First off, having Crosby in this game probably would not have made a difference. More than two-thirds of NHL teams don't have a Malkin or Crosby, let alone two of them. Complaining the Pens were missing one of their superstars means you're a whiny bitch. Blackhawks goalie Antfarm was lights out. It took the Pens having 6 guys on the ice and an unconventional faceoff setup to even tie the game. If antfarm didn't do coke before the game, the Pens win this one skating away.
Just think what a Pens-Blackhawks SCF would be like. The last two seasons, the Pens have gotten to the Finals and essentially had to play down to Detroit's boring game. That's not to say the past two Finals haven't been exciting, but Pens-Blackhawks would be edge-of-your-seat hockey every minute of every game.
When the Pens played the Blackhawks last season, we said this: "If we respected every team like we do Chicago, we wouldn't have a blog."
After this one, we still respect Chicago, but they are jokes. Duncan Keith is a goon, Patrick Kane is annoying, and we were unaware of the new NHL rules that you don't have to call penalties on Jonathan Toews. You can really can grow to hate a team like the Blackhawks. And that is a good thing. This was almost the first time all season the good old-fashioned hatred was felt. In the end, the Pens pulled another point from the jaws of defeat. They had earned it. We aren't even pissed the Pens lost. It was the most exciting low-scoring game in 5 years. It made us glad we're hockey fans.
Another reason to be happy you're a hockey fan is Mark Letestu. He was making some pretty creative moves with the puck, setting up people everywhere. Not to mention that Disco and/or Yeo puts him out on the ice to win the biggest face-off Letestu's probably ever taken. And Letestu won it.
Letestu did more with his ice time in one game than Bourque did in all his time with the Penguins. That's why we hated Chris Bourque. Speaking of which, guess who scored 4 minutes into his debut with Washington's AHL Hershey Bears, scored the game-winner, and got the first star of the game?
Joke. Just unbelievable.
Actually, it's quite believable. Jump.