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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Game Recap: Penguins 5 - Sabres 2

The Pittsburgh Penguins recorded their sixth straight victory Saturday night as they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 at the Mellon Arena. Once again the Penguins entered the third period trailing and ended up leaving with two points. Jordan Staal scored the game winning goal with 4:33 left in regulation. He also added an empty net goal to seal the victory.

The Penguins scored 4 goals in less than eight minutes in the third period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 win. Evgeni Malkin scored the Penguins second period goal and recorded three assists on the night. Malkin and Staal were the game's first two stars respectively. Alex Goligoski, who scored the game-tying goal at 11:43 of the third rounded out the three stars for the night.

I missed the majority of this game tonight, but from the highlights it seems like Fleury played a good game. It looks like the Penguins are still having trouble clearing opposition players away from the net. Thomas Vanek was left all alone on the Sabres second goal. That needs to be fixed quickly.

Having three lines that all perform very well is a huge bonus for the Penguins and it makes them a much more formidable team. The team has scored 32 goals during the six game winning streak. In the first 11 games of the season they scored a total of only 22 goals.

So the offense is definitely clicking. I think the current line combinations are the best possible line-up and it shows on the scoreboard.

In other news, RDS (French TSN) is reporting that the Penguins have traded Darryl Sydor to the Dallas Stars for Phillipe Boucher. I don't know much about Boucher, but from what I have been reading this appears to be a great deal by Ray Shero.

UPDATE: Also, it appears that Phillipe Boucher can take a slapshot to the face for only $2.5 million a season. Do you hear that Ryan Malone?

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