Thursday, October 11, 2007

Pens v Habs (L 2-3)

Well, despite the loss, we can take comfort in the fact that the Pens actually showed up for all 3 periods this time. And it definitely wasn't all bad: Mark Eaton was laying his life on the line again. Mark-Andre Fleury was flopping around like a fish out of water. Mark Recchi had two assists. Andrei Kostitsyn lost some teeth when his world was rocked by a joint effort of simultaneous hits from Gary Roberts and Brooks Orpik. Sid looked amazing (again) but was unable to get anything past the net minder (again). The best highlight of the night came when Maxime Talbot was able to capitalize on a BEAUTIFUL blind pass from Evgeni Malkin from behind the net.

But it was a loss, and for all the good things that happened, there was some really bad stuff going on, too. There was a heart-stopping moment when Sidney hit the boards at full speed after losing his footing. (Thankfully, though, he seemed no worse for wear afterwards, despite the fact that even I felt the impact of that hit and I'm 90 miles away from Pittsburgh.) Carey Price is going to be one to watch. He made some beautiful saves, and made it look easy. I suppose, if you're a Habs fan, that's a good thing, but this isn't The Saku Koivu Show, so here, that's a bad thing. And curiously, Jordan Staal has yet to make his presence felt.

Someone needs to tell Komisarek that he's not supposed to do that.

The most upsetting thing that happened was that a key penalty wasn't called (see photo below). Malkin was tripped on a breakaway towards the goal. No penalty was called. Had it been, it would have resulted in a penalty shot, and then we're talking overtime and probably a "PENS WIN!" in the first paragraph.

Is that Komisarek again? That guy needs a time-out.

One last look at the bright side as I close for the day: Sid got another point. It is described on (of all places)
The first goal Price allowed wasn't a soft one. [Ryan] Whitney picked up a loose puck in front of the net while on the power play. Crosby had gone right at Price, skating from behind the goal line to the left of Price seven minutes into the second period. Recchi tried to jam the puck home, and Crosby was pushed by Montreal defenseman Roman Hamerlik into Price, who fell over, leaving an open net for Whitney.

"I know that Crosby got pushed but he never made an effort to go away from the blue paint," [Montreal Head Coach Guy]Carbonneau said. "They really interfered with our goalie."
Okay, Carbonneau, but what do you think about that Komisarek-tripping-Malkin incident not being called? Yeah, that's what I thought.


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