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Monday, March 25, 2013

Puckmania Weekly Blog: March of the Penguins

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Puckmania Weekly Blog
By Wild on Sports NHL Analyst Josh Tarr
March 25, 2013
March of the Penguins

My pick for game of the week was an easy one. Look no further than last nights contest between the Penguins and Flyers.

Games between these two teams are always very entertaining and unpredictable, and this one was no different. Despite Pittsburgh riding an 11 game winning streak into this game, Philadelphia played some excellent defense the entire game holding the Penguins to no goals for most of the game.

The Flyers scored first in the second period off a long wrist shot by Claude Giroux on the power play. Giroux showed much craftsmanship on the play by taking the puck into the offensive zone, passing it off a Pittsburgh defender and shooting the puck on the rebound.

Ilya Bryzgalov had one of his best performances of the year, stopping 33 shots on goal in a rare night where he was the Flyers best player. Those saves would not be enough as Sidney Crosby slapped in a one-time pass through Bryzgalov’s five-hole late in the third period. Tyler Kennedy buried the game winner halfway through overtime right over the glove of Bryz.

It’s the March of the Penguins in the NHL...Literally.
They are by far the leagues most dominant team and in the month of March, they are 12-0-0. They have also acquired Dallas Stars captain Brandon Morrow and San Jose Sharks tough guy Doug Murray. The Penguins are still believed to be top contenders to acquire Jarome Iginla from Calgary. Just imagine how good this team will be once Malkin and Letang return.

My Three stars of the week:

3: Nazem Kadri: (LW Toronto)
This guy is quietly leading the Leafs in goals scored and plus minus this year, partially to do with his offensive stats this week. In four games this week, Kadri is a +4 with 3 goals and 4 assists.

2: Cory Schneider: (G Vancouver)
Just when everybody thought the Canucks were free falling, Cory Schneider steps up his game with four wins in four straight starts allowing only five goals. He also shut out the Kings Saturday afternoon 1-0.

1: Alexander Ovechkin: (LW Washington)
Hey, where did the critics go? 
Five goals, three assists and a +3 in four games this last week as the caps have won three in a row. I seriously hope this is just the beginning of Ovechkin, he has way too much talent to not be an elite force in the league.


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