Sidney Crosby was at it again scoring with 3.3 seconds left in the third period to give the Penguins a rare road win against the New York Rangers. Crosby recorded 1 goal and 3 assists but his late game heroics were the difference. With the Penguins on the power play and the game looking like it was going to overtime Crosby threw a puck to the net that bounced off defenseman Aaron Wards foot and in the back of the net. Penguins improve to 2-1 with the win. Rookies Eric Staal and Kris Letang each recorded their first NHL career goals. Ryan Whitney scored 2 goals with Quellet and Crosby netting 1 each. Marc Andre-Fleury faced 44 shots and allowed goals to Jagr, Matt Cullen, Adam Hall, Michael Nylander and Brendan Shannahan. It’s doesn’t look like a great nites work on paper but Fleury didn’t have much of a chance on 4 out of 5 goals. Fleury made some big saves late in the third period which is another encouraging sign that he is turning the corner.
Ryan Malone is showing absolutely nothing as the 2nd line center and it’s time to put Jordan Staal in the 2nd line center spot. Staal had his best game of the season Thursday night and his confidence is booming. Saturday night would be the chance to make the switch. There’s no reason to have this kid on the 4th line. Despite Staal not being drafted to be a role player, he is one of the teams top penalty killers. His instincts and abilty to use his long reach is exceptional for a 18 year old.
Kris Letang reminds of a young Dan Boyle. Unlike Jordan Staal, going back to juniors will do Letang no good. He belongs with the big club and it will be a shame if he is demoted. If Staal is sent down it will be a negative for the club for the present but going back to juniors is the best thing for the future. Karl Stewart is one of those signings that makes no sense. He brings energy and speed but he is out of control on the ice. Much rather see Carcillo or Stone alternating with Roy as the 12th forward.
Next game – Saturday October 14th against the Carolina Hurricanes