Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Penguins 4 - Predators 1: Rollin'

The Penguins dusted themselves off after a tough OT loss to the Habs and defeated a great Nashville team by a 4-1 score. More and more, the Penguins are looking like a legit playoff team and playing tighter hockey.

If only those pesky Leafs would start losing... :(

It was just another night at the office for Sidney as he put up 2 assists, 4 shots on goal, and +2 in 22:30 of ice time.

Game recap from Yahoo! Sports:
The Pittsburgh Penguins were eager to take on the Nashville Predators and see how they matched up against the NHL's top team. If they keep playing like this, opponents might have to start comparing themselves to the new-and-very-improved Penguins.

Mark Recchi scored and set up rookie Evgeni Malkin for the go-ahead goal, and the Penguins beat the Predators 4-1 Tuesday night behind another strong game by goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

Fleury, who hasn't lost in regulation in 10 games since Jan. 9, turned aside 25 shots as the Penguins won their ninth in 11 games, with two overtime losses. Pittsburgh is the NHL's most improved team with a 27-17-9 record and 63 points -- 29 points more than they had at this time last season.

"We know they're first overall, but we talked about how we've had better numbers than them in the second half," Recchi said. "If we go play our game, we knew we were going to make it tough on them because we felt we could match up speed-wise with them."

Sidney, modest as always...
Despite beating a team as good as Nashville, Crosby isn't ready to say the Penguins are moving into the company of the NHL's top teams. At least not yet.

"I didn't think you can judge it off one game," he said. "We've been playing well lately, we've been on a roll, so we have to keep doing things the way we've been doing them. We're playing from the goalie out every night, and we have to keep it that way."

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