RECAP 42: Some Devil. Pens Crush Devs 5-2 feat. Dave & Tim Reynolds

RECAP 42: Some Devil. Pens Crush Devs 5-2 feat. Dave & Tim Reynolds

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RECAP 42: Some Devil. Pens Crush Devs 5-2 feat. Dave & Tim Reynolds

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It was 80 degrees in April with COVID taking a beating on the ropes.  Restrictions were getting lifted.  The Cubs were in town.  Bob Nutting remains the greatest owner in sports.  If you have any courage, you’re hungover today.

These games against the Devils can’t end soon enough.  Let’s just get right into it.

1ST PERIOD

Pens apparently were not at the Carson City Saloon rooftop last night.  Looking sharp early.

PIT GOAL – Sceviour (4) Pettersson, Blueger [2:35] 1-0 PIT

Nice turnover by pipsqueak Hughes to start the sequence.  Good job by Sceviour sticking with the play.  Also #nice to see Bluegs on the score sheet early.  Not long after….

PIT GOAL – Sceviour (5) A: Matheson, Ceci [5:26] 2-0 PIT

Sceviour maybe wasn’t happy about being put on waivers.  He’s obviously trying to avoid the Jankowski treatment.  Talk about an overdue press box pretzel for that guy.

The turd in Lafferty’s punch bowl remains potent. He had a great chance to make it 3-0 on the next shift, but popped a backhand into Blackwood’s chest.

Miles Wood took a break from doing designer drugs with his rich parents and scored another goal.  He will be a massive pain in the ass for the next 5 years or so. Sick player.

NJD GOAL – Wood (14) A: Vatanen, Bratt [17:14] 2-1 PIT

Went to intermission with some idiot on the Devils who looked 36 being interviewed in his first NHL game.  Pens were doubling up the Devils in shots 10-5.

2ND PERIOD

I think the Pens spent the entire first 6 minutes in their own zone.  Luckily, Jarry had taken his spinach.

Is it me or does Cody Ceci have a giant head? If he wasn’t so damn good, I probably would have started calling him Blockhead or something by now.

But seriously, the Penguins sucked tits for most of the period.  One (1) shot through 8 minutes.  Lafferty hooked pizza face Hughes to send the Devs to the game’s first PP, but they killed it.

Marino had one teed up Laces Out for the Penguins’ best chance of the period, but Blackwood made himself tall in net.

Knowing how dumb this sport is, Devils fans were probably expecting what happened in the final minute.

PIT GOAL – Rust (17) A: Dumoulin, Letang[19:20] 3-1 PIT

Rust refuses to celebrate.

As you can see – Devils Head Coach Scruff McGruff challenged the play for goaltender interference, but the refs upheld it.  Could have gone either way if we’re being honest.  The Devils were assessed a 2-minute minor for their trouble, but the Penguins’ power play couldn’t cash in before the buzzer.

3RD PERIOD

Penguins powerplay looked like the goddam globetrotters.  They made Lindy Ruff pay for the failed challenge.

PIT GOAL – Guentzel (18) A: Rust, McCann [1:19] 4-1 PIT

Mears and Errey were too busy talking about Jake Shakes or something to comment on what an unbelievable pass that was by Rust. Surreal.

Following a face-off, Jarry made an unbelievable glove save on Shenderovich Shenderovich & Fishman in front.  There was plenty of time left, but you kind of felt like that was a sign that it just wasn’t the Devil’s night.

For those of us that watch the games via the NHL app, here’s that bizarre Lion’s Den commercial that played 65 times.  Just in case you wanted to watch it again.

PK Soupcan made a nice move on Ceci which resulted in a bizarre goal.

NJD GOAL – Subban (4) Unassisted [7:30] 4-2 PIT

Tim Peel must have been behind the call that allowed the goal to stand.  Pretty obvious he pushes Jarry in, but whatever, I guess we’re even.

In a terrifying moment, Hughes fired a seemingly harmless shot on net, but it somehow got behind Jarry and clanged off the post.  Jarry sat down on the puck and farted on it to neutralize the threat.

Ted Blueger shot it over the glass and sent to Devils to a game-defining powerplay.  Killed, and Jarry was the difference.

Devils pulled the goalie with like 3 minutes left.  Pens played with their dingys for a while but eventually Bake put it away.  See below – ballgame.

PIT GOAL – Guentzel (19) A: Crosby, Matheson [18:37] 5-2 PIT

RANDOM THOUGHTS:

  • Go ahead. Tell me how lame Dave is on Twitter.  See if I give a shit. @GooeyHockey
  • But seriously.  Almost went with Runnin’ With the Devil, but Van Halen is much more “Friday afternoon” than “Sunday night”.
  • How many games in a row is that 4+ goals?  No need for Malkin to play when he’s healthy.  Trade him on Monday.
  • Bounce-back game for Jarry?  Bounce-back game for Jarry.
  • Seems like 1st Line is a problem for opponents.  Rust / Crosby / Guentzel are like the Sedin twins out there, but not as creepy and they don’t make out.
  • Power Play decisions will be interesting when the Pens get healthy.  Everyone looks like they’re competing to stay on the top line.  Good problem to have.

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