Friday, January 26, 2007

Penguins 4, Stars 3 SO

What is the one thing that you don't want to do against the Stars? Answer, end regulation and overtime tied with them and face them in a shootout. What did the Penguins do? Answer, end regulation and overtime tied with them and face them in a shootout. However for some reason the Penguins were able right their shootout ship and beat the team that is practically unbeatable in the shootout. Christensen was able to get a puck past Turco and Fleury was able to stop all three Stars including Mr. Shootout himself, Jokinen and the Penguins picked up a much needed point in the standings.

The Penguins started off after the All-Star break playing like they were before the break. They did however make one mistake in the first period and that was to allow the Stars to go on the Power Play in which they promptly scored upon on a slap shot by former Penguin Zubov. The Stars took the 1 - 0 lead into the intermission. The Pens didn't let that keep them down and they were able to take the lead on a Staal goal and the 499th goal of Recchi's career. The Pens couldn't keep the lead and the Stars got the equalizer 2 mins after Recchi's goal when Jokinen found a rebound and hit an open net to tie the score at 2. The two teams traded goals in the third with the Penguins third goal being the biggest because it was Recchi who got it for his 500th career goal. The crazy thing about Recchi score his 500th goal on an assist from Crosby is that Staal, Crosby, and Malkin were all under 2 years old when Recchi scored his first goal.

The Penguins then show that they did not want to send the game to a shootout by the way they played in the overtime period. The play by both teams was frantic with multiple chances and a couple of great saves by both goalie as well as a couple of missed opportunities. Neither team was able to get the one they needed to end the game and the game went to the shootout.

Next up are the Coyotes tomorrow in Phoenix...



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