Sunday, October 4, 2009

Heeeeeeee shoots and scores

So far it's been a good weekend. Pens won against the Rangers 3-2 on Friday, a good way to kick off the season for them, and on Saturday against Billy G's former team, the NY Islanders in a 4-3 SO win.

At some point we take note that the Pens are defending last year's championship season and then it's shown that Pens > Islanders in all aspects when it comes to Lord Stanley's Cup.


It's mentioned that Dan Potash's name should be on the cup. We fully support that notion here at SoCal Black 'N gold.

Just want to comment on a few things from the Isles' game.

The hit on Feds might have been clean, but it was still big and I'm not surprised to see our guys stand up for him. Malkin kind of brushed by to show his discontent since he is not really a fighter, nor is Pascal but he got in there a little bit. One of my fav newbies to the team, Jay McKee, really stepped up and showed his support by dropping the gloves. Paul and Bob tell us McKee is out for the rest of the game with an instigator penalty. Fail. Turns out he only got slapped with a 10 minute misconduct which is good for us because we were committing a TON of penalties in this game, consecutively right after another which was killing us. No wonder Tavares scored, they had about 3 or 4 Power Plays in a row. At one point it was 5 on 3 because McKee was serving his misconduct, Billy G stepped into the penalty box to serve for McKee, and Rupp and Malkin were already in there.

Third period we got our shit together and played really well. It would have been awesome if Brooksie had got that goal, but it's ok, we still love him. We came out and played more aggressive in the third period and I was really pleased with the effort put forth. Mark Eaton's goal was sweet. Too bad it was short-lived as the Islanders got one past Fleury to take the lead once more. I will say that throughout the entire game, MAF played like a champion. We already know he is one, but he was making crazy saves as if it were the playoffs. Chill MAF, you do know this is only the second game of the season and that it's against the Islanders, right? Still, it's nice to see that level of commitment regardless.

I thought Kris played exceptionally well. Alex was really sloppy during one of his shifts and I was about ready to scream at the tv for Danny Balls to get Tangers in there to save us all. Luckily for Goligoski, others like Billy G came to his rescue and steered the puck away. I don't know the totals for the night, but I'm sure Kris had a decent amount of blocked shots and he was getting fiesty towards the end of the game. I liked it. He had a nice hit on someone too. Hopefully we'll get to see more of that this season. I know he wasn't big on hitting guys last year because of his shoulder.

Islanders get a PP with a little over two minutes to go and you're just like fffffffff. We hold on for OT. No one scores. It's time for a shootout. MAF totally denies two attempts, one of them coming from the new Crosby, Tavares. Kris comes up with a big score and Sid buries in in the back for the win.

It's a good day to be a Pens fan.

We still have the Steelers/Chargers game later today and I'm really hoping we don't go on a three-game losing streak. We know Troy is still out, making this week four of his knee rehab and now Willie Parker has turf toe. We brought Isaac Redman up from the practice squad so look for him to make some big plays. Sad news is that the Steelers released Nick Eason. I really liked Nick Eason so this kind of came as a surprise to me. I found out via the Steeler's official facebook page. Lame. We have to play better and win today, if only so that I can have a pleasant day at work Monday. Bad thing about living in San Diego is all of the bandwagon Charger fans who give you shit at work all week.

Pens have already done their part to make this weekend a great, please don't let me down Steelers. Almost game time. Here we go, Steelers, here we go!

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