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Game #2 Recap: Senators vs. Penguins

October 7, 2008




The second game…*sigh*…not a good one.

First Period: The Pens started out strong keeping the puck in their own end. Malkin was a beast. Ruutu decided to be a little bitch though and hit Paul Bissonnette from behind and smothered Crosby on purpose. Don’t like him that much anymore. The Pens had a couple powerplays but couldn’t do anything with them….of course. Orpik passed out some free candy on Daniel Alfredsson’s ass at the end of the period.

                       End of first period: Pens 0-Sens 0

Second Period: The first goal of the game was scored by Dany “I suck at driving” Healtey scored on his second try. Sens 1-Pens 0.

                      Not much happened other than the Pens got on another powerplay at the end of the period and didn’t do anything with it AGAIN.

                          End of second period: Sens 1- Pens 0.

Third Period: In the third period, the Pens powerplays looked horrible…again. Getting really sick of that in the first two games. Never realized how much we’re gonna be missing Gonchar and Whitney till now.

                        Dany Heatley = MONEY. His shot is WICKED and that was obvious as he banked in his second goal on a one-timer with seconds left in their powerplay. Sens 2-Pens 0.

Someone drive me home...

Someone drive me home...

                          Then a fluky goal occured when Antoine Vermette’s stick broke, went to get a new one, pass sent flying towards his way, shot the first time he missed, then it went underneath MAF’s pad…GOAL. Sens 3-Pens 0.

                          Matt Cooke later on PWNED (yes, PWNED) Alfy with a devastating hit. That was probably the good thing that happened in that game.

                          The Sens committed a penalty with about a minute left AND THE PENGUINS ACTUALLY SCORED ON WITH .1 TO GO! IT WAS AMAZING! ALEX GOLI-FREAKING-GOSKI BAYBEEEEE! Sens 3-Pens 1.


*sigh* No more hockey till next Saturday night.



Game #1 Recap: Penguins vs. Senators

October 5, 2008




It’s been the day we’ve been waiting for since that gut-wrenching loss to Detroit in the Cup Finals. We waited month after month and now it’s finally here.

The start to the 2008/2009 Pittsburgh Penguins season.

And I’d have to say it started out pretty damn well – especially for Tyler Kennedy.

First Period: 40 seconds into the game, the first Penguins goal of the year was scored as little Tyler Kennedy scored on a wicked wrist-shot. It was truly a great play by Kennedy. He stole the puck from a Senators defender, blazed passed the back of the net, got in front of the net, turned and banked it home. Pens 1-Sens 0.

                       The game got a little physical with Chris Neil and Eric Godard. Former Pen Jarkko RUUUUTUU got into the physical action as well. Bodies flying everywhere, big hits that make you go “OH!” and toothless hockey players smacking each other is something I missed very, very much so.

                       As the game was heating up, so were the Senators as Shean Donovan scored halfway through the first period.  Pens 1-Sens 1.

                      Not much happened throughout the rest of the first period except for that the Pens had 5 POWERPLAYS and didn’t score on ANY of them. Really, really miss Gonch and Whits right now as they are the generals on the powerplays. We’re really gonna miss that this season.

                       End of first period: Pens 1-Sens 1.

Second Period: The second period started out with a interference penalty on Brooks Orpik but surprisingly the Pens, not the Sens, took advantage of it. A bad turnover by the Senators Fillip Kuba turned into a ‘Geno breakaway which then turned into a SAWEEET goal by #71. He went to his right, then back to his left as he’s falling down and chipped into the net as he’s sliding into the net. Pens 2-Sens 1.



                           The game got physical again to the point that there was a little scrum between Max, Jason Smith and RUUUTTUUU. But then of course the refs said “NO FUN” and there wasn’t a fight…aww.

                            The Senators then went on a powerplay, Malkin was on the edge of scoring ANOTHER shorthanded goal but just a little bit later, Dany “I suck at driving” Heatley beat Fleury top shelf. It really was a great play by Heatley as he possessed the puck as it was bouncing, took control of it, went to his backhand and put it past Fleury. Too bad his hockey direction isn’t as good as his driving direction….BAM! Pens 2-Sens 2.

                            The Pens got on ANOTHER powerplay but once again couldn’t capitalize on it but rather yet the Senators did. Jason Spezza took advantage of a Pens turnover, blazed down on a 2 on a 1 and scored on a wicked wrist shot. Sens 3-Pens 2.

