1G,1A
  • Sykora: 1G, 1A
  • Malkin: 1G
  • Pens: 12 shots in the first period. 11 the rest of the game.

  • Even though a lot of bad times are going on, Ryan Malone has turned into a good hockey player.
  • Where would the Pens be without Petr Sykora?
  • Strange decision to have Recchi in the lineup.
  • Marc Staal is a solid player
  • Jordan Staal is running slumpblog.
  • Henrik Lundqvist is a big deal. He won the game in the first.
  • 4 goals by defenseman for NYR.


Marc said...

Maybe you will be interested by a Jeff Jimerson video ?

biff said...

Mark Recchi is an all-time great Penguin winger. I've always been sad to see him go and glad to see him come back to the Penguins. But now he's like the old arthritic horse that's had its glory days but can no longer perform the duties it was meant for. Like it or not, someone's got to shoot him.

And by that, I mean trade him or force him into retirement. I would prefer the latter, as I would like to see him end his career where it began - he'll always be, to me, a Penguin first.

I actually don't feel too bad about this game. We took a point from one of the hottest team's in the league, although it's clear that we could (should) have earned two. The Malone-Crosby-Sykora line looks good and Letang was impressive on both sides of the puck. His presence gives us the flexibility to scratch Scuds and replace him with Sydor, which I feel should happen on Wednesday. Kennedy's a much better player right now than Recchi, and I think he could be quite successful on Malkin's line (I'm thinking like Colby his rookie year w/Sid). I also wouldn't mind seeing Stone or Filewich with the big club in lieu of Crusher, although Colby should be first in line to get back in the lineup. It's time to throw previous expectations out the window and treat this like last season. Enjoy the ride, and remember how lucky we are to have not just a hockey team, but an exciting, classy group of guys to cheer on all season.

Troy Loney said...

How can you not healthy scratch Recchi again? He can't be playing any better than Army or Kennedy, so why not let those young guys work through the tough times and get the experience?

Recchi is done after this season, who cares if he sits? Army can't play any better if he's sitting in the luxury box.

Jersey Bill said...

"The talentless Paul Mara makes a brillant pass to some minor league scumbag"

I think that's a lot in a nutshell. Too much of that from other teams, and none from us.

H.M.F.C.C.Y.E? said...

Yo. That was Mad Max with the goal not Malks.

Fleury29 said...

Is it just me or is this picture a non sequitur? I mean, really, who the hell is that? Do I not know because I don't live Western Pennsylvania?

There were a lot of spelling and grammar mistakes in this post but if you come here from spelling and grammar, u ned 2 fiind a knew blug 2 reed. I think it's fair to say that the Penguins play so far this season is affecting the Staff's ability to write like Kryptonite affects Superman.

I'm going to go watch Serpico again because that movie is less depressing than the Penguins season so far.

That said, I haven't lost faith, LET'S GO PENS!

J.S. said...

still can't believe that no-talent Scrubwick scored the game winner. He'll probably stay off the scoresheet for the next 63 games.

Bobbled pucks, bad passes, and looking flat all game? Yes, what other words could be used to describe Mark Recchi. For the love of Mario, put him back in the press box. Easily his worst game of the year, which says a lot.

Dwayne said...

I gotta agree about Malone. He's not the "goal scoring winger" we all keep wishing we had (though Sykora is acquitting himself quite well in that regard), but he plays hard, plays well for the most part, and can keep the cycle alive with guys like Sid making unreal move after unreal move. When he's out there, he doesn't look -stupid-, which I suppose is a big part of getting to play with a superstar. You put rex out there and you groan with terror. Army didn't do too bad, but he couldn't keep it up game in and game out. Aside from Malone's mandatory minor penalty per game, he's playing pretty solid, which is more than I can say for most of our team.

PittHockey said...

I'll take the point, better than the straight out loss, which looked possible after the 2nd.

What is it going to take to get staal out of his slump? Did they make him cut back on his partying after the incident over the offseason?

If so, I call for the return of the Gronk.

Anonymous said...

Therien was playing for the point not the win. MAF still sucks, he goes down before the puck is shot. Kinda like your friends sister before the pants are dropped.


Nick said...

The one argument that Therien always makes for Roberts and Recchi being in the line-up is leadership.

If you want to talk leadership, you talk the captain of our team taking over the first period and putting us in a position to blow out one of the hottest teams in the league.

You talk about a rookie who fell off at the end of last season (Malkin) working out all summer with personal trainers and coming back to lead the NHL in assists through the first quarter of the season.

You talk Ryan Malone, Maxime Talbot and Mark Eaton laying it all on the line every night, working their butts off to try to propel this team to the next level.

You talk about Marc-Andre Fleury working on improving his game to get back in the line-up and giving Sykora a chance to put in a rebound to tie this game up late in the third.

