Marc-Andre Unreal went on a safari vacation this past summer. But last night, he took a trip into the mouths of the New York Islanders. Fleury turned away all 33 shots he faced and the Penguins cruised to a 3-0 win.
This game may have been won before a puck was even dropped because of the big-time coaching decisions of Dan Bylsma. Instead of starting fighter Steve MacIntyre, Bylsma choose to play Dustin Jeffrey. This made Islanders Coach Fat Capuano not dress Trevor Gillies. The Islanders were banking on some type of fight or some shit. It never happened. And how about Richard Park? First Penguin in a while to come back and haunt a former team.
Perfect road game for the Pens. They return to CEC against the Islanders on Thursday.
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The rest of the first was pretty much more of the same. It was just great watching Malkin again. He opened up a bake shop on the Isles bench, he was creating so many turnovers.
Late in the period, Brooks Orpik finds Pascal Dupuis breaking. Root Sports was still trying to win a sports Emmy by the time Dupuis was halfway into the Isles zone. Just really idiotic camera work. Pretty much tainted the fact the Pens had scored. Dupuis on the breakaway.
The Isles had a great chance to tie it up right afterward, but MAF kept it out. And the period ends.
Pens get a quick chance with Asham-Park-Cooke. It fell apart, and the Isles were headed the other way, but Asham poked it away from Tavares. Jurassic Park grabbed the puck and went back in on Nabokov. He faked a shot, froze the Isles, and put it home.
The Isles started getting their best chances of the game during the second period. Islander fans were too busy looking for Trevor Gillies in the press box to care.
After some shit, Lovejoy has to take down Grabner. By "take down," we mean Grabner just fell. Fucking joke. The Pens jump on the PK and kill it. After the kill, Malkin tried to dance in the neutral zone, and he fell. MAF bailed him out with a save. We'll let Malkin do that every day of the week. No point on a player like Malkin dumping it in every time like Bylsma's system dictates. He makes a move at the blue line, and the Pens immediately have numbers.
Lean year up on Long Island.
-Engelland made some mistakes.
-Niskanen was solid. Blocked some shots.