Penguins-Red Wings: Powder Blue Balls

WoooooSenior Writer IFebruary 8, 2009

The Pittsburgh Penguins' powder blue third jerseys were cool when they wore them for the Winter Classic last year.

It was nice to see something a little different the first two times they wore them this season. But now, they are played out. History or no history, black and gold are the only two colors associated with Pittsburgh nowadays.

This game brought back some sour memories of June 2008 for Penguins fans.

The Wings came to town and played their usual clutch-and-grab game all night. They took 45 penalties in the first period and the Penguins failed to capitalize on any of them.

Ty Conklin got the shutout victory for the boys from Joketown, but he was really only tested three or four times in the game.

The Penguins weren't playing to win this game; they were playing not to lose it.

That strategy might work against the Columbus Blue Jackets or the New York Islanders, but against a real deal team like the Wings, you're going to get burnt.

Benedict Hossa notched his 30th goal of the season and silenced the boo birds of the Mellon Arena halfway through the third period.

The broadcasting team on NBC gets more obnoxious every week.

If Sidney Crosby would have been concentrating on playing hockey instead of hacking at the ankles of every Wing that bodied up on him, he might have registered a shot on goal today.

It probably didn't help that he was playing with Mr. One Dimensional Pascal Dupuis and Tyler Kennedy for the majority of the game, but Sid has got to be more focused.

The Wings did a solid job of shutting down Crosby and Malkin all afternoon, and it resulted in them pulling themselves within two points of the Western Conference-leading San Jose Sharks.

Marc-Andre Fleury gave up more rebounds than a group of jocks at your high school prom in the game. And the Wings, unlike the Penguins, capitalized on the scoring opportunities.

The only interesting piece of information Mike Emrick offered during the game was a preview of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. A gold medal matchup between Russia and Canada is what dreams are made of right now.

The Pens once again failed to capitalize on a chance to move into the eighth seed in the East and will host the aforementioned Sharks team on Wednesday night.