Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pens vs Red Wings

I thought this was pre-season?
Penguins- 5
Mike Comrie (Sterling Michalek) 1-1:21
Sidney Crosby (Boulerice, Letang) 1-7:29
Ryan Craig (Letestu, Orpik) 1-11:45
Brett Sterling (Crosby, Dupuis) 2-13:28
Ryan Craig (Kennedy, Letestu) 2-15:06
Red Wings- 1
Ruslan Salei (Ritola, Filppula) 2-9:29
Obviously when you have two rival teams trying to send a message to each other in their preseason opener, things may get a bit rowdy but this was just out of hand. Both teams came out with intensity, which is usually a very good thing, but in the preseason it can become dangerous. The Pens were able to translate their intensity into goals, routing the visiting Wings 5-1 with Ryan Craig having 2 goals along with one from Sterling, Comrie, and Sid. But since the score matters very little, that's all I'll say about it.
The real fireworks happened all night long, with an occasional series of skirmishes that usually lead to minor penalties. There were a few less minor occurrences, though, that may lead to seriously negative consequences on both sides. Johan Franzen and Brooks Orpik collided at center ice, and Franzen injured his knee in the process and had to be assisted off the ice. (I saw the replay a few times, and I say that nobody is at fault.) Likewise for the Pens, Crosby left the ice and did not return after the 2nd period. The official word at the moment was a sore hip flexor.
3 Big Points
-As a WBS fan, I love what I saw from Sterling and Craig. Noted that they won't have Sid to feed them down in the minors, but I can see both (especially Sterling) putting up some pretty good stats.
-Settle down people. Its only the preseason! I'd like to have a team left by the time the season starts.
-Wow, the Consol Energy Center is nice. Absolutely beautiful.
Next Game
Friday Sept 25 at Columbus
Hopefully Sid will be playing and Disco would have settled the boys down by then. All NHL teams are in the same category at this time of the year, so there's not much more to say about this one.

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