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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Crosby and Fleury Shine: Pens/Oilers Recap by @pghgirl15222 and @MadChad412

The Penguins are 4-0 at home!

Let that sink in for a second. This is a team, that last year, could not seem to get it together in the beginning at home. Now they are 40. Oh, and their first line is arguably the best line in hockey. So there’s that.

In the Oilers' defense, the game was much closer than anyone thought it would be. They have  a lot of young talent and you could tell they were playing with a chip of their shoulder. They also did a great job of using their speed, much like the New York Islanders did in the first round of playoffs last year, to create chances against the Pens.

In the end though they just could not compete with the Penguins. Fleury faced 22 shots, only allowing 2 goals, and made some spectacular saves in the win. Fleury is now 5-0 on the season, 4-0 at home. Fleury's off to the best start in his career, only allowing 9 goals in first 5 games. At home, Fleury has been unreal, boasting a 1.25 G.A.A and a .952 save percentage.

Sidney Crosby reminded us of why he’s the best, adding three assists. He currently leads the lead with 12 points and is on pace for 164 points.Right now, Crosby has more points on the season (12) than five teams have total goals, including the Pens' next opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers. Enough said.

Malkin finally scored against every team in the NHL adding a goal on a power play that was a result to a cheap stick in the face to Crosby at 7:20 in the third. Pascal Dupuis scored in the first, and Chris Kunitz in the second period to keep the Pens rolling. Kunitz's goal was mostly thanks to an amazing effort by Crosby, who showed some of the best footwork and hand-eye coordination I have ever seen in the NHL.

 The Penguins threw up 28 shots against goalie Jason LaBarbera, who made some lucky saves, and dominated the first 20 minutes of the game.

The moral of this story? The Pens are clicking and will only get better when some of their starters return to the lineup. Kris Letang is skating again, Beau is day to day and the biggest question mark is James Neal, who was recently placed on IR. This is exciting hockey to watch and they are playing like a team confident with their skill set.

The adventure will continue on Thursday when they play in Philadelphia at 7:00 PM-you know against that guy Claude Giroux, who Crosby passed the best player baton to. See you then.

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