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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Game Recap: Penguins 5, Oilers 4

The Pittsburgh Penguins built up a five goal lead before giving up four unanswered Edmonton Oiler goals and barely hanging on to win the game five to four. Penguin goals were scored by Max Talbot, Miroslav Satan and Petr Sykora. Satan and Sykora had two goals each.

For the first 38 minutes it was a dream game. The big guns were scoring, Marc-Andre Fleury was outstanding, and the the Penguins looked to be running away with the lead. The Penguins looked like a well-rested team (which they were) and the Oilers looked like they played yesterday (which they did.) And then it all fell apart. The Oilers scored with less than two minutes to go in the second. It was five to one. Still, no big deal, right? It's a four goal lead going into the third. Not even the Penguins could blow that lead.

But a Penguins lead is the most dangerous lead in hockey.

Thankfully it was not to be.

The Penguins held on and won it. For the second night in a row the Oilers scored four straight goals and didn't win the game. Oilers Nation owes the Pensblog two shirts.

It was good to see the Penguins winning faceoffs. They've really improved since Mike Zigmomanis came on board. It was good to see Sykora start scoring again, even though he still is unable to get that illusive hat trick. All-in-all, even with the near collapse, it was a good game for the Penguins. They played well and they looked to be working harder. Talbot seems to fit in with Crosby and Satan better than Dupuis ever did. I hope the lines stay the way they were tonight, it worked well.

The Penguins next game is Saturday night in Long Island.

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