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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Pens Win 4-3! [OT]

It wasn't a great game by any stretch of the imagination, but the Pens record is now 1-0-0.

There were numerous things wrong for the team however.

  • Team toughness.  Maybe the losses of Laraque, Ruutu, Roberts and Malone did hurt them afterall, because the team was - in the words of Michel Therrien - "soff."  Talbot brought some energy but Cooke and Godard seemed to do nothing (expect for the bad penalty Godard took.)  And where was Bissonnette?
  • Fleury.  He was shaky.  I'm not saying he had a bad game, but it wasn't good.
  • The powerplay.  It was horrendous.  Malkin on the point was something I liked, but it didn't work out very well today.  They really missed Gonchar out there, more than I thought they would.
  • The new guys.  Satan and Fedotenko seemed to just frustrate Crosby today.  They need to gel much, much better than they did today.
Overall, it was nice to get a win, but the Senators shouldn't have been such a challenge.  The Kennedy/Malkin/Staal line was good and Talbot played an awesome game.

The rematch is tomorrow when the Pens are the "home" team.

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