Any game that ends with a Geno interview is a good game.
And any day spent watching hockey is a good day.
That's just what Knitting Lady and I got to do this past weekend
after a 3-month hiatus brought on by the Olympic break and a generally crappy schedule.
The Pens didn't disappoint in this one.
Sure, we have some key injuries,
but there were enough stars shining Saturday afternoon
to get the win against a Tampa team that is comfortably
ensconced in a top-3 spot in the Atlantic Division.
So sit back and enjoy our pics from the game after the jump.
Zatkoff leads the boys onto the ice for warm-ups.
He would get the start in the first of back-to-back games this weekend.
There were some new faces since our last visit.
Have to get shots of the new guys so we
can update those wikipedia pages.
Don't you hate those guys who spend the whole game on their blackberry?
After recording just six shots on goal in the first period,
the Pens finally started getting to their game in the second.
Sid opened the scoring off a nice feed from Geno.
The second assist, originally credited to Niskanen, was switched
to goalie Jeff Zatkoff, his first career NHL point.
Valtteri Filppula evened things up late in the period,
assisted by Stamkos.
Oh yeah, Ryan Callahan's on the Lightning now.
Almost wouldn't have known from watching this game.
Wait, is that...
yep, Aberforth Dumbledore getting a few shots through the mouse-hole.
The always dangerous Mr. Stamkos gave Tampa a brief lead midway through the period.
Geno got the next two,
one on the power play
and then a gorgeous backhander over Tampa goalie Lindback.
Jokinen explains that he could have made that shot
with his eyes closed.
The Pens were back on top 3-2 with just over three minutes to play.
Unfortunately the Lightning weren't planning on leaving town without
getting at least one point,
as Ondrej Palat scored to make it 3-3.
"Who's a good boy? You're a good boy!"
Head pats for everyone.
Tampa goal celebrations need some work.
(Caption courtesy of Nanarama).
This one was headed to overtime.
Bonus hockey, right?
Tampa apparently forgot it was 4-on-4 in OT,
picking up a call for too many men on the ice
and sending the Pens on the power play.
Didn't take long as James Neal got the game winner just sixteen seconds later.
Geno and Sid with the assists.
*** 3 Stars ***
Some Tampa guy got third star.
Second star to Sid with one goal and two helpers.
Geno was clearly the first star in this one,
finishing with two goals and two assists.
And so we were treated to the aforementioned
Potash interview with Geno.
The crowd interrupted with chants of
GENO! GENO! GENO!
Great job, Dan.
So the Pens got a win against a probable Eastern Conference playoff team.
Who knows, maybe we'll get to face these guys and get a little revenge from 2011.
We would be back the next day for some more hockey action.
Pics from that game will be coming soon!