Sunday, January 22, 2006

Penguins 1 - Flyers 2: What else is new?

Ho-hum, another day, another loss for the Penguins.

Sir Sidney and the Penguins actually played well in the 2-1 loss. In 22:16 of ice time, Sidney finished with +1, 6 shots on goal, and 13 for 20 on face-offs (wow, has he suddenly become good at those). He didn't put up any points, mainly because Robert Esche decided to play his best game in 4 seasons.

Robert Esche put a groin strain behind him in a hurry Saturday.

Playing his first game in more than a month, the U.S. Olympic goalie made 32 saves to help the Philadelphia Flyers snap a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"My style is I'm not a guy who needs a whole lot of games," Esche said. "When I was a backup, I played one game a month or two games a month. You have to be ready. That's kind of how I always approached it. I learned to adjust to that."

Esche (12-4-2) made several challenging saves, stopping Sidney Crosby in the slot with the man-advantage toward the end of the first period and Sergei Gonchar on a wrist shot from his left with 4 minutes to play in the second.
Poor Penguins. Even when they play well, they can't win!

Full recap here.

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