That's leadership...This is a team full of young guys who don't need to look up to old, slow players at the end of their careers for guidance. I still wear my WWGRD bracelet everyday, but at some point you have to ask yourself if having Gary Roberts on the third line is really helping out anyone. If he's not going to play at the level he did in the playoffs last year every night, why does he get to be on the rink ahead of Kennedy or Armstrong, when you can bet your ass that those two would be turning in that kind of effort night in and night out.

Ask yourself one question: If Recchi and Roberts aren't in the line-up, do we have less points than we do right now? Nope. More....?

Anonymous said...

I'm still not sure I buy into Scratch Roberts, I just want to see him used right. Outside of the sickening amount of talent that is Malkin-Crosby-Sykora, Roberts-Talbot-Armstrong was the best line that the Pens have put on the ice this season. All three of them are going to crash and bang, get the low cycle going, generate some momentum for the team, and maybe stuff the puck behind the goaltender every few games.

The problem is, if you have those two on Mad Max's wing, what do you do with Ruutu and Laraque? With the amount we're paying them, they should both be making at least fairly regular appearances on the fourth line, but aside from Talbot, all of our centers should be on goal scoring lines. Therrien tried putting Christensen with them, and the fans all wanted his head. Staal, maybe? but then what will snap him out of his slump?

Actually, putting Staal back as the fourth line center might not be a bad thing. It will keep him in the lineup for the penalty kill but otherwise force him to play a simpler, defensive game that was the biggest reason he stayed with the club last season.

Another option, that I've been promoting for a while is put Laraque on the top lines. He's here to convince the other team that it might not be a good idea to get too physical with Crosby or Malkin, and what better way to do that then to have him right there next to them?

PensGuy said...

Anybody noticing Sydor out of the lineup? Letang is doing fine as of right now.

Any more rumors on why Armstrong continues to get scratched?

It was a fun game to watch and an even better game to be in attendance at, but this team is going to give me a heart attack at the age of 19.

The point was nice...I guess.

stokes said...

Here's my thing with the line-up: While Rex is visibly trying to improve, for what its worth, Roberts appears to be doing much less to make himself better. Therefore, i would sit Roberts over Rex, last nights' terrible game by Rex notwithstanding.

I really thought that the Ruutu-Laraque-Talbot line was excellent this week, and i like Anon's idea of moving Staal to the fourth line, for the reasons Anon stated above.

Colby should be in the line-up. i still don't understand that. One maybe two games, but going on a week now? that's just overkill, for a guy that's been as solid as he has been. Once again, if you're benching someone for not producing, you'd have to rotate just about everyone between the luxury box and the bench.

thenick: solid post. i agree 100%. Its along the lines of what Madden was saying just a week or two ago: play the young guys all you can and to hell with the old guys. he used the 80's Oiler dynasty as an example. I don't always agree with Madden, but i'd be interested in seeing what would happen.

Some pretty dire stats in the paper by Molinari today.

Keep the faith, Pens fans! We do have two of the best players in the world on our side.

mookieproof said...

Who was the Penguin defenseman that got caught pinching on the Rangers' shortie in the second? I don't mind the pinch--the D-man and I think Malkin had a decent chance to Lundquist's right--but then he watched as the Rangers went the other way. It was awful. Giving up a shorthander is bad enough, but giving it up to a former Penguin defenseman? Ugh.

I don't know what to do with Rex. I don't think he's playing horribly, but you can't say he's much of a positive. At least Army hits people. And something needs to be done with J. Staal before his head explodes from having the entire NHL inside it.

Anonymous said...

Why is Recchi still in the line up and why is Staal not scratched?

london said...

the pens went on a 4 game losing streak and were 1/7 in november and obviously changes needed to be made. therrien FINALLY makes some changes (scratching recchi, sydor, whatever) we all cheered, and the pens win a game. the very next game he goes right back to scratching kennedy and playing recchi. WTF.

i've been patient with therrien, but this is completely contradicting everything he did last year. when the team won last season he made a point to stick with the same EXACT lineup the next game and so on until we lost. i remember it being tough for certain guys to even crack the lineup b/c we were winning all those games and therrien stuck to the same guys.

if therrien doesn't have the balls to sit recchi out b/c of his "leadership ability" then for god's sake put him on the 4th line. there is no need for him to play over 16 minutes alongside Geno. obviously recchi is not the sole reason this team is losing, but it just pisses me off that therrien didn't stick with the same lineup last night. i don't think he's doing what is right for the team at this point.

colby is probably losing his mind.

CG said...

Stokes / nick: I agree with sitting Roberts but for a different reason. Don't loose site of why Roberts was brought to this team: Playoff Intensity. Anyone that thought he'd play with that level of intensity all season is smoking crack. He should be rested often during the season, to make sure he has enough left in the tank for playoffs. I don't care if he doesn't score all year, as long as his first shift of the playoffs, he's willing to punch his grandmother in the face if it means a win. That's veteran leadership!

I also agree that we need Colby back in there.....


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