Penguins love me back, lead series vs. Rangers 3-1
It was another good night at Camp Pants, but let’s not get too excited yet. I mean, in-game it’s fine to look like this picture I found by searching “Gibbons gif:”
It’s exactly what Penguins’ fans looked like after the gif I really wanted:
He meant to do that, right? The fantastic Brian “Cookie Van” Gibbons, who almost wrote his own short joke by scoring shorthanded? Instead he served it up for BSutts and maximum @alisonsykora reaction.
I celebrated with half a pizza and some chicken wings, because I am American.
The Pens had the upper hand all night long, increasing their hold as the game wore on and avoiding the too-common whirlpools of stupidity that have allowed opponents back into so many games. There was quite a lot of doom-speaking from the commentators about the NYR… “lowest point of the year” and so on. They said it, not I. I learn too many superstitious lessons during playoffs, only to forget them all summer long.
The Rangers were held to 15 shots all game. Four of those came from Rick Nash, who is pushing so hard he’s going to end up in the zamboni tunnel one of these shifts. That Mats Zuccarello is is quite good, I will begrudgingly admit.
Who else is in beastmode? Malkin-Crosby-Kunitz. They combined for nine shots, five points and Sid won 67% of his faceoffs. I do so love Malkin/Crosby together – when they are clicking it’s great fun to watch. Back in Pittsburgh Friday night it’ll be even more possible to keep them on-ice when Girardi and McDonaugh are off.
We still need one more win, of course. Let’s not call something over until there is no more pizza to eat.
It was almost a luxury to have only one game last night, because how else am I supposed to catch up on Game of Thrones? Back to the grind tomorrow, as the Bruins try to even their series with Montreal and the Kings look to win a 7th straight and go up 3-0 on Anaheim. Anyone think the Ducks are getting back in it?
Side note: Sansa, you are an insufferable wet rag. More Arya, please.Tags: New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins