Guaranteed if you know a guy named Clarke, he's an asshole. He probably borrows money and doesn't pay you back. He probably doesn't turn off his high beams when he sees you approaching from the other direction. Clarke MacArthur is no different probably. MacArthur scored the game-winner and only goal of the game right after James Neal deflected a puck off the crossbar.
The Pens were lucky to pull one out two nights ago, so we can't get greedy. If you're looking for something to take from this game, it's Brent Johnson's performance. Nice to see him back to his usual form after his extended stint on the bench.
Three big-time games coming on the road. This one was the start of the longest road trip for the rest of the season (4 games).
The Pens have not been getting any secondary scoring, and they will need someone to step up. Tyler Kennedy and Pascal Dupuis have all but disappeared.
Kind of meh feel to the start. TK had the first scoring chance when he hit the pipe.
Poop Sports™ was having issues with their signal, although since it's a road game, it could be blamed on the arena.
Pens had the first PP. But it didn't do much. Letang was out on the ice all 1:48 of that PP and with 12 seconds left he took a penalty. Kulemin went for a dive, and Letang went to the box. Michalek saved some goal. Paul Martin fed a sweet pass to Cooke for a breakaway, but Cooke really couldn't do all that much. Penalty Killed.
Luke Schenn and Malkin had a war going on for a while. As recent as last season, Malkin cross checks him and goes to the box. During this little battle, Malkin acted like Schenn didn't exist. Because he actually doesn't exist.
Later, Letang took a high stick in the face. He appeared upset about it.
Letang went a little nuts the rest of the game. It's kind of funny watching him in that mode. Every time he goes for a hit, there's a possibility he will brandish a knife and attack someone.
All four Pens lines were generating something in the first period. Disco may have finally found a reasonable concoction. Toward the end of the period, Martin had 43 chances to get it out of the zone but couldn't. It pinned the Pens back in their zone for a while. Lovejoy had to save some goal. Johnson had to make a huge save, as well.
Right away, the Pens had a goal called back when Kunitz kicked one in. Unofficial count has six Kunitz goals being disallowed.
The Leafs have a player actually named Mike Brown. He was on the warpath in Pittsburgh and was doing more shit in this one. He was the living definition of a charging penalty when he went after Cooke, but Cooke dodged it. Brown was all jammed up and wanted to be Cooke's huckleberry. Cooke slashed him and peaced
Letang was in emo mode. Malkin went to the box for holding. Michalek Island cleaned up the shores, jobbing Lupul. Really boring game through two periods. Bodies were starting to bang toward the end of the second, though.
Pens got a powerplay when Grabovski tripped Park. Letang kept every puck in. The powerplay was solid, but couldn't cash in.
Snore. Waiting for the refs to make up the penalty call on the Pens. And they did. Letang slashed Grabovski. Pens killed the penalty.
Then, finally, a goal was scored. James Neal redirected a puck, and it hit the crossbar. Toronto took the puck. Two moves later, MacArthur snuck in unnoticed and beat Johnson. 1-0. At least Grabovski was excited:
what an idiot
Pens couldn't get another quality chance. There was a borderline offside call when Vitale took a pass entering the zone. The whistle blew, then Colby Armstrong decided to give Vitale a bump like 5 seconds after the play. That's what $3 million buys you.
Pens pulled Johnny. Game.
Dustin Jeffrey had an amazing chance somewhere.
Pens couldn't hit the net all game.
Reader RupePsu tracked the notable ROOT sports mistakes:
ROOT gets caught offguard at the start of the game: they never show the teams line up for the opening faceoff and show a title screen over the audio of the game's first 10 seconds.
– The ROOT feed brokeup several times once they decided to actually show the game. I'm willing to give them a pass on that one, citing international difficulties. The games in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver came in fine, so maybe Brian Burke was in the control room pulling cables.
– WTF was with ROOT running a spot for the POSTAL SERVICE? Trying to selling pens fans on the virtues of using the MAIL?!? Tough times for Cliff Clavin. Or ROOT is really hard up for sponsors. "Next time you're thirsty, try a glass of water! From the tap!!"
– Steiggy said "splash around Brown" in the 3rd; vaugely amusing
– What is the over/under on how long it took Scott Blasey to write that piece of shit song for Toyota (including musical arrangement)? 8 minutes? Why do they beat these commercials into the ground? They must offer volume discounts at the 5x per game frequency.
tell me who are you
that i put my trust into
life is all about the ride
– Uh oh. Don't look now, but that "Great Day for Hockey" commercial might be the next INTO THE SUUUUUUN.
They managed to show this game without defecating on themselves as much as usual. Still, these telecasts aren't as well produced as the videos we made in 11th grade telecommunications class.