Really bizarre game. The Blue Jackets aren't as bad as the game seemed, but, really, try telling anyone that the Metro Division isn't the worst in hockey, and maybe all of organized sports, right now:
Regardless of that, you can't take away Marc-Andre Fleury's performance. He stole the game. The Blue Jackets had unlimited chances, and the Penguins’ offense basically hit four solo homers.
Three big questions right now:
1. Do you start Fleury tonight?
2. Can the Penguins clinch the division before New Year’s Eve?
3. Should Ray Emery be arrested?
Next game in 8 minutes.
Malkin was on the ice with Vitale for some reason. Malkin put on the ritz and basically beat every Jacket except for Bobrovsky. Vitale should have been open for a pass, but he was still getting up after tripping over the blue line.
Malkin’s work on that earned the Pens a PP. Pens scored before they even set up. Kunitz deflects a Martin slapper. 1-0.
Next time Malkin was on the ice, Deryk Engelland was his linemate. Think about that. Think about it. Crosby-Kunitz-Dupuis were getting a lot of rushes, but things would fall apart once they gained the blue line.
What really happened? Tanner Glass with a great stick-lift.
well now we see why the Americans framed Varlamov instead of Bobrovsky
— Anthrax Jones (@AnthraxJones) November 2, 2013
Megna saw some more time with Malkin, and the Pens saw another red light go on. Megnatron. Great pass from Jokinen. 4-0.
After the period ended, Niskanen and some guy got in a fight. Niskanen almost smashed his head off the ice.
Nothing really else happened for the rest of the third. Columbus is a weird team.
The Jackets scored, and just listen to Paul Steigerwald:
FYI if you are going to the Blue Jackets game tonight…
— The arena district is awesome. If you haven't been there, it is what CONSOL should be.
— Official reccommendation on a place to eat: Thurman Cafe.
At most 15 minutes from the arena. Burgers bigger than life.