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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pens vs. Predators: 3 Stars

The Pens played host to the surging Nashville Predators tonight at CES.  The Pens once again put up 5 goals in a scoring clinic, winning 5-1.  Some sports writers pitted this matchup as a Stanley Cup Final preview.  I am not one of those pundits however as I don't think Nashville is coming out of the second round.  Don't get me wrong, they are a talented team.  Now that they have Radulov back, they have the potential to make life miserable for a lot of other teams.  I just don't think their defense or goal tending are strong enough to get them all the way through to the end.  Purely opinion and speculation.  Feel free to disagree.

So tonight, James Neal continued his point scoring workshop by posting another 4 assists.  Malkin also scored twice giving him 45 on the year.  Cook scored again too giving him 17.  17 goals for Matt Cooke!!!  Unbelievable!  Here are tonight's 3 Stars...




PS:  With that win, the Penguins clinch a playoff spot.  Like there was any doubt that was going to happen.

Watch this goal.  It's disgusting!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This Is Just Unfair...I Love It (Penguins vs. Jets; 3 Stars)

These guys combined for 13 individual scoring points tonight in the Pens 8-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets in front of another sell-out crowd at CES in Pittsburgh. 

For those keeping score, that entails 5 goals and 8 assists.  Malkin now has 43 goals and 93 points as well as scoring his 200th goal tonight.  Neal now has 35 goals after tonight's hat trick and he added an assist.  And last but not least, Sidney Crosby has to have wiped the smirks off the cynics faces as he now has nine points in four games since missing 40 games with his concussion-like symptoms.  These are tonight's 3-Stars!! 

With Fleury in net, Winnipeg doesn't score 4 goals but he had the night off so rookie Brad Thiessen got the call with Brent Johnson still on the shelf with an undisclosed injury.  

I just hope this kind of scoring clinic can continue into the playoffs.  Long, into the playoffs.