Sunday, November 29, 2009

Crosby, Pens Embarrass Avery and Co. 8-3

Sean Avery and the rest of his band of Rangers weren't ready for the storm that hit them last night at the Igloo. Although the score did get close twice in this game, the Pens were confident and you could sense a win was coming. It helped to get back a couple key offensive D-men : Letang and Goligoski. Each had a pair of assists and were visible throughout the night.

Crosby was the star of the night. He had a hat trick and 2 assists. Two of the goals Rangers backup Valiquette could've stopped but he was terrible. Eaton had a huge goal at the end of the 2nd period with .02 ticks left. He just wristed a shot from the point and after hitting a couple bodies it jumped past Valiquette. The Rangers cut the deficit to 1 again in the first couple minutes of the 3rd period when Rozsival scored, 4-3 Pens. But then the parade of goals came for our good 'ole Penguinos.

Sid scored, then Dupuis scored a weak goal from the point which Vally shoulda had, then Sid scored his 3rd, and then Kennedy tipped a Letang shot in. The game got outta hand in the 3rd after Matt Cooke dealt a high (and late) hit to Anisimov of the Rangers. Avery and Brashear started yapping and Brashear went after Cooke. He got a 4 min. penalty and the Pens scored 2 PP goals. Cooke then fought Callahan in a fairly drawn middleweight fight. I was impressed to see Cooke throw some nice punches in there, unfortunately he'll be suspended for the next 2 games for that high hit.

How does Cooke get suspended for that hit and Richards (flyers) doesn't get suspended for the hit on Booth a couple weeks back. That was much more vicious and Booth had to leave the game on a stretcher. Last week Ovechkin dealt a nasty hit from behind on Kaleta and only received a misconduct. Do you see a pattern? Players with bad reputations seem to be the ones constantly suspended rather than the stars of the NHL. There has to be a line drawn and Bettman's gotta be the one drawin' it.

Avery was at his ultimate best tonight. Only it wasn't helping the Rangers but hurting them. Avery tried headshotting Crosby early in the 3rd and thankfully Sid dodged it. His ultimate blowup occurred when he attacked Feds from behind. A defenseless Feds LOL. Avery is a joke and at least he didn't cheapshot Feds to the head. Bylsma was smart to put Godard on the ice for the final 6 minutes with either Sid or Geno. Rupp was also mixed in there.

Monday night's affair will be a much heated as the agitators and goon's will be back at it and this time you can expect Godard and Brashear to square off. How will the Rangers respond to the bashing they took? Should be interesting. If this Rangers team is to have success, Lundqvist and Gaborik have to shine. Gabby has 19 goals on the year and he's been an absolute beast. NY's defense isn't as steady as it has been in year's past so King Henrik will have to save the day. Great to see Mad Max get his first goal of the season on a nifty move in the 1st.


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