Pens vs. Devils: 24 Oct 2006

Lost: 2 jock straps
If found, please return to:
    Brad Lukowich and Martin Brodeur
    New Jersey Devils
    Continental Airlines Arena
    East Rutherford, NJ, USA

Right about now, the Devils are probably wishing Ryan Malone hadn't broken his arm. Because Malone is out 4-6 weeks, the Pens had to shuffle some lines. The first line is now Sidney Crosby, Colby Armstrong, and Evgeni Malkin. Witness the results.

Meanwhile, on the will-they-stay-or-will-they-go front, Kris Letang was a healthy scratch tonight, as Noah Welch was called up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. It looks like Letang will be returned to his junior team, which is probably a good idea for a defenseman. Jordan Staal, on the other hand, was promoted to the second line to take Malkin's place beside Mark Recchi and Nils Ekman, and scored his first even-strength goal of the season. Staal has also been our best penalty killer so far this year, which is remarkable for a kid right out of juniors. This is going to be the first really difficult decision of Ray Shero's career as a GM.

Update: Turns out Letang wasn't a healthy scratch after all. He was out with a stomach bug. I still don't like his chances of staying, though. His ice time has been steadily dropping.

Final Score: Pens 4, Devils 2, days since the last time the Penguins had sole possession of first place in the Atlantic: let's see… carry the two… November 2002. You do the math!

Stars of the game:

  1. Evgeni Malkin (1 OMFG G, 1A)
  2. Sidney Crosby (1G, 1A)
  3. Nils Ekman (1G, 1A)

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