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Plus/Minus: Penguins 5, Canadiens 4

February 20, 2009

habsatpensWelcome to another edition of Half Ass Recap, a.k.a. Plus/Minus.

The Pens defeated the Canadiens last night, 5-4. Pittsburgh didn’t totally dominate Montréal, but with the implementation of the Bylsma system and a change in attitude, the Pens definitely earned the two points.

Plus:

The Bylsma System. Bylsma must have uttered the words “speed” and “aggression” about fifty times this week. Speed and aggresion did indeed show up at Mellon Arena last night. Case in point: Did I see Miro Satan forecheck? Go to the boards? I did indeed.

Third period. Holy hell. I almost puked from awesome overload. The Bylsma system really started to click.

D-men. This is the first game in a while that I didn’t find myself wanting to stab Ryan Whitney. All around improved, but not perfect, effort from the blueliners. They were actually able to clear the puck from their own zone. Whoa.

Attitude. “Yes, they came back but everybody on the bench said, ‘OK, we can still do this.They came back and the game was tied, but we kind of knew we were going to win that game. The way we played all night, and guys were not worried like the way we have been in the last couple of months. If that game would have happened a couple of months ago, guys would have been like, ‘Oh, here we go again.’ But tonight the guys were upbeat and we knew we could win.” -Max Talbot.

Sergei Gonchar. What shoulder surgery?

Max Talbot. First goal in a million years.

Minus:

Marc-Andre Fleury. Not his best game.

Crappy calls. Among other things: Rob Scuderi was clipped in the face- no call. Brooks Orpik called for some BS hooking.

Kris Letang. A healthy scratch? Start the panic: awaiting a trade? Secret injury?

Overall: +3 (+6, -3)

Two points closer to the magic number (91).  Big weekend: At Philly on Saturday, at Washington on Sunday. If the Pens keep up this effort, I have no worries about April.

Go Pens.

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