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Video: Crosby, Pens look sharp against Red Wings

Sep 25, 2013, 10:48 PM EDT

It’s foolish to read too much into any preseason result, especially if one team dresses its best players while the other team gives marquee names a rest. If nothing else, the Pittsburgh Penguins beating the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Wednesday drove a few points home:

  • Sidney Crosby is probably ready to go and his line with Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz could remain very dangerous.
  • Pulling the Dominik Hasek darting up the ice to cut off a breakaway move is easier said than done.
  • The NHL should be very happy that the Penguins and Red Wings reside in the same conference.

Anyway, there were enough highlights from tonight’s game that it’s worth watching all of them, particularly Crosby’s pass to Kunitz and Drew Miller thwarting Marc-Andre Fleury‘s Hasek impression:

More Pittsburgh-Detroit should be fun, huh?

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    This is for any Capitals fan out there: Does Steve Kolbe suck as an announcer? Because after listening to him tonight at work and during other games this pre-season I’ve come to a quick conclusion that he is dull and boring as play-by-play. Him calling games adds to why Mike Lange can’t retire!!!

  2. c9castine - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    yeah..pens fan here….he is a bit dull huh? he is technically very good, very smooth in describing the plays, always on top of giving the right information and such. but not much life in his voice….maybe with more time spent here around Lange and bourquey thatll change a bit. i just cant imagine life without mike lange’s voice calling penguins games. LEGEND.

  3. bensawesomeness - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Was at the game tonight : Wings looked young, tired, and outskilled. We didn’t have a ton of our normal guys, but we sure as hell didn’t play like the Wings

    That being said, this is the beginning of a beautiful rivalry, and i’m very excited

    • joey4id - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:21 AM

      Amen! Great to see the Wings join the East, home of the original 6 – 1.

    • c9castine - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      no doesnt matter who is on the ice team like the red wings has a standard and that wasnt it. but the pens were in full business mode and last night i dont think it would have mattered. as a pens fan i know we are all excited to have detroit in the conference – the good part is we get a great team and organization to build a rivlary on our past finals rounds. bad part is we can no longer finish our best of 3 match for the stanley cup.

      • bensawesomeness - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Preseason is preseason, i’m not worried about it. our 5 best players weren’t on the ice, i won’t put too much credit into it

        And just cause we cant’ play for the Cup doesn’t mean we can’t play in the ECF. In theory, it’s even more likely to happen now

  4. nightfireop - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    fleury is much too divorced from reality if he even thinks about pulling off a hasek.

  5. joey4id - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    It’s crazy what Crosby has accomplished at such a young age, and he hasn’t reached his prime yet. He won the 2 world jr championship, SC and gold with Canada at a very young age, but most importantly, his game continues to improve making him one of the most complete players in the superstar category. He spends his summers crafting his skills. Expect to see a better Crosby that we’ve seen. From an entertainment perspective I wish OV would do the same. OV was better out of the gates when his NHL career started, and partly because he’s older than Crosby. Crosby has demonstrated a constant improvement since joining the NHL whereas OV seems to have stalled.

  6. hockey412 - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    I was thinking while looking at the Dmen playing last night. Not all the kids have been sent down, but still not playing in the final preseason game. Was wondering if they were marketing Niskanen by playing him in that game…he looked good, too.

  7. bmscalise - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    14-87-9 “could” be dangerous? They are the best line in the league: to see that kind of chemistry across a whole line is a special thing. And really, really fun to watch.

  8. blackhawks2010 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Pens always look sharp when there is no pressure. Bottom line, they need leadership, Crosby is a great player and terrible leader. Malkin should wear the C. He’s their best all around player and appears to be their most respected.

    • whiskytango333 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Bottom line, they need goaltending.

      There, fixed that for you.

    • c9castine - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      best line i have seen ever. those guys have been attached at the hip in practice sessions for over 2 years now and it sorry man but you couldnt be further from the truth of the situation. if you were closer to the sitution at all the entire team would tell you with 100% conviction this is sid’s team and they follow him. malkin would definitely say that and then hed follow it up by saying he doesnt want to be the guy in charge and he doesnt want the attention – thats what sid is for.

  9. LampyB - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Joey4id should have been a pastor. Sermons are your specialty man.

  10. whiskytango333 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    I see Jokinen as that missing link on the second line (if you want to call it a second line). He looks supremely comfortable and therefore lethal on that line. Even the third line with Sutter and Bennett will cause teams headaches. I think its going to be a good year to be a Pens fan (assuming the goaltending isnt completely inept, which is a risky assumption).

  11. arbruins - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    The guins might as well win a few preseason games and most of the regular season games…we all know they will choke when the playoffs start

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