Sunday, December 4, 2011

GTOPG: Pens Squash Desparate Canes; Win, 3-2

By Artistry

Sidney Crosby took another step forward in his return to dominating the NHL on Saturday, previewing for the rest of the conference what the Penguins will look like when they roll out Sid, Geno, and Staal on consecutive shifts, you manage to limit the damage, and then Arron Asham, Craig Adams, and Richard Park jump down your throat.  This 3-2 win in Carolina will be remembered for a possibly unprecedented kill of a two-man advantage for a full two minutes at the end of regulation when Pittsburgh's top two penalty killers - Staal and Cooke - weren't even on the ice.  Brent Johnson was impenetrable.  Brooks Orpik was in beast mode.  But this was mostly about how fruitless it can be to try to keep pace with a Penguins team that has its horses up front going at a full gallop.  Incredible prelude to Monday night's game against the formidable Bruins, and a reminder to new Carolina coach Kirk Muller that he will go down in history as #2.

We're busy watching the Bengals botch field goals right now, so no full recap. Hoping Jordan Staal is OK and gearing up for tomorrow.  LGP.

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