"Last time I saw a Beagle get beat that badly, Sarah Mclachlan was singing in the background."
The Baby Pens dominate their first road game, defeating Rochester 5-1:
Eric Tangradi was named the first star of the game, with an assist and this highlight-reel goal:
Our friend Zoe at Puck Huffers brought this up about the game: the game felt just like every other Tomas Vokoun/Penguins game. Didn't even feel like a Caps/Pens game. Pens outshot the Caps, 41-19. 41 to 19. Games like that happen in the NHL.
There's no reason to get bent out of shape about losing this game. It's the fifth game of the season. No one should start getting irrational till at least the 20-game mark. Plus, the Caps looked horrrrrrrrrible. Like, really bad. Their two goals in regulation came on a bizarre play by Mike Knuble and a lucky deflection. The Caps generated no offense at all. But it was the Tomas Vokoun Show. He made 39 saves while being peppered all night. Wonder what the Caps players will think when they see the tape of the laziest goaltending of all time on Neal's game-tying goal late in the third.
Speaking of Neal, we're setting the record straight. We jobbed him relentlessly last year because he simply refused to hit the net. Having Malkin on his line certainly helps this year, but having an elite center on your line doesn't mean your shots are all of a sudden more accurate. Neal wasn't hitting the net at all last season. And now he is. We've made peace with this 100%. All aboard the Neal Train. Keep chirpin' if you want to.
What we think of it? In all the games we've seen Asham play in a Pens uniform, he's never given a hint of anything that would be deemed dirty or classless. Jay Feeble went after Letang and probably didn't realize Asham was on the ice. All Feeble had to do was skate to his bench and goad Asham into some penalty. The refs were looking for something to call on the Pens, and the Caps would've gotten it. Instead, Feeble is a moron; he drops the gloves and dances with Arron Asham. HUGE MISTAKE. The Caps get an extra 2 minutes because Feeble roughed up Letang and knocked his helmet off. Asham's gestures after the K.O. have nothing to do with concussions. If Asham had done it after some blindside hit, this would be a completely different story. But Feeble GOT KNOCKED OUUUTTTTTTTTT. He knew the risks when he dropped the gloves. Asham apologized after the game, saying he was caught up in the moment and the gestures were classless. That apology hasn't stopped Asham from being our favorite player right now.
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AGH gif after the jump because it is big.
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The Penguins haven't had a fight all season.
That all changed quickly. Asham and Beagle danced early in the third period. Beagle did not fair well.
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[ pic via tangerbabii58 on flickr ]
Washington Capitals (2-0-0) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (3-0-1)
TV: NHL Network for people outside Pittsburgh, ROOT sports for those in, CSN-DC
Unlimited news today. Quick recap:
Kunitz re-signed for two years.
MAF is out tonight. He is sick.
Malkin is a game-time decision. ( He'll be taking part in a ceremonial faceoff, so don't flip out if you see him, and then he doesn't play)
Some guy was cleared for "full contact." today
Call to arms: STUNNED PICS. No stunned pics yet this year. Going forward, best stunned pic gets $20
Contuine on for more Gameday, and stop into cblog for streaming feeds...
p.s. No tpb pregame show ( as if anyone was listening anyway)
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It looks like Crosby has been cleared for contact.
Unless the equipment staff is just fucking with everyone, this almost certainly means Crosby has been cleared for contact.
And while that is good, all it really means is that his return is to the next step. But, shit, it is still better than where we were yesterday.
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