One For The Ages
It’s better to be lucky than good, but sometimes if you work hard enough, you can create your own luck.
Before reviewing the amazing roller-coaster that was tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, let’s revisit some grim truths first. Not to be a Debbie Downer here, but we need to keep this one in perspective.
1. The officials handed the Penguins a gift-wrapped no-goal call in the first period.
2. With 2 goals on the night, Mikhail Grabovski managed to screw up a 2-on-0.
3. Luke Schenn missed 2 open goals.
4. The Penguins were grossly outplayed for the first 50 minutes of this hockey game.
That being said, they still found a way to get it done.
The Penguins started this winning streak in a gutsy fashion. Remember, the entire core of players banded together in a show of solidarity for their captain, and the fire showed on the ice in the form of the teams first win after 6 consecutive losses.
You don’t get an extra point for style in the NHL. So the uglier they are, the better. The Penguins, as it stands right now, are simply gutting out wins the old fashioned way.
And, unlike when they were in the midst of a 6 game losing streak, the bounces are starting to fall their way a little bit as well.
“You gotta win a lot of different ways. I’m not sure we deserved the fate we got tonight. Marc-Andre Fleury let in four but played outstanding, had some huge, huge saves. He allowed us to get to a shootout and we’ll take the win,” said Dan Bylsma post-game.
All smiles as usual, Marc-Andre Fleury chalked it up to another day at the office.
“With the bunch of guys we have in the room here, I just need to make the next save. I believe we can come back.”
Is it just me, or do you get the sense that this team is starting to believe it can surmount any obstacles it encounters?
Kudos to the secondary scoring tonight, the goals from Sullivan and Vitale were much needed. The load was finally taken off of the Malkin line.
Whatever the case may be, we got a brief glimpse of the post-season life tonight. And we learned that even when they’re not at their best, the Penguins are still formidable.
And, as always, eight is better than seven.