The Penguins proved tonight that they don't discriminate between goalies. They put up 4 goals on both Esche and Niittymaki to give the Pens there biggest offensive showing of the young season. Crosby propelled the Penguins offense by recording this first of many Hat-Tricks in the NHL and Malkin was able to keep his goal scoring streak going. Recchi and Moore were also able to get their first goals of the season.
Not to be forgotten was the game that Talbot played. Talbot was the one to really get the Pens on track with two goals and always seem to be in the right spot at the right time. He was able break the game open with the Pens first shorthanded goal that wasn't by Staal. In a play that reminded you of the Pens the last few season, Forsberg and Gagne collided at the blue line trying to get the puck in the zone on the power play which sprung Talbot all alone in on Niittymaki. Talbot made a nice move and put the puck in the open net. He then started the scoring in the second period by scoring on a nice backhand to forehand move to put it high over Niittymaki.
If Crosby could play all 82 games against the Flyers he would be shattering all of Gretzky single season scoring records. Crosby goals showed why it doesn't matter doesn't matter what is happening you can't take your eye off of him. Crobsy got his first goal on a nice feed from Whitney on a give and go play which he pretty much fanned on and deflect off his skate. Crosby was then able to find a puck in traffic in front of the net and slipped the puck under Niittymaki, which cause him to be pulled in favor of Esche. Unfazed by the change in goal, Crosby deftly picked his nemesis Hatcher's pocket and threw a backhander past a surprised Esche.
Malkin scored the Pens only Power Play goal to make the score 6 - 1 on another play that brings back memories of Mario. Malkin was able to use Esche cheating on a play with a sharp angle shot that went off the pad of Esche and into the goal. The Flyer then made it 6 - 2 on the Power Play to start the 3rd which just made the Pens finish off the Flyers on goals from Recchi and Moore.
Fluery was solid in net yet again stopping 31 of 33 shots with none more spectacular then the poke check he made on a breaking Carter when the game was still relatively close. Staal played well in what might be his final game this year for the Pens but it isn't looking likely because Pens fans might tear down the Igloo a few years early. The decision is going to be made, if it hasn't been already, by Wed before his 10th game.
The Pens start their West Coast trip on Wed with a game in LA against the Kings...
Labels: 2006 Game Review