April 9, 2008

Game 1 Thoughts

Setting the tone.

That's what tonight's 4-0 win was all about.

The Penguins came into tonight's game with the belief that last year was just that. They're a team that's another year mature and another year developed and another year with chemistry. Bryan Murray's antics aside, it's hard to fire up a team that lost two of its biggest key players for probably the series.

The 4-0 win was a shot sent to Murray and Senators that this year's version of the Penguins was not going to be pushed around. They're not going down without a fight...and they might not even let you score a goal.

Quick Hits- Game 1
-Could the white pads really be Marc-Andre Fleury's saving grace?

-Talk about Marian Hossa disappearing come playoff time all you want, but tonight he was just extremely unlucky. The prized deadline-day acquisition had seven shots, which included some highway robbery by Martin Gerber.

-If Ottawa goes down 2-0 in the series, does Bryan Murray go to Ray Emery for Game 3?

-How many Penguin fans almost crapped their pants when Sidney Crosby crashed into the boards feet first early in the third period?

-I was expecting Ottawa to play much more physical than they did. Where was Chris Neil starting a scrum or fight to get the troops going?

-Gary Roberts. The man has played two games now since December 29th. Safe to say he's ready for the playoffs.

-Petr Sykora might have been the biggest bargain from the free agent crop of last summer.

Game 2 is Friday night, 7pm ET.

Let's Go Pens!

UPDATE: If anyone went to the game tonight and has an extra Penguins rally towel, please let me know. I'd love to get my hands on one.

Ballhype: hype it up!

1 comment:

Gittle said...

I just sent you an email on the Frozen Four. I really have to get my grad school stuff done, but I still went through an analysis just for you.

By the way, to answer your questions on the original post, Lake Superior State University is in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan; and Clarkson University is in Potsdam, New York. The vast majority of the D-1 hockey programs are located in four areas: Massachusetts/New England (ten in the Commonwealth, five in Connecticut/Rhode Island, two in New Hampshire, one in Maine, and one in Vermont), upstate New York, Michigan, and Minnesota. Outside of those areas, the next largest state would be Colorado, with the University of Denver, Colorado College, and the United States Air Force Academy.

Just giving you a heads-up.