I didn't expect much coming into this game with the roster being predominantly players from the Baby Pens but man was I wrong. Even none of the AHLers managed to get a point they were busting their ass to win this game. Pesonen was playing like I've never seen him play before in the NHL, Bill Thomas was in there fighting for the puck, Chris Minard had a puck almost go in before being swetp aside, Biznasty kicked some ass in the first period. The only pressing concern coming out of this game is what is the health status of Brooks Orpik who didn't return after the first period.
Most of the period was a lot of dump and chase by the Penguins and shots from the redline by the Ducks. Fleury had to play alot more pucks than I would have like to have seen but that's to be expected with the type of 1-2-2 defense the Penguins are playing now. With 4 minutes left Biznasty decides to take care of business and Nathan McIver.
With the time ticking down Cooke gives Giguere the wrap around and buries one. End of the first 1-0 Pens.
It doesn't take long but Cookie catches Giguere out to lunch and back hands one in. Will Cooke get that elusive first Hat Trick tonight? Hal Gill gets calle dfor roughing trying to protect himself, Ducks go on the PowerPlay Bobby Ryan finds Ryan Getzlaf and he puts in a good one. GoGo gets a holding call goes to the box puting the Duckies on the PP with 1:01 left in the frame. Period over 2-1 Penguins.
Pens come out kill the rest of the Go Go penalty. Pens go on the PowerPlay after Getzlaf gets called for hooking. The Penguins crash the net hard during the PP but come up empty, they continue to pressure the Ducks in the zone until Geno has to pick himself off the ice to get to the bench and the Pens get called for too many men on the ice. Ducks go on the PP again, Pens kill it and go back to work. The Pens continue to attack the zone Minard gets a breakaway and flips one up that sits on the crease before it gets swept aside on the ensuing faceoff the U.S.S. Hal Gill put one in the back of the net for his first goal of the season. So far I am overly impressed with the play of the Baby Pens playing in this game especially Janne Pesonen who looks like someone lit a fire under his ass. The Ducks pull the goalie and the Pens goto work trying to get Matt Cooke the Hat Trick no dice. Game over 3-1 Pens Victory After the clock struck 12 some jabroni jumps Geno and lays his fat ass on top of Malkin so he can't get up.