Game 21: Penguins vs. Maple Leafs

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Penguinsvs.Maple Leafs
14-4-2; 30 points, Metropolitan Division11-8-2; 24 points, Atlantic Division
7:30 PM - CONSOL Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA - ROOT, TVA, SN
Stream Links: Wiziwig, Frontrow 
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The Penguins finish up their season series with the Atlantic Division’s most confused and most confusing team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Penguins took the first two meetings and the Leafs will be looking to salvage any points in their final matchup against the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins.

Biggest drinking night of the year, so kudos to those of you who will be taking the time to read this and to watch the game, even if you’re hitting a different kind of sauce for most of the night.

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Side Sauce: Week 7 Around the NHL

As we all prepare for the gluttony of Thanksgiving and the kickoff of the holiday season, the only thing getting thicker than the gravy at the table is the thick, meaty middle of the season, as many teams have reached their quarter-mark on their way through this 82-game audition for the second season. And the good news is that it’s not as dry as that white meat.

We’ve got disasters that shouldn’t be disasters, we’ve got disasters that should be disasters. We’ve got some tragic passings of hockey legends, and the passing away of some hockey waste. We’ve got the juicy details, and if you’ll bear with us, you’ll fill up on all the good hockey happenings of the week.

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Why Worry? Pens Win in OT 3-2

 

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3 (OT)2

For the first time in the Mike Johnston Era, the Pittsburgh Penguins faced adversity.  After picking up just 1 point from two straight games against the Islanders, a big response was needed.  What a better way to do that than against one of the perennially top teams in the league?  The Penguins put together a hard-working, complete game against a good, albeit hurt, Bruins team.  Not only was it a good team performance, but the Penguins best players were the ones that shined in pulling it off.  Behind a goal and 2 assists from Crosby, 2 goals from Malkin, and 2 assists from Letang, the big 3 were what you’d expect them to be in helping Marc-Andre Fleury pick up his 300th career win.  After this past weekend, this is the type of game you’d want to see the Penguins play.  Even better that it came against Boston.

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Game 20: Penguins @ Bruins

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Penguinsvs.Bruins
13-4-2; 28 points, Metropolitan Division13-9-0; 26 points, Atlantic Division
7:00PM - TD Garden - Boston, MA - NBCSN, ROOT, TVA, SN, NESN
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The Penguins continue their way up the coast as they ship up to Boston for a Monday night matchup with the artists formerly known as the Boston Bruins. Never a dull moment in these games. Lots of hatred between these two teams for lots of different reasons, even if a lot of the faces have changed or won’t be in the lineup.

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Breathe In, Breathe Out. Islanders Top Pens 4-1

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Errey and that other guy that talks mentioned multiple times throughout the broadcast that despite the low scoreline (when it was still 1-1) the game was very wide open and that the goalies were both solid. The first part of that was true, as both teams were just cruising, but neither goalie had to face many quality shots through the first two periods. Blocked and missed shots were plentiful, and neither goalie stood on his head. Halak was able to play the entire game that way, but Greiss wasn’t as fortunate, letting up 3 goals in the third period when the Isles started actually hitting the net with their shots.

“We didn’t have a good third period, and they raised their game.  They were more intense than we were in the back-to-back.” - Sidney Crosby, via ESPN

How often do you expect that to happen?  If you answered “few” then we think you’re right and this team will be okay.

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