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Scribbles in my Notebook – Ottawa @ Pittsburgh

Posted By Michael Watts On Nov 26 2010 @ 1:45 pm In Pittsburgh Penguins | No Comments

Won’t be able to do this for every game, but I’ll have the time today.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center.  1:00 PM start.

-Flower is starting his 318th career game.  In his career he holds a GAA of 2.82 (regular season). This season, his GAA is 2.68.  His recent streak (6-0-1) has already made up for his season opening 1-6-0 stretch, and even has a better GAA than his career numbers.

-Malkin took to the first shot for the second line.  He has over 100 shots this season, netting just over 7%.  At times he lacks confidence with his shot, but in recent games he has not been afraid to shoot.  Malkin has taken 24 shots in the last 5 games.  The Pens need him to turn it up a notch…Crosby can’t score in EVERY game.

-LaClaire is in goal for the Sens today – he has had injury issues in the early going, but he has plenty of talent.  The former first round draft pick has played well historically in Pittsburgh, including last year’s playoff game where he stopped 50+ shots.

-Crosby almost scored on a phenomenal play.  He squeezed between two Sens defenders including Sergei Gonchar.  Gonchar tried to box out Crosby, but a diving attempt by Sid nearly put the Pens up.

-Letang almost cashed in the seventh minute of the first period.  Rebound with a yawning net, he almost put the Pens up.  Letang has 15 assists on the year, but also four goals.

-Alex Kovalev now has over 1000 points.  347 came with the Penguins.  He held a PP QB role, with well over 100 PP points with the Pens.  Kovalev is still on my team in NHL 2k5…

-Tyler Kennedy has been everywhere on the ice for the Penguins all season long. He is working on the third line right now with Connor and Letestu.  Plenty of talent on that line, I’d like to see more offense, because Letestu and Connor have been non-existent recently.  Connor is only playing in his eighth game of the season.

-Winchester scores first, rebound out front that got redirected right over a sprawled out Fluery.  Rupp and Lovejoy were between the circles, but no one marked Winchester in the crease, who was able to chip it in.  Pens 0, Sens 1

-The Pens don’t look all that slow, but SOG show a very different story.  After one period, Ottawa has 21 shots.  The 21 shots is the most allowed in a period by the Penguins all season.  Fleury is a great goaltender in the 30-35 shots per game range.  The most shots taken against MAF this season was 34 against Carolina last week (which went to a shootout).  He allowed four goals, although the Pens managed the win.

-Arron Asham played only four shifts in the first period, he was on the shift that allowed the first goal.  Kris Letang and Brooks Orpik played 9 shifts a piece, each earning nearly eight minutes of ice time.

-Two power play goals in two periods.  The Pens continued to play well on the PP.

-Fluery had a brilliant game.  As always he made some of the great saves, while the only goal came off a rebound.  There is no reason he should need to make 43 saves, including 20 in the first period, but he stayed strong and finished for his fifth consecutive win.  You almost don’t want to take him off the ice tomorrow.  After eight consecutive starts, and a back to back between today and tomorrow – it should be Brent Johnson in net tomorrow.

-It was great to see Malkin score, PP or not.  As much as people say he is having a slow start – he has 22 points in 23 games.  He is on pace for his annual 70-80 points.  More importantly, #71 was 5/7 on faceoffs, the best percentage on the team today.

-Crosby’s secondary assist on the Malkin goal moves his point streak to eleven games – the highest in the league.  Crosby now has 37 points.

-Alex Goligoski scored the winner tonight.  Goligoski has five goals on the year, three of which were game winners.

-Tonight’s scratches were Engelland, Comrie, and Godard.  Comrie has continue to surprise me with his lack of playing time.  He seemed destined to take a big role in the offense, but he has found himself at the end of the pine.

-11 PP shots for the Penguins tonight.  Sometimes it seems that the PP is only allowed to pass, not tonight.  Put the rubber on net with the man advantage, and you usually won’t be disappointed.  Both goals came on 5 on 4 advantages.

Next Up:

-Calgary Flames – Saturday 11/27 – Puck drops at 1:00 PM.  Calgary is coming off a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in a shootout.  The Flames are 3-5-2 in their last ten, it’s a game the Pens should win if they can come out strong.

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