Buffalo Sabres (2-1-0) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (3-0-2)
CONSOL Energy Center
An early gameday today.
The Pens are at home against Thomas Vanek and the Buffalo Sabres. EvgeniMalkinis out tonight. Marc-Andre Fleury should be back in net. The Sabres brought in some big money free agents this summer and they'll look a lot different than the last time we saw them. They're pretty close to the salary cap ceiling right now. The Pens will wearing their dark blue third jerseys tonight.
You'll be guessing the time and period of the first goal of the game scored by either team. And you're including @Pensblog, #DonateForDerekKotecki, http://tinyurl.com/3n2fm3j to the tweet. Post it straight to Twitter.
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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.
Almost forgot. This happened:
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 ArronAsham. 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.
When the Pens and Caps get together, you just have no idea what's going to transpire anymore. Last year it was Steckel. Looks like this year will be all about Jay Beagle...andArronAsham putting him to sleep. The December 1st game is going to have an amazing buildup.
You've probably already been smacked in the mouth with it, but the media and the Internet will be all over this today. Just hit up Asham in Google News.
The Pens haven't fought at all this season. But they let it be known that you're not gonna job Letang anymore. We think it was Errey who said Letang fought way too much last year. Them days are over.
Another huge thing from this game is that the Penguins came back in the third to tie it. Did that even happen last year? And Sid's cleared for contact. And Ryan Miller and the new-look Sabres are coming to town Saturday. Good time to be alive.