(I don't know where I stole this from but it is hilarious none the less)
The stage was set. All the hype and vitriole that the Boston media had inundated their fans with over the last 11 days was finally ready to boil over. The Pens and Bruins faced off last night in what was anticipated to be a game full of fights, cheap shots, and general goonery.
Did it live up to the hype? Not really.
The Pens skated out on the ice to a rain of boos from the partisan home Boston crowd and you got the feeling that it was going to get ugly real quick. The puck dropped and there it....wait a minute. Nothing happened. Oh, Cooke isn't on the ice yet. Ok, here he comes for his first shift and...
There it is. That's what we were all waiting for. He was on the ice no more than 2 seconds after the face off when Thornton drops the gloves and they go. I'm not going to lie and say it was a good fight. It wasn't. Cooke was beaten down and even after the refs jumped in to break it up, Thornton continued to pound on him. He was no worse for the wear however and they both went to the box without so much as a whimper. The crowd was elated at the fact that their enforcer finally exacted the revenge they have all been longing for and the frenzy was intense. Short lived, but intense nonetheless.
That was about it. Kennedy scored making it 1-0 after the Pens stupidly took a Too Many Men penalty. The first 6-7 minutes of the second period saw the Pens on a powerplay...well not a powerplay literally, it is just Boston couldn't get the puck out of their zone and Pittsburgh dug in for a session of target practice. Ponikarovsky scored the second goal for the Pens in the second and Michael Rupp scored the third goal in the third. Final score 3-0, Penguins. Finally, Fleury stops 17 shots and gets his first shutout of the season. I can't believe it took till March to get it. Unreal.