Is Mike Rupp the Missing Piece on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Power Play?

November 23rd, 2009 by Sergey Zikov Leave a reply »
"...Gonchar lugs the puck out of the Penguins' end, tries to run the gauntlet through center ice. He dumps the puck in around the wall for Sidney Crosby, Crosby to Malkin. Malkin works his way up the half wall, back to Gonchar. Sergei Gonchar steps in, fires wide.

"Crosby gathers the rebound behind the cage, under pressure and he's hit hard from behind, but makes the play to Billy Guerin. Guerin, wheels to the outside and back up to Eaton. Eaton to Gonchar, back to Eaton, they play catch at the blue line. Oh, and he's stripped of the puck and the Penguins have to retreat.

"Gonchar back to retrieve the puck from Fleury, passes up to Malkin. Malkin dances through a pair of defenders, passes to Crosby in the corner. Crosby, back to Malkin. Malkin fires! Rebound, oh and nobody's there to put it home, and the penalty expires..."

While the previous call is fictitious in nature, Penguin fans can hear Paul Steigerwald making the very calls all too well.

If you haven't guessed already, it depicts a standard Penguin power play, a man advantage that has nearly become a man-disadvantage.

Earlier in the season, the Penguins went eight ...

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