With a win over division rivals, New Jersey Devil’s, the Penguins clinched their second straight playoff appearance last night. Not one of the most exciting games of the year, but the bottom line is the Pens got the job done. With the win the Penguins also climb to the top of the Atlantic division with 95 points, that is 4 points ahead of the 2nd place Devils (91). It is only one point behind the Eastern conference leaders Montreal Canadians (96).
The Penguins were led last night by flower power, as Marc Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots to record his 4th shut out of his injury shortened season. The Flower looked sharp, especially one day after Ty Conklin looked shaky giving up 4 goals to the Islanders. Fleury looks ready for the playoffs, but we have seen flashes of brilliance from him before followed by mediocrity.
Malone got his career high 27th goal of the year last night and Marian Hossa added an empty net goal at the end to give the Pens a 2-0 win. Next up for the Pen’s is the Islanders at home Thursday night. Look for Sid the Kid to possibly make his return to the lineup in this game.
The Flower looks playoff ready...
A couple links
Dejuan Blair is is crying about the officiating in Pitt’s Saturday night loss to Michigan St. (He better get used to the refs calling the games tighter in the NCAA tourney cuz it happens every year).
We had a Booger McFarland and Greg Warren link all ready to go, but apparently we didn't sign Booger (and no one cares), so there goes that. We did sign Warren though (and no one cares)
The Pirates have one of their few pitching prospects for second-rate Atlanta Braves right-handed reliever Tyler Yates. Bucco’s also released pitcher’s Jaret Wright and Byung-Hyun Kim.
And finally, we had another link about the Red Sox winning the baseball opener in Japan yesterday over the A's, but since the A's won today (thus meaning they traveled thousands of miles to go 1-1), I figured it wasn't even worth a link. Screw the American League - if it ain't the Buccos, I don't care.
Well, at least until we're 20 games under .500, then I'll prolly get back on my Red Sox bandwagon I've been on since I was 10. But for now, we'll leave it as simple as this - the city of Boston sucks and I hope Gillette Stadium burns to the ground with Belicheck inside...