Sinking Ships and Wilting Flowers: Pittsburgh Penguins Fall to Capitals at Home

WoooooSenior Writer IJanuary 14, 2009

Is it even possible for a game to turn around so much from one period to the next?

The Pens were dominating the ice during the first 40 minutes of action. Of course, they didn't have a lead to show for it, but by now, that's pretty much expected.

Perhaps the lackluster play of Fleury was at least one reason for the third period melt down. Losing Rob Scuderi would be enough to cause a melt down at an igloo in Central Siberia, so causing one in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania wasn't asking too much.

Hal Gill was about minus-17 tonight. How does someone that slow ever make their high school hockey team, let alone the NHL. Granted, he is solid on the PK, or at least he used to be.

Scuds got smacked in the face by a Mike Green slap shot in the first period. Before he left the ice (to be honest I wasn't even sure he would leave the ice but someone probably told him his teammates would be embarrassed the next 400 times they got hurt and left the ice if Scuds stayed on) Scuderi turned in one of the best shifts of hockey of all time.

On another team he would have been rewarded with a goal or someone would have tossed him a big ass Snickers bar on the bench, but on the Penguins, he gets his face broken. That's just the way things are going right now.

Ovechkin called Crosby a pussy before the start of the third period. Ovugly scored a goal, Whitney answered, then the Caps scored three more.

Hearing Paul Steigerwald blow Ovechkin for 60 minutes over the broadcast waves was probably one of the most annoying things I have ever experienced.

Steiggy is a joke and belongs on VERSUS. Get Bob someone who is, at the very least, tolerable.

The WB/S'ers were garbage tonight. Dustin Jeffrey has an assist beside his name on the score sheet, but what's missing are the eight turnovers, four shots that sailed over the net, and three failed dump-in attempts he racked up tonight.

Supposedly Chris Minard is like a god in the AHL or something. He is garbage at the NHL level. If Chris Minard is your second line winger, well, refer to the picture at the top of this post.

Malkin tried to take the game over in the dying minutes, but even he couldn't do it alone. Besides the two garbage goals and the 26 shots OV8 racked up, Malkin made him look sick.

Ojokekin registered 10 shots on goal tonight, at least 8 more missed the net. He is a fiery bastard isn't he? There were multiple times that Bob Errey sounded like he wanted to reach across the bench and personally remove Ovechkin's face from the rest of his head.

Talbot got hurt in the second period, Sid went off late in the third, favoring his left leg. Too bad Steigerwald didn't sprain his tongue.

The Pens are potentially looking at being without Gonchar, Crosby, Dupuis, Talbot, Fedotenko, Zigomanis, Scuderi all in the same game. If that happens, wow.

Anaheim on Friday. Who knows...