Cooke picked up where he left off, turning over a puck leaving the zone. Big Buff started the play with a sweet pass. Puck ended up on Kane's stick, and he buried it.
Game picked up after that.
Malkin had a ton of chances, and Pavlec robbed him every time. Malkin has had it rough the last few games. Have to wonder if not having a set third linemate and still getting used to the smaller ice surface is causing some problems.
Great pace to the game. Pens kept turning the puck over in their own zone for some reason, which led us to believe Winnipeg changed something in their game plan.
"Gameplan change?" he said. "You can do that?"
Pens got a PP. TK's speed drew a hook. PP was having trouble setting up, then Malkin's feels got in the way and he hooked somebody. On the Jets' PP, Big Papa Buff puts one home.
Then the Pens did it again in Turnover Town. Ben Lovejoy, everyone. Andrew Ladd finishes it.
A Crosby turnover led to another Jets chance. Huge save by Vokoun on a rebound, flashing the glove.
-- No Despres. Interesting. Some people are saying he is possible trade bait. But the Pens D is already lacking some big-time depth at the NHL level. Biggest storyline this season is going to be solidifying that bottom D pairing.
-- Big Buff is legit.
Woof. Malkin had 18 minutes? At least get him on the ice for 20 minutes.
-- TK wasn't bad on the second line. But here is the thing. Why take the guy out of his role on the third line? All joking aside, TK can play on the third line. He isn't a top six guy in our opinion. Whatever. He is much better than the Tangradi Hendrix Experience, though.
-- Are we to assume Dustin Jeffrey has no place on this team?
-- 50/50 in Winnpeg last night. The take was 39K. Jesus.
-- Not even being a dick, but Winnipeg got the matchup they wanted on that game-winning goal.
So far this season, their most productive line has been Antropov-Ladd-Little.
Look at the frequency at which Ben Lovejoy was out there against them:
Andrew Ladd scoring the eventual game-winner.
Here is what happened. James Neal flubs on a pass to Malkin. Engo, for whatever reason, started up the ice and was out of position. Then Lovejoy made the final mistake. He did everything right until he left Ladd.
We hate to keep harping on the bottom pair, and really this is more on Neal, but still needed some big-time D there. Didn't get it.