Is this getting absolutely ridiculous, or what ?!
In yet another mediocre effort, the Pens did just enough to defeat the Caps Sunday afternoon with a 3-2 win.
That's 16 straight games with a point for the Pens, with a 14-0-2 record over that stretch.
You have to give props to the Caps. They came out strong, delivering punishing check after check. The vast majority of those were not reciprocated by the Pens.
The Pens sure looked like they were going to blow the Caps out today, especially after the early powerplay deflection goal by Recchi.
They quickly gave up the tying goal in the 1st, and it stayed that way until Malkin uncorked a laser from the right goal line on a one-timer to make it 2-1 in the 2nd.
Talbot continued his strong 2nd half play by scoring on a one-timer to make it 3-1. The Caps scored with about 40 seconds remaining in the game with an empty Caps net, but that was all they could muster.
I'm really trying not to sound like a broken record here (showing my age on that one), but I think that most knowledgeable Pens fans would concur that although the Pens continue to win, they're showing considerable chinks in the armor, so to speak.
The Islanders are up next on Monday afternoon at 1PM.