                            In the final minutes of the second period, Mark Eaton was called on a hooking call then 30 second later, Hal Gill threw the puck into the bench as the stupid glass is 6 inches shorter in that arena then it is in NHL arenas. It ultimately put the Sens on a long 5-3 to start the third period…ugh.

                            End of second period: Sens 3-Pens 2.

Third Period: Even though the Senators started off with a 5-3, they couldn’t do anything with it. In fact, the Pens almost got another shorthanded goal when Sid got on a breakaway but Gerber said “NO” and denied him.

                        The main highlight of the third period was when Crosby made a SAWEEET pass over to Scuds for a goal. I had the same thought that every other Pens fan had when Scuds scored…”WTF ROB SCUDERI?!” That was his first goal in 96 games. Pens 3-Sens 3.

                        Scary moment as with about 25 seconds to go, Fleury tried to glove a puck that was flying past him but it went off his glove and just hit the post. One inch in and it’s a goal and the Pens lose on a fluke goal.

                          End of third period: Pens 3-Sens 3

OVERTIME: Not much to touch upon other than with about a minute left, Tyler effin Kennedy stole the puck on a bad turnover, blazed down with Malkin on the other side of the ice, then just BURIED it in for the win. And then every Penguins fan had an immediate orgasm watching Kennedy celebrate.





Preseason Game #4 Recap: Penguins vs. Maple Leafs

September 27, 2008


I guess you can still call them the ‘Cardiac Kids’ in the preseason. The Pens rallied to beat the Leafs 5-4 in Toronto tonight.

Sid was back for those that didn’t know. Thought that was pretty awesome, I didn’t expect him to play at all. Fleury was in goal tonight which I was really happy about. I wanted him to start at least one more preseason game. Unfortunately he let in 4 goals which makes me concerened.

Anyways, the goals for the Pens were Sidney Crosby, Janne Pesonen, Mark Eaton, Kris Letang and Matt Cooke. While listening to it, I was VERY pleased to see Eaton score. I’m really rooting for this kid this year and hope he actually plays a FULL SEASON HEALTHY for once. Nice to see Pez score as well, I’m starting to get the feeling he’ll make the next cut and go over to Sweden.

Probably the most staggering stat was that Toronto had 40 shots while the Pens only had 25 but still won. Pretty much shows you how great of an offense the Pens have. Have 15 more shots than the other team and STILL lose…EPIC FAILURE for the Leafs. That team could be BAD this year.

The Pens were down the whole game. 1-0, 3-1, and 4-3 but they never gave up and won. Hey I know it’s preseason but I LOVE IT. Was about to turn it off at the end but I knew these kids had a fight in them…they always do.

That’s when Letang tied the game up at 4 with less than 5 minutes to go and then Cookie took the lead with less than 3 minutes to go. Once again, I know it’s just a preseason game but oh yeah, I was flipping out like it was a playoff game.

Remember that I’m not putting much effort into these preseason games. For regular season games, it’ll be a full recap. So stay tuned for some awesome recaps.



Preseason Game #3 Recap: Maple Leafs vs. Penguins

September 25, 2008



No Crosby? Ehh no problem. Since the hockey news now is STILL a bit slow (thank you ESPN), Sidney Crosby sat out tonight’s game with a sore groin. Now before everyone starts to freak out, this was a precautionary scratch. Not a big deal at all but just that the Pens didn’t want this to be a big problem.

Anyways, the Pens ended up defeating the Leafs 3-2 tonight at Mellon Arena. Another decent crowd for a preseason game was on hand tonight.

So with Crosby out, Jeff Taffe centered the first line with Dupuis and Satan. Malkin centered the second line with Feds and Sykora. Talbot then centered the third line with James and Kennedy. Sabo started again tonight surprisingly and surprisingly he did well. Hopefully MAF plays Friday night, I really want one more preseason game out of him.

Sykora lit up the lamp with with his third goal in the preseason making the score 1-0 early in the first. Really excited to see him play this year with Malkin. Methinks they’ll have great chemistry together. 1-0 ‘Guins.

Then an odd play occurred when Feds meant to pass it to Letang but it actually deflected off a defenseman (don’t know who) and went in. 2-0 ‘Guins.

A couple fights occurred in the first period but it remained 2-0 Pens at the end of the first…happy times!

To start out the second period, the Leafs went on a powerplay when Malkin scored a B-E-AUTIFUL goal off of a turnover to make the deficit even worse. 3-0 ‘Guins.

