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Penguins First Week In The Books

Pittsburgh PenguinsThe Pittsburgh Penguins walk away from their first week of the 2009-2010 regular season with a 3 - 1 records. They had wins against the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, and Philadelphia Flyers. Their one loss came from a shutdown that Phoenix pitched in Mellon Arena.

Overall, the Penguins have started out the season playing pretty good hockey. Their new defensive pairing of Alex Goligoski and Jay McKee have been fairly impressive. Goligoski is tied for the lead in points for the Penguins. He has 4 and shares with lead with Evgeni Malkin. Given, Goligoski got a free goal from a fluke play which saw the puck get shot out from the boards which hit Emery’s left skate and then his right skate and slide right into the goal.

What I have not been impressed with however, is the amount of penalty’s that the Pens have been taking recently. In the game against Phoenix, Pittsburgh took a total of 10 penalties and last night in Philadelphia they took 5 penalties. Last night the calls were a little ticky-tacky, but I try not to complain about the inconsistencies in officiating in the NHL.

As some of you might have heard, the Flyers pulled some dirty moves in the last 5 seconds of the game. The first move was captain Mike Richards running over Marc-Andre Fleury in the net when he could have easily stopped. Richards than held his head like he was hurt to avoid anyone jumping him. Very classy Richards. This whole incident ended up into a scrum with Kris Letang and Scott Hartnell wrestling on the ice. Kris Letang ended up leaving the ice quickly holding his right arm which it was later reported that he was possibly bitten by Hartnell. Can we say Mike Tyson?

It was a terrible way to end a good game, but that is how the Philadelphia vs Pittsburgh rivalry seems to go. I will be interested to see if the League does anything to Hartnell suspension wise for his act. I also found it interesting in how the two men responded to this after the game.

Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero:

“”Our response is, ask Hartnell, He knows what happened.”

Kris Letang:

“My answer is going to be ask him. He knows what he did. Go ask Hartnell. It’s a first for me. I want to be certain you go ask him.”

Scott Hartnell:

“”A lot of stuff happens on the bottom of the pile, He had his hands in my face, doing the face wash, and we were rolling around. I can’t say what happened.”

When asked whether he had ever been accused of biting, Hartnell responded “Not ever, really.”

Oh well, what is done is done.

The next 7 days has the Penguins taking on Toronto, Ottawa, and Carolina all on the road.

Let’s go Pens!

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