Stud of the Week 01/28/13Posted: 28/01/2013
We created this award to recognize the best player for the Penguins in the past week. This doesn’t have to be the leading scorer or anything like that, this is the guy who contributes the most to victory–it could go to a guy who was dominant in the faceoff circle, who drew a bunch of penalties that resulted in goals, or laid some game changing hits. In the first weekend of the season we gave the award to Paul Martin for shocking us with his smart play and smooth skating.
Definitely a different feel to this piece this week with the Pens going an uninspired 1-2-0 and looking like a different team this week.
If we weren’t interested in convincing people that we didn’t invent this award just to honor Paul Martin we would give it to him again this week. His 30:26 of ice time in yesterday’s crucial win is epic. The most we’ve seen from a Penguin in the regular season in a long time. Further, even in the Pens losses earlier in the week, he and Brooks Orpik continued to earn the moniker of “shutdown pair ” by simply not allowing goals while they’re on the ice.
But we’re making it an unofficial rule that you can’t win for more than one week consecutively. Look at the contestants after the jump.
Ben Lovejoy for doing everything that Simon Despres should have been doing: carrying the puck heads up, joining the rush at opportune moments, and playing enough time , along with Deryk Engelland, to actually alieviate the strain of minutes on the top 4 guys.
The 4th line for being incredible on the forecheck. They did exactly what you want from a 4th line: they controlled the puck, they levelled the boom, and they’re pretty good on the faceoff. Craig Adams had one of his best games in a Pens jersey against Ottawa, threw a total of 5 devastating checks in the game.
Joe Vitale is rolling on faceoffs, clicking at 58.3% over four games. Even Eric Tangradi, after running the super effective deep drive on the Neal goal in the Ottawa game, registered a solid 3 hits in his time with Vitale and Adams. If they can start connecting on some goals that’ll be awesome.
The stud of the week for this week though is none other than the Captain, Sidney Crosby. His 3 goals against Toronto and Winnipeg were about the lone bright spot in what was an otherwise painfully anemic offensive week (5 goals in regulation in 3 games) and his shootout conversion was essential to getting out of Ottawa with two points. Sid kept the Pens alive in an otherwise regrettable week, the work of a true captain.
P.S. Anyone skilled in creating photoshops or graphic images so that we can have a physical award to hand out each week? Hit us up in the comments or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.