Big "home" win

Oct. 21, 2007

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In front of a healthy Pittsburgh following, the Penguins won at Washington, 2-1.

PREGAME

-The "white-out" the Capitals tried looks like it wasn't very successful. There's some white, but there's a lot of black speckled through out the crowd.

-The Capitals are wearing white as well which means the Penguins will be wearing their black home jerseys.

-Ryan Malone looks as if he just woke up while being interviewed by Dan Potash.

-A highlight from last season showing Michel Ouellet getting stoned by Ray Emery makes us laugh.

FIRST PERIOD

19:20: We see that Georges Laraque is back in the lineup and Erik Christensen is scratched. The Penguins better hope this game doesn't come down to a shootout.



Michael Nylander decapitates Marc-Andre Fleury.


18:45: Michael Nylander runs Marc-Andre Fleury over and goes to the box for goaltender interference.

17:27: On the power play, Sergei Gonchar and Sidney Crosby pass the puck back and forth and the Capitals fans alternate between "woop, woop" chants for Gonchar to boos for Crosby. Anytime a former Capital returns to Washington, he is greeted with the "woops."

14:06: Washington coach Glen Hanlon looks like Skeletor.

11:20: Bob Errey has arguably the smoothest segue way in the history of television between two subjects that have nothing to do with each other. While talking about Pitt football Errey says, "It certainly was a big win over Cincy, but Viktor Kozlov, he gives them the ability to play with Ovechkin."

10:41: Errey informs us that Brent Johnson's dad, Bob Johnson, was a member of the Penguins in 1974-75. And no, he's not that Bob Johnson.

7:07: Jordan Staal kicks his left leg out and blocks a point shot by Tom Poti.

6:15: Nylander sends a pass to the point and Brian Pothier bombs a one-timer that finds its way through traffic and past Fleury. Capitals 1-0.

4:28: Anytime Alexander Oveckin has the puck with speed, we hold our breath. Ovechkin comes flying into the zone and sends a laser on net. Fleury makes the save.

1:49: The Penguins get their best scoring opportunity of the game to this point as Evgeni Malkin leaves a drop pass for Staal who snaps a wrister on net but Johnson makes the save with his blocker.

0:00: End of period. Capitals 1, Penguins 0.

SECOND INTERMISSION

-Dan Potash said there was a time when people would check box scores to see what Mario Lemieux or Wayne Gretzky did. Speak for yourself Dan. We only checked box scores to see what Peter Ahola did.

-Donald Brashear is shown loading luggage onto an airplane. Chief Elgin not impressed.

SECOND PERIOD

18:10: Already on a penalty kill, Shaone Morrison takes a boarding penalty and the Penguins get a two-man advantage.

17:10: Gary Roberts holds up Brooks Laich in the corner and appears to get away with an interference call.

16:10: The Capitals kill Morrisonn's penalty and avoid giving up a goal despite being down two men.

16:02: We have a Jordan Staal sighting. Mark Recchi throws the puck into the crease from thee right corner. The rebound kicks out to Staal who immediately fires it back on net. The puck hits Johnson and bounces in for a goal. As Staal puts his arms up to celebrate, Morrisonn pops him in the face with his forearm. No penalty. Capitals 1, Penguins 1.

13:29: Rob Scuderi plays the puck and we still think he's Noah Welch. We're still having trouble seeing Scuderi wearing No. 4.

12:47: Colby Armstrong comes in alone on net with the puck. He tries to go five hole, but Johnson isn't having any of it.

4:51: Nicklas Backstrom snaps a one-timer on net. Fleury gets a piece of it with glove and the puck trickles towards the net but bounces off the post. Mark Eaton dives and shoves the puck out of the crease with his glove.

2:51: Sidney Crosby attacks the net and fires a back-hander that Johnson saves. As Crosby skates behind the net, he gets clipped in the face by Mike Green's stick. Green gets two minutes for high-sticking.

2:02: Crosby sends a cross-ice pass to Ryan Whitney who burns Johnson with a wrist-shot from the left faceoff circle. It is Whitney's 100th career point. Penguins 2-1.

0:00: End of period. Penguins 2, Capitals 1.

SECOND INTERMISSION

-Did Trenni Kusnierek just call Manny Fernandez "Emmanuel?" If so, awesome.

-A shot of the crowd shows roughly 15 Penguins fans to one Capitals fan.

THIRD PERIOD

17:28: A heavyweight battle ensues as Georges Laraque and Donald Brashear dance. After some hesitation the two lock up and immediately Laraque controls the fight peppering Brashear with punches. Laraque could've put the fight away, but showed restraint when Brashear fell to his knees twice. Brashear is able to recover and lands two big lefts and the two fall to the ice.

