The Penguins bounced back huge from their loss Sunday to the Flyers by throwing down an 8-4 victory against the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets jumped up early but behind a James Neal hat trick (and 4 total points), Evgeni Malkin scoring 5 points and Sidney Crosby collecting 4 points, not to mention so many other contributions that the Jets never had a chance.
Most impressive of all of these was Tyler Kennedy. All the talk involving Kennedy lately has been how much he has been under producing. You can count me as one of those who were greatly disappointed in his play. Lately though I have been even more disappointed in him, and by lately I mean since Sidney Crosby has returned and joined TK on a line with Matt Cooke. Kennedy hasn't been able to capitalize on many things the last few games (and by the last few games I mean the last 17), but not today..... today he stepped up and scored not once but twice, both off Crosby assists.
A few other notes from the game....
Pascal Dupuis scored his career high 21st goal of the season.
Malkin has had 4 (including today's win over the Jets) 5 point games this season.
Malkin also currently has a league high 93 points, 9 points ahead of Steven Stamkos of Tampa and Claude Giroux of Philadelphia.
The Pens have won 8 in a row at home.
James Neal's hat trick today was only the second of his career, the first as a Penguin.
At this point I just want to say, lets go PENS!!!