Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Conn Smythe Nomination: ECF Game #1

Dammit, I don't know where Denson is, and I hate writing about the Penguins, that's his wheelhouse. Frankly, after the 2 PP's in the first 5 minutes and the Satan-out-of-the-box goal, I decided I was better served watching the Kelowna - Drummondville Memorial Cup game. But I did see enough of the Pens / Canes to know the story.

I may hate him most for this very picture. - Vance

Cam Ward was good, but Marc-Andre Fleury was better. I'm not going to go as far as to say he stole that game, but he certainly did exude the confidence that the Pens needed to hold on, a confidence that up to this point, I'm not really sure he had (especially when handling the puck, Jesus). He did only finish the night with 23 saves, but they were an important set of 23 saves, for certain (as if saving the puck isn't important in the game of hockey, what a stupid effing sentence I wrote).

In standard quote template #6, Crosby had this to say, "We didn't get the start we wanted. They got some quality chances early on. Usually when you are at home, you're not talking about weathering the storm, but he did that for us tonight." Now I know this is nitpicking, but Sydney (spelled incorrectly on purpose), holding a 2-0 lead 10 minutes into the game is usually, usually, a pretty good start. I'm not sayin', I'm just saying.

Honorable mentions to the benched brothers, Miroslav Satan and Phillipe Boucher for making the most of their minutes, and Chad LaRose for giving a damn for 60 minutes instead of the rest of the Canes, who only cared for about 15.

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