(Kudos to Postgame Heroes for spotting the video.)

14:42: Crosby tries a spin-o-rama and gets thumped to the ice by Ovechkin.

13:39: Jordan Staal gets into a fight?!? He gets into it with Matt Pettinger but it's not exactly Brashear-Laraque. The two mostly wrestle each other and barely a punch is thrown. Replays show Pettinger was the one who instigated it. As The Pensblog aptly pointed out, Pettinger probably could've gotten an instigator penalty.

10:04: Shorthanded, Maxime Talbot comes down the left side on a two-on-one. He snaps a quick shot off that Johnson saves. The rebound kicks out into the crease to Armstrong. He fires a shot but Johnson makes a brilliant toe save.

5:33: Recchi makes a nice pass to Malkin who has an opportunity to finish this game. Before he can get a clean shot off though, Ovechkin makes a fantastic play on the backcheck and steals the puck.

5:27: Recchi returns the favor as he dives to break up a cross-ice pass from Ovechkin to Green.

2:35: The puck goes out of play and we get our first stoppage of play since 9:17. While there hasn't been any scoring, this may be the most exciting period of hockey involving the Penguins all season.

1:46: Ovechkin comes across the crease with the puck. He works his way through three Penguins and sends a gentle shot on net that trickles into the crease. Chris Clark tries to poke the puck into the net, but can't reach it. A sprawling Fleury gloves the loose puck.

1:10: Johnson leaves the net for an extra attacker.

0:15: Ovechkin gets the last quality chance for the Capitals as he blasts a slapper from the point. Fleury easily eats it up.

0:00: End of game. Penguins 2, Capitals 1.

POSTGAME

-Mark-Andre Fleury made a statement by making 30 saves in a one-goal game.

-Mark Eaton blocked five shots.

-He didn't show up on the score sheet, but Ovechkin played a marvelous defensive game. He was constantly back-checking.

-Dave Molinari's recap.

-Marc-Andre Fleury might have trouble hooking up your stereo. (That was a really lame attempt at saying he's not technically proficient. Sorry.)

-Game summary.

-Event summary.

-Highlights.

WE HATE THE NEW JERSEYS

-Detroit enforcer Aaron Downey had his Reebok Edge-Super-Duper-Mega-Ultra-Awesome-Humungo-Women-Will-Want-You Uniform System jersey ripped in a fight with San Jose's Kyle McLaren last week:

-A reader at Friday's game against Carolina said Sidney Crosby wasn't the only one who appeared to have sweating issues:

"To add to some more wonder about that 'sweat' problem dealing with the new jerseys, Carolina's Erik Cole changed his gloves at least twice during Fridays game. I was at the game down near the Canes tunnel, and at least twice, Cole took his gloves over and someone handed him new gloves from the locker room." -- Jenn, North Huntingdon

EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS

Penguins

-Petr Sykora's happy to be playing with Sidney Crosby.

-They speak different languages in other countries.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins smashed Bridgeport, 6-1, Saturday. Jeff Taffe scored a hat trick.

Atlantic Division

-Check out this sick save by Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on made against Bruins forward Marc Savard Saturday. The Bruins won the game, 1-0, in a shootout.

-Rangers forward Martin Straka, a former Penguin, broke a finger after blocking a shot by Boston's Zdeno Chara.

-A goal by Bill Guerin with four seconds left in overtime gave the Islanders a 4-3 win against New Jersey Saturday.

Northeast Division

-Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette says Canadiens forward Alexei Kovalev showed guts for questioning head coach Guy Carboneau.

-Senators goaltender Ray Emery got his first start of the season and beat Florida, 4-1, Saturday.

Southeast Division

-Alexander Ovechkin is getting sick of Sidney Crosby.

-Who says soccer isn't a tough sport? Hurricanes forward Erik Cole injured his foot by playing a pick-up soccer game prior to a 3-2 overtime loss in Philadelphia Saturday. He will be out of the line-up indefinitely.

-In the loss to Ottawa, Panthers forward David Boothe was removed on a stretcher after a it from behind by Senators defenseman Anton Volchenkov. Volchenkov was kicked out the game for the hit.

-Panthers defenseman Noah Welch, a former Penguin, injured his shoulder after getting into a fight with Montreal's Tom Kostopoulos, another former Penguin, last week.

-The Thrashers got back on track and were smashed, 6-2, by the Lightning Saturday.

Central Division

-Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire, who was a disappointment last season, recorded his league-leading third shutout in only his fourth start of the season in a 3-0 defeat of Buffalo Friday.

-The Blues have already made more money this season from ticket sales than they did last season.

Pacific Division

-Jeremy Roenick scored the 498th goal of his career as the Sharks beat Nashville, 3-0, Saturday.



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