This Game as a Gif
We’re in the middle of January now. From here to the trade deadline are the dog days of winter. We have no stats to back this up, but we feel this to be the most important stretch of any NHL season. It’s basically like saying a true judgment of character is what you do when no one’s watching. Carolina has a couple of games in hand, but they are no joke. Pens and Flyers play probably 10 times between now and mid-April. You can see the standings; what a logjam.
For the game itself, what else would you expect from a regular-season game in Carolina?
Although Carolina seems to have sucked forever now, they always give the Penguins a game.
Going into the game, there was a 100% chance that Eric Staal was gonna score, and he did. The Canes also got a goal off a horseshit deflection that snuck in OVERTOP of MAF. Kris Letang scored on the 2009 Caps Overtime Goal Play to make it 2-1. That all happened in the second period.
After Kevin Porter dumped the puck in for the 15th time, we decided to look up some great moments in Carolina history:
Then came the third period. The Pens tied it.
And then came the 3-on-3 OT, and this tweet sums up the buildup to the OT nicely:
3 ON 3 OT pic.twitter.com/UFJHGSI7tT
— Eric P. (@emanatee) January 13, 2016
Jordan Staal ruined the OT by having Malkin hook him behind the net.
The ref said “Malkin” when assessing the penalty. Then went to the number:
Chris Kunitz scored his monthly goal, so people can pretend he is good again. ROOT Sports should make a tribute video for every time he scores.
Two predictions for David Perron in 2016:
1. Mike Sullivan tries to kill him.
2. He signs with some bullshit team over the summer and scores 25 goals next season.
He might be one of the most miserable players we’ve seen in a Penguins uniform in a long, long time.
Do us a favor. Get every advanced stat you have that tells you the Penguins are “fine defensively.” Print them out, roll the papers up real tight, walk to your garage, get in your car, start it, and then sit there and die.
The Penguins defense is ugly. They get beat in transition, they struggle to get pucks out, etc. Ben Lovejoy continues to play 17+ minutes a night.
The state of the defense is going to cause Jim Rutherford to make a panic move. Just wait; it’s coming.