From years of being a Penguins fan, you kind of knew this game was going to be annoying. Winnipeg got their choice of games for the first two home games of the season. Of course they picked the Penguins. Winnipeg had to win this game, because they were probably going to move again if they didn't.
The game started off terribly but actually got interesting as time wore on. If the Penguins could've opted to be down 1-0 before the opening faceoff instead of rousing up the annoying Winnipeg fans by giving up a goal 8 seconds into the game, they would've taken that pre-faceoff deficit. Fans of Canadian teams have a sense of entitlement, and that's been kicked up a notch when a city gets a team thrown back into their lap. Jokes. It didn't really feel like the Pens were playing in Canada until a Jets player fell on his own, and the entire arena felt victimized. Refs are already terrified of offending the delicate sensibilities of Winnipeg fans. MTS Centre will be a war zone when and if the Jets make the playoffs. Louder than CONSOL has ever been except when grunge metal is playing.
Pens are back stateside already. They play Minnesota in 11 minutes. Over/under for Root Sports shots of Mike Yeo on the bench: 14.5.
UPDATE: Letang has been summoned to Shanahan's lair for that boarding call in the third. [ NHL ]
Not sure if anybody else was blown away by this on the radio side: When the Jets scored eight seconds into the game last night Mike Langue -- without the aid of a computer (unless you count his brain) -- correctly rattled off the following:
- It was the fastest anybody has ever scored against the Pens
- The Flyers previously held that distinction (from a game in 1977)
- The goal was scored by [I can't remember right now, but Lange did]
- They lost that game "ten-nothing or eleven-nothing" (it was 11-0)
- They had a game against the Atlanta Flames the next day.A speechless Phil Bourque had their stats guy confirm it all afterwards.
Letang had one of the best chances with like 3 minutes left, but Pavelek made his first of 113 saves on the night.
Pens had some PP but couldn't do anything. Then the Jets scored after Burmistrov stole the puck from Ben Lovejoy twice in the neutral zone then capitalized when Letang's hair got tangled in the boards. He passes it out to the point. Fleury stunned. 2-0.
Pens got an early PP. Man, did they want a goal. The Jets killed it, but the Pens wouldn't stop coming. Chance after chance after chance.
MAF had a seizure at the other end of the ice when a dump-in took a weird bounce. Every time we see him like that, we're reminded of his high-ankle sprain. Let's not even talk about it.
Park went to the box and gave the Jets a chance to get back some momentum. Killed. Then they had another chance when Neal was sent off for a bullshit call. Killed again. Refs were garbage.
The Pens picked up right where they left off after killing those penalties. Unreal chances everywhere. Neal sprung Sullivan and Park on a 2-on-1.
Later in the period, Engelland got the puck and put it on net, as he always does. The crowd circle-jerks about that save. The Pens win the next faceoff.
Set play. One-timer to Michalek. Matt Cooke played on the edge.
Pens took some penalty at the end of the second.
Biggest night in Winnipeg since the corn-eating competition back in 2004.