It's hockey day in America and so why not kick it off with a rematch of the first-ever Winter Classic? Plenty of lines were drawn early with a battle for first in goals and points between Sidney Crosby, Thomas Vanek, and James Neal. And, of course, you can't forget the Crosby vs. Ryan Miller rivalry that gains intensity with each game.
Pascal Dupuis opened up scoring just 35 seconds into the game. He redirected a Brooks Orpik slapper from the point. First shot on goal. Tyler Myers was called for a high stick and 20 seconds later, Sidney Crosby was able to tap the puck by Ryan Miller to continue his trolling against the goalie. The game wasn't even two minutes old and the Pens had a 2-0 lead with two shots against Miller. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed a monster rebound and Cody Hodgson was there, unmarked, to finish it. The defense was out to lunch on that play.
The Pens started the second on the power play but were unable to convert. But with just over half the period to go, Crosby gets whistled for interference. Terrible penalty for Crosby to take. Off the faceoff, Tanner Glass commits a faceoff violation. 5-on-3 for Buffalo for almost two minutes. Vanek's goal-scoring touch makes an appearance and he redirects a Christian Ehrhoff shot. Tie game. Sabres were everywhere but the game remained tied going into the second intermission.
Paul Martin Seals Hockey Day in America. Pens win 4-3.
PensBurgh | Feb 17