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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Pens Get Outshot Again, But Win 2nd Straight!

Despite being outshot once again, the Penguins were able to knock off the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 last night at the Igloo.

I was unable to watch the game as I was continuing down the long road of earning my PBA card. Look out Pete Weber, I'm coming for you.

Anyway, from what I have seen of the game I've noticed a couple things that look different.

First off, what has gotten into Kris Letang? Kid must be eating his Wheaties because his shot looks harder and harder with every game. Not to mention the sniper-like accuracy he's showing of late. His first goal last night was kind of flukey, but the second one was a thing of beauty.

Sidney Crosby enters the zone and lays a nice little drop pass to Letang who uncorks a wrister from the left faceoff dot to the shelf over Wade Dubielewicz's shoulder.

Incredible shot. Here's some highlights for your viewing pleasure from our good friends at

The other thing I noticed was that Marc-Andre Fleury appears to be returning to form. Of course now that I've said this, he's screwed. I can tell the hockey gods aren't looking down on me in an approving manner right now, but it's true.

Fleury looks much more confident and controlled in the paint of late. He's making the saves he should be making and is making the big saves when the team needs him to.

The Penguins feed off Fleury when he gets in a groove. He'll make a big save he probably shouldn't have made and the Pens go back the other way and get a scoring chance of their own.

For a team who has appeared to lack heart and drive of late, maybe the confidence of winning two in a row at home will mean good things for tomorrow's match-up with Judas and Detroit. (Yeah, I'm still bitter about Hossa rejecting a multi-year deal to go try and get a charity ring with the Wings so he will forever be referred to as Judas.)

The Pens were able to get a wild 7-6 win over the Wings earlier this season when Jordan Staal took control and scored a hat trick to get them back into it. If they are able to come out tomorrow and get a huge win over the Wings you can bet the rest of the league will groan in unison about the Pens being out of the funk.

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