Saturday, November 9, 2013

Pens vs Blue Jackets, November 1, 2013

Replay may have shown that Geno's third period power play shot didn't cross the goal line, keeping him off the board and extending his goalless streak to seven games, but that didn't keep him from racking up two assists and earning first star of the game honors in the Pens 4-2 win over Columbus at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh Friday night.

Check out our photos from the game after the jump.

Sergei Bobrovsky usually plays well enough in Pittsburgh that by the end of the game he is listed as owner on both the team's and the arena's Wikipedia pages.  That wouldn't be the case in this one as the Pens got to him early and often, torching him for three goals on their first seven shots and bringing Columbus backup McElhiney into the game.

This was our first time seeing Dubinsky since he went to Columbus.  He and Knitting Lady have a bit of history dating back to the 2008 playoffs, and he doesn't seem to have forgotten as I caught him staring over at us a couple of times.

It's always nice having Letestu back in town.

It was also our first chance of the season to see Letang on the ice.

Let's get it on!

The Pens got on the board early after a sweet tip-in by Kunitz.

Sutter made it 2-0 early in the second.

Wisniewski went to the box for a delay of game call, which led to Tanger's power play goal and a 3-0 lead.  That would be the end of Bobrovsky's night.

Pens rookie Jayson Megna scored to make it 4-0.  

Too early to turn the lights out on this one with over half the game remaining.
Fleury would still have to make a few saves as the Jackets managed to at least throw some rubber his way.

MacKenzie got a sweet goal of his own to put Columbus on the board.

Nisky and Comeau got into it at the end of the second.

This was a pretty quite game for rookie sensation Olli Maatta but it was still fun to see how well he moves out there.

Dubinsky went to the box early in the third for holding Sid, giving the Pens another power play opportunity.  Geno appeared to cash in and end his scoring drought.

My photographic evidence above was inconclusive, but the video replay clearly showed that Geno's shot didn't cross the line, something that Geno appeared to know all along.  Funny to watch Tanger's expression change as he becomes aware that this one isn't going to count.

Had to get a few more shots of Columbus players for Wikipedia updates.

Hey Jussi, you're not the only one happy to have Tanger back out there.

Megna got third star of the game.
Fleury was named second star with his 37-save performance.

First star for Geno

A mustachioed Fleury did the postgame interview with Potash.

It was on to Columbus for another meeting the next night.
More photos to come from that one!

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