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Heavy workload catches up to Fleury, Pens lose

After dropping a disappointing game to the Avs on Friday, the Caps got chewed out and a hard practice before resting up for today's game.  The Pens got a wild back and forth Saturday matinee against Philadelphia and then a train trip down to Washington to do it all again 24 hours later.


  • Marc-Andre Fleury has simply been run into the ground.  He wasn't good today, but he's been worked to the bone.  19 games in 2009.  The Penguins need him to carry them, but he can't be the only option.
  • The power play went 1 for 8.  Worse than that, they looked mighty lackadaisical  Not going to cut it, boys.
  • Kris Letang sat for a third game in a row, but if you would not take into consideration the number on the back of the jersey and the salary he makes, Ryan Whitney's in the press box next game.
  • Very physical game, Hal Gill and Brooks Orpik each were credited with seven hits for the Pens.
  • A lot will be made about the back and forth battle (mainly through words) between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.  Blah, blah, blah.  Ovechkin is the darling of the media now, and with good reason, he's a very good offensive player.  But other than individual awards, what has he won in the NHL?  If AO is still great, why's he looking up in the stats to Crosby and Evgeni Malkin?  In short, it's a great individual rivalry that's good for the league.
  • The Caps had several quick strikes and did well to take advantage of their opportunities when they were presented with them.  Good for them, that's what a good team does.

At the end, maybe three games in three cities in 64 hours caught up with the Penguins.  They didn't have the jump to compete with a solid team.  And although this was a golden opportunity to capture points in the standings, they still came out of a difficult stretch with four points in six games.  Time to move on now, that's all we can do.  The season isn't determined here, time to pick up the pieces and look forward to next game.