April 2, 2008

Atlantic Division Champs!


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For the first time since the 1997-98 season when they were members of the Northeast Division, the Penguins won a division title. It was a hard-fought 4-2 victory over Philadelphia who had the upper-hand early on after going up 2-1, but a goal from Evgeni Malkin and two from Sidney Crosby (including a nifty between-the-legs deflection to seal it) gave the Pens their sixth division title in team history.

Marc-Andre Fleury was an absolute stud in goal tonight. His big save in the second period led to Malkin's goal. How many times do you see a big save lead to a goal? Could it be the white pads? Fleury's confidence is sky-high right now, exactly what the Penguins need heading into the playoffs.

Pittsburgh can clinch the number one seed in the Eastern Conference if Montreal loses any one of its two games remaining. The Penguins, now with 47 wins, hold the tiebreaker over the Canadiens at the moment.

This was a great game between two teams who really hate each other. Classic "Battle of Pennsylvania". There's a good chance these two could meet in the first-round, but before that can even be thought of, the Pens and Flyers will do it again on Sunday afternoon.

Note to Scott Hartnell: You're apparently a decent hockey player since you've scored over 20 goals the last three seasons, but why are you such a scumbag with the headshots? You run Andrew Alberts of Buffalo last November and tonight you had at least three attempted headshots to Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. Not to mention, you take a clean hit from Sergei Gonchar, then try and run him going for the puck behind Pittsburgh's net, only to eat Gonch's elbow and then cry about it. Want to play tough hockey? No problem. Don't be bush league.

Ballhype: hype it up!

1 comment:

Breeze said...

Congrats to the Pens!