Thursday, March 30, 2006

Penguins 3 - Panthers 5: A Pointless Game for Sid

The Panthers defeated the Penguins 5-3 in a game between two teams that will be golfing together in about a month's time.

The Panthers aren't going into the night quietly, however. This win is their 7th straight and players such as Olli Jokinen and Jozef Stumpel have been on fire as of late. If only they played like this earlier in the year...

John LeClair scored his 400th NHL goal Wednesday night at Mellon Arena, but the Pittsburgh Penguins dropped a 5-3 decision to the Florida Panthers.

Chris Gratton scored 2:09 into the contest when he one-time a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury for a 1-0 Florida lead.

Nathan Horton made it a 2-0 Panthers lead with 3:41 left in the period. He wristed a power-play goal past Fleury.

The Panthers made it 3-0 just 23 seconds into the second period when he slammed in a rebound.

Rostislav Olesz slid a puck through Fleury’s legpads with 9:26 on the clock for a 4-0 Florida advantage.

Fleury was pulled for Sebastien Caron after Olesz’ goal. Fleury stopped just 13 of the 17 shots he faced. Florida goalie Roberto Luongo made 31 saves to earn the win and was especially sharp.

“Marc had a bad game. When your goalie doesn’t play well, it’s really tough to win, not just for us, but all the teams. [Therrien's comments]

“Luongo, I thought he was outstanding. I thought [Sidney] Crosby could have had three or four goals tonight. He’s a quality goalie.”

Sidney could have had 3 or 4 goals, but how many did he actually get?

0! That's right, a big fat donut that Homer Simpson would have trouble eating.

In 20:18 of ice time, Sidney was pointless with 7 shots on goal and a damn awful -3. He was 7 for 21 on faceoffs, which is one of the worst outputs of the season for him.

Full game recap here.

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