Pens Vs Habs Grades
Pens 5, Habs 2. Record in predicting winner: 15-9.
Even Strength Offense: A
It was the typical Montreal game with one exception. The puck actually went in. That probably had more to do with there being a Buddha in net rather than a Price. But thank you, Mr. Cunneyworth, weâ€™ll accept your gift. The Pens did generate their usual quota of poor chances from the outside, many of which Montreal blocked. But with Buddha in net, they managed to put a few of the unblocked shots in. Tanger made a spectacular play to beat a stunned Buddha early on. Jeffrey zipped a wrister past him, and then Geno scored on a play where Buddha is still looking for the puck. What a shot that was!
Even Strength Defense: F
It was a horrid night defensively, just one breakdown after another. Their heads were just not in this game until the third period. The first goal was just a bad bounce. But Cole and Pacioretty both scored on 2-on-1s. And those certainly werenâ€™t the only odd-man breaks Montreal had. It seemed like almost every shot they had was a good scoring chance. You rarely see the Pens play that loose. But they got away with it.
Power Play: F
It was totally ineffective. They generated few if any good chances.
Penalty Kill: C
They gave up a power play goal by leaving Kostitsyn all alone in the high slot. But they made up for it with a Jeffrey shorty.
Fleury gave them a chance to win by covering for their sloppy play. He really had little chance on any of the goals. And he made some huge saves on odd-man breaks when they were behind. Heâ€™s probably the only reason they got two points out of this mess.
They followed up their best game of the season with what was basically a clunker. It was the classic â€œtrap game,â€ in between the Ranger and Washington games. Luckily, Montreal started their Buddha to give the Pens a fighting chance. And they took advantage of it, scoring a couple questionable goals to get it to overtime.
And now, the rest of the storyâ€¦
Until he scored the tying goal, he had a terrible game. He was basically invisible. But he came throug in the clutch, then scored in the shootout to bring that grade up.
James Neal: C
He didnâ€™t have much of a game either.
Dustin Jeffrey: A
Welcome back, Dustin! He had a tremendous game, to the point he was their best center last night. He could easily have had four goals.
Kris Letang: A
He was all over the ice once again. Heâ€™s making us realize how much they missed him.
NHL Network: F
The scroll at the bottom of the screen said â€œscoreingâ€ and said Letang had â€œ1 assistsâ€ in his first game back. They also joined the game 13 seconds after the opening faceoff, presumably because Kathryn Tappen and Jamie McClennan werenâ€™t finished dispensing their wisdom.
Piece of Krap Subban blatantly slew-footed Kunitz right in front of the ref and no call was made. But they made up for it by making no call when Sullivan was high-stuck, allowing Jeffrey to score seconds later.
Loathsome Homerism of the Game
We had two last night:
â€œDustin is bustin!â€
â€œMalkinâ€™s incredible ability is surpassed only by his burning desire.â€
Icehole of the Day
Gee, who can it possibly be? Nary a Montreal game can go by without Piece of Krap doing something dirty or stupid. Last night, it was the slew foot on Kunitz. Just a totally blatant attempt to injure. I find it totally indefensible that the garage league has yet to discipline this clown. I am being dead serious in saying I think itâ€™s some type of affirmative action by the GL because they donâ€™t want to have to discipline the black guy. If youâ€™ve got a better explanation, Iâ€™d love to hear it.
Iâ€™m on Twitter.
A guide to the game grades can be found here.