These are the kind of games that remind us why we're hockey fans, even if the Penguins had lost. It was two heavyweights going toe to toe, trading punch for punch. It was the first big game the Pens have played this season, and they got the job done. With Fleury starting off the season 7-0, with Crosby on an absolute tear, with the Pens playing sound defense, and all this happening without Kris Letang and James Neal in the lineup, if you think things could be any better right now, you are high.
Crosby is as healthy as he's felt in a long time. He's been going to the net more and more. That was like a demilitarized zone for him since the concussion problems, especially in the Bruins series last year when Chara was lurking. Malkin had a really nice game, as well. He set up the Kunitz goal and then scored the shootout winner with a nasty move. Can't wait for him to get James Neal back.
The Avs are coming to town on Monday night, then the Pens are off until Friday.