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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Highlights and Recap by @pghgirl15222 and @MadChad412

Marc Andre Fleury showed why he has a Stanley Cup en route to winning the first of two games against the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday night at CONSOL Energy Center. Fleury stopped a season high 37 shots while reminding the Penguins why he was drafted first overall in the 2003 draft. Fleury was simply amazing, and yes we understand that, it only matters what he does in the playoffs. :)

I think some of us wondered what kind of acrobatic classes MAF took in the offseason and Dan Bylsma gave credit stating: "I thought Marc-Andre was without question the best player on the ice tonight.”

Columbus had a strong first period, throwing 15 shots at Fleury but after that it was all Penguins. Chris Kunitz had a first period goal, and Brandon Sutter, Kris Letang, and Jayson Megna, all added goals in the second period to give the Penguins a 4-0 lead.

Fun fact pointed out by our friend Mike Darnay, Kunitz has scored all six of his goals this year within five feet of the crease. Go to the net and good things happen.

Megna has been fantastic since being called up. Megna has two goals in three games and has played very good two-way hockey. He also hasn't looked out of place playing with Evgeni Malkin at all. If Megna continues to play anywhere near the way he has, we think it's safe to say that he'll have a permanent spot in the lineup.

Sutter's goal was another great snipe, which makes that two games in a row that he completely picked apart a goalie for a big goal. Our friend Jesse Marshall, of Face-off Factor has said all year that Sutter has been the Pens' most underrated player.

Robert Bortuzzo continues to impress, having another stellar night on defence, playing over 18 minutes, netting six shots on goal, 3 blocked shots, 2 hits, and a takeaway. Bortuzzo is going to be another guy that's going to make lineup decisions tough if and when the Pens actually have a healthy roster.

Derek MacKenzie had a second period goal for the Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen but in the end there was not enough fuel in the tank against a Penguins team that refused to ease up.

To add insult to injury, Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky got pulled for Curtis McElhinney. Not a good look. Pittsburgh also capitalized on two power play goals, which is huge for a team that needed improvement in aspect.

They will continue tonight in Columbus at 7:00 PM against the Blue Jackets again.

Oh, and Sidney Crosby has 22 points. Just in case anyone forgot.

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