Pittsburgh Penguins-New York Islanders: Destiny Finally Found Her Way Home!

Dominic ErricoCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2010

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 13:  Eric Tangradi #26 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 13, 2010 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Let’s offer up some first thoughts on two really big firsts.

Congratulations to Eric Tangradi on his first NHL goal, which he scored in the first-ever win for the Penguins at the Consol Energy Center.

Thank god I don’t have to hear Steigy say that 1,492 more times in the next home game. Seriously, dude, get some new material.

One-for-eight on the power play is quite simply awful. Here’s a tip. SHOOT the %#^%&$ puck! Here let me do a quick play by play summary of a Penguins power play for you.

Goligoski passes to Malkin….
Malkin to Crosby, back to Letang.
Letang over to Malkin.
In deep to Crosby.
Crosby…passes it out to Goligoski over to Malkin.
Malkin…to Letang.
Letang holds it, waits and passes to Crosby.
Crosby to Malkin….

Repeat this cycle for 30 more seconds before someone misplays the puck.

The Pens are now operating at 15 percent on the power play, and that’s with 20 total power plays, which is the second highest in the league. Needless to say, that’s abysmal.

Absolutely embarrassing that the refs gave Kris Letang a five-minute major and a game misconduct for a perfectly clean hit. It’s not Letang’s fault the idiot doesn’t know how to tighten his chin strap.

I can understand the refs and the league want to protect players, but anyone with any sort of eyesight could see the replays clearly showed it was shoulder-to-shoulder contact.

There was no elbow to the head, in fact Letang never even made contact with Comeau’s head. A complete BS call.

Shame the Penguins couldn’t hold off the Islanders from scoring goals on that BS Power play because otherwise the Islanders did nothing all night.

What a big game for Brent Johnson, who is now 2-0 on the season. I know Fleury, who is 0-3, is your top netminder, but there’s something to be said for riding the hot hand.

Johnson has just looked a lot more comfortable out there so far this year, not to mention he’s been statistically better in every way.

He made big save after big save tonight to keep the game knotted at two. If I’m Disco Dan Byslma, I don’t know how you don’t keep playing Johnson until he cools off.

Anyways I'm just glad the Penguins got their two points on the night. They were clearly the better team tonight. Time for some payback against the Philly Cryers.

The Voice says...LET'S GO PENS!!!