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Penguins: How The West Was Done

Pittsburgh PenguinsJust a couple of weeks ago, I was questioning when the Pens magic would run out for a little while. My question has been answered. The Penguins escaped from the HP Pavilion Center with nothing more than their lives last night as they were officially schooled by the San Jose Sharks. That game ended the Pens West Coast trip which saw them visit Anaheim, Los Angeles, and San Jose. They have one more game away before ending their 4 game road trip, but that will be on Tuesday against Boston. Honestly, the Pens were lucky to have gotten away with a 1-2 record on this trip. They beat Anaheim when they probably shouldn’t have. This trip has pointed out one glaring defect about this team right now…injuries are killing them!

Prior to last night’s game the Pens were without Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Gonchar, Tyler Kennedy, Max Talbot, and Alex Goligoksi was questionable. After last night, you can add one more possibly injury to that list and that is to defensemen Kris Letang who took a spill shoulder first into the ice. He did not return. The Penguins power play as been pathetic since losing Gonchar and Malkin. If Letang is out for any period of time the Pens are in even more trouble.

The good news is that all these injuries (with the exception of Letang’s as I do not know the extent of it) are not long term injuries. Malkin skated prior to the game and Gonchar and Talbot are healing up and should be returning within the month. Tyler Kennedy is day-to-day.

This is the first time the Pens have not gotten any points in two straight games under Dan Bylsma’s regime and will be the Pens first test on how they respond. It is not going to be easy, but winners find ways of winning. I am glad the Pens don’t have to meet the Sharks or Kings again this year, unless it is in the Stanley Cup Final. At least now, I don’t have to stay up to all hours of the night watching these games. Pacific Time Zone is rough!

Let’s Go Pens!

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6 comments for “Penguins: How The West Was Done”

  1. It’s definitely better to be a West Coast sports fan for viewing games, but since most NHL national reporters are on the East Coast it generally means less news coverage in the national media.

    Since your team only had a few months off you’d figure they’d be a little more injury prone. Better to be bitten by the injury bug now rather than in March. We had big injury problems the second half of last season. The good news is that all the prospects we brought up to fill those gaps are much more seasoned for this year’s campaign.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | November 8, 2009, 10:22 am
  2. Very true. Many people questioned how a short time between seasons would catch up with the Redwings and Penguins. I am not sure if I will blame the injuries on that, but who knows.

    I just want them to all get healed up.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | November 8, 2009, 12:31 pm
  3. That game against the Ducks - while we are used to penalties against us, there were so many NOT called on the Pens, that the Pens fan next to us even saw it. The Ducks do enough to themselves without the refs helping. It was great to see Kunitz again, though. We really miss him here. And yeah, I was pissed not to see Malkin play, but it was probably for the better for us.

    Posted by DUXROXNo Gravatar | November 8, 2009, 12:48 pm
  4. Duxrox - Since I was not at the game, I can’t say that I saw a lot of missed calls. However, I do not doubt it as I have seen games go the other way for the Pens. I must say that I was quite impressed with your fans and the team giving Kunitz a nice welcome home. It was something I did not expect to see but was quite impressed.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | November 8, 2009, 4:43 pm
  5. *sigh* when it rains it pours. Looks like Letang might be out a while with a shoulder injury.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | November 8, 2009, 6:22 pm
  6. Try sneaking in webcasts or radio time during work when it’s a 4pm start! LOL I feel your pain and your boys’…speedy recoveries!

    Posted by PuckGalNo Gravatar | November 10, 2009, 7:27 pm

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