End of the second period…3-0 Pens.

Nothing much happened in the third other than the Leafs scored twice to make it 3-2 as Alexei Ponikarovsky and Mikhail Grabovski were the goal scorers. Grabovski scored with about 11 seconds to go.

Pens rake the Leafs 3-2 and a “BIG-BIG WIN FOR THE PENGUINS”…will NEVER give that up.

Not going to lie, I didn’t listen or watch the game tonight as I was not home all night. I just took this off of what LGP posters said in the game-thread topic. Of course I had to miss tonight to as their was a live feed on the Pens website (sigh).


Preseason Game #2 Recap: Penguins vs. Lightning

September 23, 2008


After the Penguins lost to the Lightning 5-4 in the shootout in Pittsburgh, they go down to Tampa Bay and defeat the ‘Bolts 3-2.

Last night’s roster was a lot different than the first preseason game. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Petr Sykora, Jordan Staal, Miroslav Satan and Marc-Andre Fleury did not play last night. Tampa’s lineup looked a lot different as well as their best players such as Vincent Lecavalier, and Martin St. Louis were both out. Obviously this game was for the players that are battling to be here to open the season and not in WBS.

The ‘Bolts scored the first goal like that when Jussi Jokinen put the puck in the back of the net within the first minute. Of course my first thought was “Wonderful, we DO have a sucky back-up…just great”.

But then POOTIE TANG (Kris Letang for you newbies to the blog) tied it up at 1 with a little over 5 minutes into the first period on a powerplay. With Gonch possibly out for a while, POOTIE TANG should make be making a big impact and should collect a lot of minutes early in the season. Could be huge for him.

Then Max the ‘superstar’ Talbot scores to put the Pens up 2-1. There’s nothing more I’d love to see than for Talbot to have a big scoring year. I feel he can do it but he’s going to have to prove some other people wrong.

To open the second period, the past Penguins demons haunt them as Michel freakin’ Oullet scores to tie the game up. I swear it’s annoying how many times past Pens players hurt us…I don’t even care if it’s preseason.

Tyler Kennedy would then score what would be the game-winning goal as the Pens top the Lightning 3-2.

A VERY physical game with a couple fights. Sabo actually had a really, really good game. Was very impressed with him. After LISTENING (and not watching…damn you FSN Pittsburgh) these two past games, I feel there could be a couple of great games between the ‘Guins and the ‘Bolts in 08/09.

Oh and in the words of David Mishkin…”BIG-BIG WIN FOR THE PENGUINS!” Yeah right…


Preseason Game #1 Recap: Lightning vs. Penguins

September 21, 2008


My game threads will usually be a lot more comprehensive and detailed for the regular season games. I couldn’t watch it and listened to most of it.

Sounded like the Pens were going to get blown out when they went down 3-1. However, they came back and tied it up at 3 but ended up losing 5-4 in a shootout with goals by Stakmos and Jokinen.

Staal had the first goal of the game. Crosby later then followed and Siiiicckkkora (Petr Sykora for the people that don’t get that stuff because they’re not smart) chipped in two goals. Sounded like Staal was comfortable on the left wing with Malkin, had two points. REALLY happy to see and hear that.

Of course you can expect the Pens to be a little flat. I mean they ARE getting a feel for each other and trying to get used to each other. You’ll probably see a lot more of this to start out in not only preseason games but in the early games of the seasons as well. Then the “THE SKY IS FALLING” crowd will come out of the woodwork and pleasure us all…they’re real delightful and make us all giggle.

Gonch got hurt. He was hit by David Koci and only played for like 3 minutes or so. Though you always should be cautious with stuff like that, he should be OK. Supposedly it’s a shoulder injury from what the Pens official site says. If he goes down though, our nice depth that we had is shot. I don’t think it’s serious though.

If any of you listened to the game, you would’ve known that the Lightning’s radio guy, David Mishkin is a complete bafoon. Every time the ‘Bolts scored he’d act like they just won the Stanley Cup. Every time their goalie made a save, he’d act like Jesus Christ just appeared on the face of the earth.

Then the greatest line EVER by an announcer made after a preseason game…”A BIG-BIG WIN FOR THE LIGHTNING!!” Okay buddy…

Not much to take from this game. What else happened? Oh, Satan hit the post a lot. He’ll need to capitalize on that during the season or it could cost us.