Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Pens vs Flames, December 21, 2013

The Penguins entered Saturday's game against Calgary with a few streaks going.
They had won six in a row, nine straight at home.
Sid had a nine game point streak.
Knitting Lady and I had our own 18-game regular season winning streak on the line.

Luckily the Pens played well enough to get the win and keep the streaks alive (though Ottawa would ruin that a few days later).

This one presented a great chance for us to see all the new guys who are getting their shot due to injuries and suspensions.  
This would be our first chance to see guys like Dumoulin, Sill and Samuelsson at the NHL level. 
And it would be our first look at Zolnierczyk and Conner since they joined (or returned to) the team.

It would also provide a good 1-game tryout for the Canon SL1 that KL got me for Christmas.

So there was plenty to be excited about.  Check out our photos after the jump.

We didn't have to wait 'til game time for our first glimpse at the new guys, as we bumped into a few of them the morning of the game and got some great "sock" pictures:


With the injury bug sweeping the team, not surprising to see head trainer Chris Stewart's concerned look before the game.

Neal looks happy in his second game back since serving a 5-game suspension.

But then he seems to spot something, maybe up in Mario's suite.

What's he thinking about?



The Pens drew first blood midway through the period as Pascal Dupuis picked up his 7th goal of the season.

Just over a minute later, Zolnierczyk scored his first goal since joining the team, tipping in Bortuzzo's shot.
2-0 Pens. 

Borts would add an assist later for his first multi-point game in the NHL.

Fleury kept the Flames off the board in the first.

Calgary got one early in the second, but Sid responded with a beautiful snipe to reclaim the 2-goal lead.
Below Sid demonstrates that he could have scored that one with his eyes closed.
Yeah, okay Sid.

The Pens fourth goal was initially credited to James Neal but would later be switched to Niskanen.
Whoever scored it, the Pens were up 4-1 and rolling.

Well, they were rolling for about 19 seconds until Camalaria scored in the final minute of the period to cut the lead to 4-2.

To make things really interesting, Hudler cut the Pens lead to one just over a minute into the third.

Fleury was able to hold onto the lead the rest of the way, ready to pounce on any loose pucks.

Great look from Nisky as he tries to figure out how Maatta is already so good.

Yeah, good talk everyone.  Fist bump?  No?  Okay.

Fleury had some fun late in the third, sweeping Colborne's helmet to the side boards after a mild scrum in the crease.  This allowed the fans, and Iceburgh, a chance to troll the Flames center when he went to retrieve his bucket.

A late timeout and a bit of strategy were enough to secure the win.

Fans of opposing teams seem to think the Pens captain is a bit full of himself, but his head isn't really that big, is it?

With a goal and two assists, Sid was named first star of the game.

Well, another Pens win.
And a decent showing for the new Canon, I'd say.

Thanks to a pretty crappy January schedule and the Olympic break in February, we won't get back to the burgh until March.  Looking forward to bringing you more pics, but until then...


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