Sunday, November 30, 2008

Crosby gets hat trick, Pens win

(Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo)

The Penguins beat the Devils last night 4-1 with a great show from Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The Dynamic Duo continued their awe-some play with Sid scoring a hat trick and an assist and Geno with two assists. Whoever was saying Sid lost his touch and talked about Geno being traded, do you still want to? We think not. Or does anyone want to talk about Malkin being greedy and wanting his own team to be the star of? We think not. Both players are playing out of their minds, blowing the minds of all those who watch. How could anyone not be entertained? Their play, especially together, is getting almost scary. They seem to be clicking well together and appear to be almost unstoppable. We're glad we don't have to try to come up with a way to stop them.

Crosby's hat trick was only the second of his career and it sure wasn't boring. Sid's first goal was another amazing one to add to his rapidly growing highlight reel (see below). How many people could score that goal? Insane. And who would think an empty netter could be that exciting? Sid obviously knows how to do it. Scoring on his belly, stick outstretched, he managed to get that third goal for the hat trick. And then came the hats. We enjoyed the picture above, which if you notice, Sid has a hat on the end of stick.

Not to be too overshadowed, Geno is continuing his amazing play as well. He's stepped up his game to another level along with Crosby. Geno is looking a lot like Sidney Crosby in those little things he's doing. Settling down pucks, those slick stick handling skills, and his improving defensive play. These two are something special and the Pens are lucky to have them. And we're even more lucky to watch them night after night put on a show you won't see anywhere else. Tonight's example: Geno getting slammed into the boards only to get up and make a play by sliding on his belly (is there a pattern here?) to get the puck to Sid for his second goal. Fabulous.

Now that we're done drooling over Sid and Geno, Dany Sabourin had a pretty good night as well. If you noticed, Sabourin didn't have his new mask on last night, and went back to his old one. When asked later, he smiled and said you won't be seeing it again. Superstitious much?

We'd also be remiss if we didn't mention that the Pens seemed to play their most complete game in a long time. Most nights have been filled with playing 20 or 40 minutes, not 60. We'd say they played a good 60 minutes, or at least really close to it. The power play also had a goal, which is a step in the right direction.

The Penguins have re-assigned Janne Pesonen back to Wilkes-Barre.

For your viewing pleasure, Sid's hat trick:

The Pens will be heading out on the road with their next game being Wednesday against the Rangers at 7:08.

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