Recap courtesy of Nicole Tee.
No Photoshops tonight. Damian's computer is down. Or he's just lying and doesn't feel like doing anything.
The Pens traveled to Air Canada Centre to partake in their first contest of the regular season against the Maple Leafs. Coming off a physical 5-4 victory against our rival Flyers on Thursday, the Pens looked to keep their consistency and grit going. Three games in four nights can certainly be tough, sometimes...
The game started with a fight between Eric Godard and Colton Orr. I would have to say the scruff was a tie but that's my opinion.
The Sesame Street Line was back to work, backchecking, forechecking, straight out checking; you name any checking and they were doing just that. Jordan Staal was showing some muscle and picked off a pass in the neutral zone to get it into the Leafs zone Tyler Kennedy then stripped Jason Blake of the puck which set up Matt Cooke at 2:10 of the first period for the Pens opening goal. Tyler Kennedy was credited with the only assist on the goal. [1-0]
Marc Andre Fleury looked exceptionally on task with a couple of great saves. At 8:51 of the first, Colton Orr heads to the box due to a roughing penalty. The Pens get their first chance of the night on the powerplay. As such, Gonchar received the a pass at the point from Kunitz and sent a laser in through traffic. [2-0]. The powerplay looked extremely strong tonight, better than it has in quite a while. Kunitz and Tenk were credited the assists on Sarge's goal.
Soon after Jamal Mayers dropped the gloves with Craig Effin' Adams, it was decent but nothing to really tweet about.
At the end of the first period the Pens out-shot the Leafs 14-2 and all the Leafs had under their belt were a couple of fights. Very impressive and completely dominate, the way the Champions should be.
The Leafs down 2-0, came out a little bit stronger. Jay Rosehill at 2:01 into the second tipped a puck from a Wallin centering pass to the back of the net to get the Leafs on the board. It just happened to be his first of the season and first of his NHL career. [2-1]. Jamal Mayers and Rickard Wallin were credited the assists.
Though the one goal deficit didn't last long for the Leafs as Sidney Crosby picked up a rebound from a Geno Malkin shot and slipped it by Vesa Toskala at 2:36 of the second, a powerplay goal and their second of the night. [3-1]. Geno and Guerin with the assists.
The Pens then go back on the powerplay after Rosehill was sent to the sin bin for boarding Papa Sarge. Geno then decides to take a wicked shot which is deflected in by Sid the Kid waiting (calling rather) in front of the net. [4-1]. It was the Pens third PP goal and Sid's second of the night. Geno and Gonch with the assists.
Though the Leafs out-shot the Pens 10-8 to end the second. The boys had the 4-1 lead going into the third.
To start the third Nickolas Hagman tried to give the Leafs some hope by scoring off a rebound to bring them with 2 goals. [4-2] But Staalzy didn't take kindly to that and about a mintue later rips one over Toskala's shoulder from a great defensive backcheck and set up from our beloved Geno. [5-2]
Game. 5-2 Pens over the Leafs. Read it and weep.
- Jordan Staal accidentally received some Free Candy tonight, probably hopes never to experience that again.
- For a good part of the game Staal was along side Evgeni Malkin, Staalzy and Geno looked pretty good together out there. Its 2006-07 all over again.
- Sesame Street line, amazing once again.
- Matt Cooke scored his 100th career goal WOOOOO Cookie!
- Gogo looking better and better each game, he is doing an excellent job on the shut down D. Looking way beyond his years out there.
- Pens 3 for 4 on the PP tonight. Each scored within the first 30 seconds.
- Jay McKee was blocking shots like nobody's business
- Did Rob Blake even play tonight?!