Sunday, October 11, 2009

Pens beat Leafs 5-2

The Pens went into Toronto last night with a less than stellar record when playing at the Air Canada Centre. Their last win there came in 2007 and we all remember the loss on February 14th that was Michel Therrien's last game as the Penguins' head coach. For some reason the not-so-great Maple Leafs had had the Pens' number in the past, but not last night.

The Pens would score five goals, three on the power play, to beat the Leafs 5-2 in their house. The Leafs tried to play tough but it wasn't going to work on the Pens who can play physical but not fall into that trap. The Pens capitalized on their power play chances by scoring on three out of four, not counting a fifth at the very end of the game in which Eric Godard was on the ice. The Pens outworked the Leafs and did not take stupid penalties like they had done in games past. Sidney Crosby had two power play goals and Geno picked up three points to lead the Pens to victory.

- Matt Cooke had his 100th career goal last night that made the game 1-0. Congrats!

- Marc-Andre Fleury is now 4-0 to start the season.

- The Pens sure made the Leafs look bad. The Leafs aren't the best team in the league, we all know that, but they looked pretty horrible and that definitely includes Vesa Toskala.

- Sid and Geno look great to start the season. We also like the Cooke, Staal, Kennedy line. Geno and Staal also look like they could be good on a line together every so often.

- Alex Goligoski looks like he's been playing with the Pens for years. He's been strong in these first few games.

- What do people have against Kris Letang? He gets bit by Scott Hartnell and then Rosehill decides to spear him in this game. What did Letang do to deserve this treatment?

- The refs calling that spear on Letang a high stick was a horrible decision, especially since they were right there. Ridiculous. It was nice to see Billy Guerin come in and defend his teammate as well.

- The way the Pens were controlling the puck on the power play was pretty incredible. Again, the Leafs aren't exactly great, but many times last season the Pens couldn't get anything going on the power play against anyone. It looks promising.

- Geno's English is pretty stellar these days:

Marc-Andre Fleury and Max Talbot had a little fun after the game:

Talbot was in town for the team dinner at the Hockey Hall of Fame and said he would be returning to Pittsburgh tomorrow.

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