Greetings, Pens fans.
So what if the Vancouver Canucks were at the end of a lengthy road trip Wednesday at Consol Energy Center? The fact of the matter is, a lot of positive things took place tonight for the Penguins.
– The Penguins’ penalty killing unit was perfect tonight and produced Max Talbot’s shorthanded goal. While the power play continues to struggle, it can’t be dismissed that, under Dan Bylsma, the Penguins’ penalty killing has been terrific.
– Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 of 30 shots, had the crowd chanting his name in the third period and again looked like a goaltender who has found himself. This is the most encouraging of developments for the Penguins.
– OK, there were some bad things about this game. Every now and then, stats pop out on you. Against the Canucks, Evgeni Malkin was 0-for-8 on faceoffs. Craig Adams was 0-for-7. Ouch.
– Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault didn’t go out of his way to praise the Penguins, instead showing his displeasure with the Canucks after the game. Here’s what he had to say: “I think we had an opportunity tonight with a win in this building to make this a real good road trip. We come out of it at .500, so we should have been able to do better.”
– This wasn’t an overly exciting game, but there was one exciting moment. Seeing Sidney Crosby on a lengthy breakaway against Roberto Luongo – with the crowd on its feet – was great stuff.
Until next time, you stay classy, Pittsburgh.
– Josh Yohe