Engelland Drops Orr, Leafs Deliver Final Blow

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 15: Deryk Engelland #5 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Mellon Arena on September 15, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

At least Deryk Engelland came out on top Wednesday night.

I was reserving judgment, but I believe I can now officially say it…I hate the Consol Energy Center.  To be fair, I guess I could be more specific and say that I hate the way the Penguins play in their new home.

Sloppy.  Careless.  Deliberate. Uninspired for stretches.  Mystified.  Most discouragingly…defeated.

0-3 in their new home.  Philly, Montreal, and now Toronto.  Give me a break.

Tonight’s exposition featured some of the worst passing in recent NHL history.  Yes, Toronto contributed to the ineptitude, but the Penguins pee’d away several pucks in both ends of the ice.  Atrocious and amateur.

I guess the loss of Orpik and Michalek contributed to a defensive effort that allowed three goals in a little more than seven minutes of a disastrous second period and culminated in a 4-3 final.  That blasted second was sandwiched between two periods in which Pittsburgh was the aggressor. Alas, the Penguins couldn’t overcome their own muck.

Crosby finally scored a goal, a sweet backhand with less than a minute left in that second.  Malkin added an assist. Ho hum.  Malkin shot wide on a penalty shot.  No one was surprised.

Fleury was decent, but couldn’t match the Maple Leaf’s Monster in net.  Gustav made many point-blank saves on scoring chances that, had they been finalized, would have made the tone of this post much different.

The best moment of the game was when Deryk Engelland decked heavyweight Colton Orr, sending him sprawling – hands-waving-in-the-air – backwards and on to the awaiting ice.  Well done #5.

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