Let’s start with this: There is no goalie controversy in Pittsburgh! Sure, Brent Johnson is 4-0 and is in the top 5 in every major statistical category when it comes to goalies, but this is the simple example of a team riding a hot goalie and will continue to do so until he loses a game. The question has been asked over and over in the past week, “What does Marc-Andre Fleury think of all of this?”
It’s easy: He’s happy about it!
If you place the over/under on how many games Fleury would have played this season off the jump, the number would probably be 65. That is quite the workload for a goalie. If someone told Marc that he’d only play 50 and the Pens win the division, he’d be the first one to jump all over that idea. The Pens #1 goalie is, and will be Marc-Andre Fleury, and the less games he plays earlier in the season, the better it will be come April, May, and hopefully June.
The Pens turned in another solid performance with many positive things to hit on. First, the power play scored two quick goals in the first period. Speaking of the power play, Mark Letestu notched his 4th goal of the season on the first PPG. Letestu now leads all rookies in goals and points. Although it’s early in the season, Letestu has almost locked up a roster spot even when the likes of Staal and Asham return, and not for nothing, his production has made the spelling of his name so much easier to remember.
The Penguins have always been a classy organization, and last night’s game was no exception. The “thank you” video they produced for Sergei Gonchar was extremely well-made, and absolutely necessary. Gonchar gave 5 incredible years to the Penguins and simply left because the Pens weren’t willing to give him the 3rd year he desperately wanted on his new contact. The 2009 Stanley Cup banner would not be hanging high above Consol Energy Center without the contributions of #55. Penguins’ fans should also be recognized for not booing Gonch when he touched the puck. Gonchar is one of the all-time great Penguins and it was nice that the fans and the organization responded accordingly.
So now the Pens hit the road for 4 straight road games riding a 3 game winning streak and tied atop of the Atlantic Division with the New York Islanders. Jordan Staal, Aaron Asham, and Brooks Oprik are all back to practice and quickly approaching return dates. Hockey season is starting to heat yup, and so is the Pittsburgh Penguins.