Five biggest talking points from this game:
1. What will it be like for the Penguins when Malkin starts filling the net? He is snake-bitten a bit, but based on his career stats he starts picking it up in November.
2. Columbus isn't terrible. They just aren't ready to play with the big boys yet.
3. It is early, but if the playoffs started today, the Pens would be dancing with Montreal in the first round. If the Metro keeps going as it has been, the Pens will likely be facing an Atlantic team in the first round. Something to keep in mind.
4. Deryk Engelland has as many goals playing forward as Eric Tangradi did. Most people get jammed about seeing Engelland score. It is hilarious when players drop their balls on the haters. We'll be the first to admit we didn't know what to make of Engelland moving up to wing, so we've put on hard hats waiting for his balls.
When a guy who plays eight minutes is the number-one star, that basically tells you about the game.
5. All of a sudden, the Pens have won four straight, taking 6 of those points in the Metro and not giving any away, either.
Great atmosphere in Nationwide Arena. It could’ve been bumped up another level if the teams exchanged quick goals early or something. Instead, the Pens were peppering the McElhinney, while the Pens were keeping Zatkoff insulated from any Columbus pressure.
Not much to write on a blog about.
This may have been the biggest thing to happen during the first:
STAT OF THE PERIOD
Snorrreee….Own goal. 2-0.
Empty net. 3-0.
— Zatkoff gets credit for the shutout, but we're giving half of it to the Pens' play in their defensive zone. Pens will be in good shape if they can play like in front of him all the time. Maatta with 4 blocks.
— Still paging Pascal Dupuis. Pens are winning without production from the usual suspects, so it's not really an issue yet.
— Megna is probably another goal away from him and Bennett going into a steel cage for the right to play with Malkin, at least until Neal comes back. It's getting harder and harder to imagine Jokinen leaving Malkin's side.
— Pens only have two games this week.