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Pens’ Finding Ways to Win

I was lucky enough to be at tonight’s game with the Penguins visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning, who as of recently shown a little spark of scoring. Luckily for me, I was given tickets to the Channel side club (all you can eat/drink). The Penguins were able to take another much needed two points out of this game, but I did notice a couple of things.

- Both Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal seemed very lazy. They did not have a whole lot of jump in their step for most of the game. I am especially curious about this because Malkin normally steps up when Crosby is out of the line up. I believe it to have just been
an off night.

- Kunitz is looking like a better and better pick up after he scored twice tonight. Those two scores put his totals up to 5 points with the Penguins in 3 games. He has shown a lot of great things and I am excited to have this kid on board for a few more years.

- If it wasn’t for the third and fourth lines this game might have been different. As mentioned above, Malkin and Staal were just sluggish tonight. Luckily for the Pens the other guys stepped up. I noticed especially good play by Tyler Kennedy, Pascal Dupuis, and Tim Wallace. Of course, the usual hard workers (Brooks Orpik, Matt Cooke, and Kris Letang) did not disappoint either.

- It’s always great to hear the “Let’s go Pens!” chants in non-home games.

In the end, it was a great game and I am hoping to Penguins continue their streak of winning. They cannot let up at all if they want to be able to squeak into the playoffs.

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