My Prediction

Flyers 6, Pens 2.
Actual: Pens 6, Flyers 4.
Record in predicting winner: 22-13.

Even Strength Offense: B

This is a tough grade to come up with. They scored 4 even strength goals, which is tremendous. But they were aided by some incredibly porous goaltending. Both Bryzgalov and Bobrovsky were absolutely awful. For much of the game, the Pens failed to take advantage of Bryzgalov, as they generated little pressure on him. But they came alive early in the third against BOB. They finally put some pucks past their nemesis.

Even Strength Defense: C

Not real good. Letang again made an ill-advised pinch on the Jagr goal and Engelland blew a tire to give them another.

Power Play: F

The PP was awful. or once, they got lots of chances (6 minutes of time), but managed only 3 shots during all of that.

Penalty Kill: A++

While they did allow an early PP goal, they came through with two shorties, including the rare 3-on5 by Cooke.

Goaltending: C

He kept them in the game with some key saves, but was shaky on a couple of the goals, too.

Overall: A

It probably asn’t deserving of an A, but any time you beat that outfit, it just feels like an A. It makes me smile from ear to ear. I was just laughing at the putridity of Bryzgalov. I wonder which poor team the league will force to take him off their hands.

And now, the rest of the story…

Geno: A

he had another good game, but hit two goalposts again. His puck luck is souring lately.

James Neal: B

Great effort on his goal, and congrats on the new contract.

Brooks Orpik: A

A quiet +4 and 6 hits.

*Minus machine 4: * +2 to go to -10

Minus Machine 7: Even to stay at -7

The Non Minus Machines: +4 to go to +40

Striped Buffoonery

Stephane Auger has no business officiating in this league. After going weeks where nothing at all gets called, we come into a huge division game and this clown decides to call everything. Every little ticky tack thing, to the point that he made a call where nobody had any clue what he had called or who it was on. It started with a brutal goalie interference on Simmonds, and he seemed to spend the rest of the game giving makeup calls to one team or the other. It was just an absolute joke. But, hey, the clown helped the Pens get the two shorties, so I guess it worked out in the end.

Icehole of the Game

Jordan Staal, for his sod-brained check from behind on Braydon Coburn. That was simply idiotic.

Monk Moment

Can it be anything other than this?

I’m on Twitter.

A guide to the game grades can be found here.