-- can someone please explain to me why Michel Ouellet, the slowest Penguins skater and weakest forward on defense has 4-5 shifts with less than 5 minutes to play in 3rd period and into OT?
That was his guy that scored the 3rd goal. Offensively he played a good game and it's been made clear that they want to see if these young wingers are keepers are not. I agree with you , but I understand why they play whenever they can. Sheltering a 23 year old wont tell you anything about his character, We already know what Petro is about, he wont be traded.
-- good game by Christensen, Malkin and Armstrong.
Not so much EC, I did'nt see the effort on the forecheck. He kind of tapped at a few pucks but did'nt skate hard for them in the corners like a good winger can. I am not convinced that he will thrive as an NHL winger.
-- What did Crosby do to deserve Recchi and Malone as his wingers?
If you and I where his wingers we would have looked good last night. Malone made some decent passes but I was otherwise unimpressed, Recchi got some good shots away, he played well in his own end too.
-- I'm becoming less and less enamored with Dominic Moore's intellect as a hockey player. He takes his hand off his stick to hold a player way too often for my liking and just doesn't have the physical strength to be a quality third line center in this league.
I thought he got back to his former self in this one, he has his temper under controll and he was sharp on the PK. I think he is a great "new NHL" style center.
-- good effort by Slow Joe to be more physical, he was still dropping bombs on his passes.
I agree, great in his own end tonight but he did'nt move the puck with alot of confidence.
-- Ryan Whitney scores a goal, he must be a great defenseman.
It's an uncommon gift to read the play and join in like that. He does it 2-4 times a game without hurting his team defensively and it goes unnoticed. That time he cashed in for a HUGE goal. What a gamer that kid is.
-- Fleury needed to be more aggressive on the third ATL goal. You just can't allow that pass from the corner of your crease to happen.
He seen the guy comming down the slot and wanted to be prepared to move out to make the save. He did'nt expect the old bank the puck off the goalie pass. Live and learn, but if that late guy was picked up my Ouellet he does'nt need to cheat.
-- Isn't it a great thing to have a RH shooter on the power-play with Micki Dupont and brilliant move to finally start using Malone and Armstrong in front of the goalie. At some point, I'd like to see Malkin be presented with the opportunity to play at the right-point on the power-play and not Gonchar. Gonchar has a slap shot and one-timer that misses the net more than it goes in.
Yes it is, now if only they can find a righty shot with an actual shot, we will be in business.