This was an easy one to break down. The Pens out-hustled Carolina whistle to whistle. Out-shot them, too, 37-31. And aggressive penalty killing led to a number of short-handed breaks (but no short-handed goals). Simple, right?
Carolina managed to get through the game with no more significant injury than a shiner to Rod Brind'Amour. After the Cole and Letowski incidents, I think everybody's happy that both teams got through unscathed.
Final Score: Penguins 3, Hurricanes 0, number of people around me who expressed relief at Man-Child's absence: 4.
- Sidney Crosby (2G, 1A, reached 61 points a month ahead of last season's pace.)
- Marc-Andre Fleury (31-save shutout)
- Maxime Talbot (No points, but skated like his ass was on fire all night.)