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Merry Christmas Eve!

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Just wanted to take a few minutes to wish you all a Merry Christmas Eve! I will have a full Christmas blog up tomorrow, but had a few moments in between running and thought I would check in.

The Penguins did their part in making our spirits bright with a great win in Washington last night, here’s hoping that is an indication of what they might be able to do on New Year’s Day.

I thought that the game was a very entertaining one to watch, as most between those two teams tend to be. Not sure about you, but I couldn’t help but think of next week’s 24/7 as I watched… what will the guys be saying about the Ovechkin hit on Malkin, Malkin’s interference penalty on Ovechkin, the Crosby goal and the shoot-out. I have a feeling that it is going to make for some very compelling television!

I thought both teams played very well and either could have won the game, but I did have find one major fault in the Penguins game… please Dan Bylsma, I implore you, stop playing Kris Letang with Alex Goligoski under any circumstances.

For as good as Letang has been playing this season, putting him out there with Go Go brought him down ten notches. It is almost like he picked up Go Go’s game and instead of him making the duo better, they made each other worse.

The pair made bad decisions with the puck, allowed too many forecheckers to get behind them and allowed a short handed goal. They were also on the ice for the “close call” against Mike Green. Stay away from that pairing…

Other than that, the night was a rousing success and one that proved that the Penguins can compete with the best in the conference. They have had close games with the Flyers, the Rangers and now the Capitals and the remaining battles with all three should be amazing.

I am about to head out to my aunt’s house for our annual Christmas Eve extravaganza. I hope that you are all doing something similar… please have a happy, safe, and healthy Christmas Eve with family, friends or whoever you tend to spend it with. Look for a full Christmas blog tomorrow…

Have a cool Yule everyone!

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Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brian Metzer has been covering the Pittsburgh Penguins and National Hockey League since 2004. He is the host of Penguins Live Weekly, a show that airs Saturday mornings on 105.9 the X and iHeart Radio. He serves as the Pittsburgh Penguins correspondent for NHL Network Radio on SiriusXM, and is the NHL and Penguins correspondent for the Beaver County Times. Metzer is also a contributing writer for NHL.com and is the primary contributor for this site www.fromthepoint.com.

2 Comments

  1. Stokes

    December 24, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Holy crap, Brian. You read my mind. I don’t know why Martin wasn’t on that PP in the first place. Martin is more reliable, period.

    I thought the refs were too influenced by the crowd last night and made the game choppy at times. But the pens dominated 5v5 for the most part.

  2. Evilpens

    December 26, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I got tickets to a pens game in Jan. from My Sister