First and foremost, it was a big bounce-back game for Jeff Zatkoff. He's probably been seeing that Thornton shot in his sleep. Pens PK won the battle vs. the Caps PK, too. Big stuff.
OUR THREE STARS
3. Zatkoff. For the reason mentioned.
2. Crosby. 3 points. Big PP goal early.
1. Kunitz. 2 goals.
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We love when the Penguins play the Capitals. Why? Because, despite all of the hype and everything else, the games are usually very good. They don't typically degenerate into the ridiculousness that Pens/Flyers games frequently turn into. Instead, the're often good hockey games between two rivals and two teams that have a history of not liking one another.
The Capitals are fighting for a playoff spot right now. They added Jaroslav Halak to their team at the deadline. (Yes, that Jaroslav Halak.) They've also added talented prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov to their line-up. He'll make his NHL debut tonight.
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What we did
What this post is about
If the Pens lose in the playoffs, as they probably will, it will probably involve Crosby/Malkin having a few cold games (or Marc-Andre Fleury blowing up). When that happens, people will say “Gee, Malkin/Crosby/Fleury were terrible.” Perhaps they should point out that Pittsburgh is trying to win with an abysmal bottom half of their team, which piles an awful lot of pressure on the other guys.
And it worked. Pyatt didn't shit himself with Neal and Malkin. Stempniak was okay. Joe Vitale is embarrassing, but at least he had NHL players playing with him.
The Penguins were able to stabillize in the third period and tie the game. They won it in the shootout, pulling out an improbable two points in a game they were getting outshot 21-4 at one point.
Huge response after their beatdown in San Jose.
Our Three Stars
3. Evgeni Malkin
Two points and the game-tying goal when the Pens needed it. Malkin looks as joyless as he ever has playing hockey. Hopefully the goal has helped.
2. Corey Perry
Perry is terrific. He's an asshole, but he is a hell of a player. He was a difference on every shift.
1. Dan Bylsma
For the reasons mentioned above.
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