RECAP: May the wind be at your back. PENS WIN.

 

That's more like it.  The Pens' scorers were scoring goals.  MAF was making ten-bell saves.  It has to be said that Florida basically didn't even show up for this game.  Their place in the standings says they're better than what they showed last night.  But maybe the Pens simply have their number. All of that talk is moot, though.  The Pens are finally back in the win column.  The Pens could've beaten Mt. Lebanon's JV team last night, and it wouldn't have dimmed the boost that this win will most likely bring.

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No one will challenge Malkin getting the first-star nod for this game, but the difference-maker last night was Marc-Andre Fleury.  There were a couple times when a Florida goal could've started an avalanche of depression, but MAF was making saves point-blank at key moments.

  • Paul Martin had the Internet on his stick when he had that puck in the high slot in the second period.  Probably the first time in the past 7 games where you stood up in anticipation of the shot.
  • Matt Cooke.  Yikes.  He changed his game out of necessity, and it's depleted his impact.
  • Malkin has been everywhere. He finally got a lucky bounce late in the first as he banked one off of Clemmensen.

Double Stunned via @The6000LE

  • Eric Tangradi fell.
  • If and when this team gets fully healthy, a secret lies with Richard Park.  
  • Brooks Orpik is probably playing the best hockey of his career right now. Huge hits, and he also made a sick pass to TK for the third goal.
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