As discussed in this morning's post, my memory of this game has been almost completely washed away by the ensuing 24/7 Winter Classic documentary premiere. But I have some notes and, despite the late hour, a responsibility to share them with you.
- The only way for a team like the New York Rangers to contain a line with Sidney Crosby and Geno Malkin is to obstruct them and pray for bad ice. Obstruction is coming back to the NHL, but I'm not about to suggest that's why the Pens lost last night. The ice is another story. That game should have been at least 3-0 after two periods, but on every Penguins' odd-man rush, it looked like guys were dragging the puck through a gravel pit.
- At one point in the second period, the Penguins were outshooting the Rangers 21-10, and I found myself typing the words, "I cannot believe NYR just beat the Caps 7-0." Oops.
- The Penguins defense was terrific during the first two periods. In the third, everyone seemed to get impatient. All of a sudden Kris Letang, nursing a one-goal lead, was freelancing in the offensive zone with Marian Gaborik on the ice. Poor decision-making.
- Erik Christensen's patented wrister under the bar to tie the game once again exposed Brent Johnson's one glaring weakness. He backs into his net way too early, leaving those upper corners exposed.
- The officials got it right when they waived off Geno's apparent game-tying goal. Textbook goalie interference by Dupes (F--- you, Geno.).
- Chris Kunitz scratched two games in a row, and we lose two in a row. Not a coincidence. We miss Hands of Johnson & Johnson cotton balls.
|Actual Image of Chris Kunitz's Right Hand|
- Presumably, Sid is keeping the mustache now until his scoring streak is snapped. I think I speak for everyone when I say, Sid, we're ready for you not to score.
- It's interesting to read the hockey blogosphere reactions to the first episode of 24/7. It seems the show has been pretty much universally acclaimed, but there are certainly differing views on how a certain red jump-suited coach comes across. Puck Daddy seems to think he's just terrific. Japer's rink hasn't yet seen fit to address the issue. Pens Blog comes down where we do on this, and it's no surprise that Penguins Nation stands united in making fun of Bruce Boudreau. That said, and I'm really trying to speak objectively here, I thought Boudreau looked out of his depth at times. It's all taken out of context, it's in the middle of a losing streak, it's not his fault he ate a sloppy joe just before they turned the camera on him - I get all that. But if you came away from this thinking, hey, Bruce Boudreau made the Capitals' organization look good, I don't know what to tell you.
- Pens/Caps alumni game rosters have been announced. Who you taking, the team with Mario Lemieux? Or the one with Pat Ribble? Yeah.