The Pens were able to hold off an 8 minute Blackhawk barrage in the 3rd period to hang onto a 3-2 win at Consol tonight. The Pens are now 2 games out of 1st in the division and I believe 3 games back in the East. The Hawks, despite the loss, are still statistically the best team in hockey. Tonights 3 stars Crown Royale style...
3. Viktor Stalberg - - this guy was a beast on the ice and if it wasn't for the posts, the game would have been 4-2 Hawks. He deserves it.
2. Marc-Andre Fleury - - Fleury, as usual, is a beast in net for the Pens. He continues to dominate in the absence of many players due to injury. Clearly the MVP of the team thus far.
1. Evgeni Malkin - - He has definitely stepped it up in Crosby's absence. He had 6 shots on goal and 3 assists to show for it. He also took a high stick in the face which led to a 4:00 penalty, that eventually saw the game winner scored.