The results are attached. Happy Birthday Charlie! — and my sister Sarah!
Quality chances, but Jon Quick was everywhere.
Malkin put out a hit on him.
MAF throws some dude’s stick to the boards.
Regardless, Fleury did not look sharp from the get-go.
The Kings’ top line was nuts. Kopitar gets his 20th scoring chance.
Malkin sips his Coke unimpressed in the press box.
At the end of the period, Craig Adams destroys some dude and knocks a pane of glass out.
A long delay to fix the glass doesn’t help us on the east coast. Period.
The beginning of the second period is still a blur.
Everyone was still recovering from Bob Errey’s Stick 101.
As was the case for most of the game, the Kings came out flying, and the Pens took a penalty.
Pens actually had a 2-on-1 shortie chance. Quick says eat me.
The Kings were still coming, but MAF was hanging tough.
After things get settled down, the puck goes behind the Pens’ net.
You can actually hear MAF directing traffic. Solid communication.
In turn, the Pens have a great breakout.
Candy snatches a loose puck and puts it on net. Koon city on the deflection. 2-1.
The Kings come right back, and the Pens are in trouble. Amidst all this, Eaton spies some dude in the stands trying to steal somebody’s wallet and hits him with the puck. Unfortunately, that’s a penalty. That’s Eaton’s first penalty in like 8 years. But the Pens buckle down and kill it.
The Pens were poised to make it 3-1, but Quick absolutely robs Chris Conner. Man.
We hope Conner scores before Bourque does.
Then shit got interesting. Letang gets jobbed with a high stick. Penalty.
Michal Handzus reminds you he’s still in the NHL and takes a shot on net after the whistle.
Kunitz abides to the code and steps in to job him.
The Pens came out of that with a PP, and they were making all the right moves.
With Kunitz in the box, Staal sees the first unit.
Staal makes a solid play that leads to Guerin getting robbed by Quick again. Period.
FSN did a feature about Scuds getting his ring from Burkle. Burkle’s shirt was illegally tight.
Quick kept the Kings from rolling over and dying.
Kopitar comes back and hits the post.
You just knew something was gonna happen.
It does. Kopitar. 2-2.
Kopitar gets the puck after a give-and-go with Smyth.
But Free Candy obliterates him.
Staal draws a penalty, and the Pens PP again looked like it was about to erupt.
But Quick probably robbed Guerin again or something. Killed.
3 seconds later, loose puck in front of MAF. 4-2.
The meltdown was complete when Crosby took some penalty.
They kill the ensuing powerplay, but the damage had been done.
Then Quick makes another dazzling save. It just wasn’t gonna happen.
- Kopitar is real.
- Hopefully Chris Bourque gets left in L.A.
- Chris Conner is holding his own. Fact.
- Kings dominated in faceoffs, 35-23.
It’s the third period and the score is 2-2, still a solid game, when the jumbotron goes to this Navy guy who was standing at center ice for the anthem. He’s the “Hero of the night”, guess they do this regularly with people in uniform. Can’t argue with giving the troops some love, and the announcer starts in with the bio of this Navy guy, he’s served in Iraq, his division, etc., and the cheering is building, the Navy guy is looking around soaking it up, and just as the whole emotional moment peaks…. the Navy guy whips out a “Let’s Go Pens” towel and starts waving it around. 18,360 people = stunned. A few seconds of silence and then boos rain down, mixed with a big cheer from the Pens fans in attendance. The jumbotron stays with the guy for at least 30 seconds as the announcer finishes his bit, and the Navy guy is just giving the towel to the camera the whole time. Outstanding. Definitely the Pensblog hero of the night.
Wes — Redlands, CA“