Pittsburgh Penguins at San Jose Sharks 11/3/11

I almost never get to shoot my Pittsburgh teams, so when the NHL schedule came out, I made sure I was shooting the Penguins vs Sharks. The Tank was thick with transplanted Pittsburghers wearing Crosby and Malkin sweaters, and the guy sitting next to my shooting position was even from the hood where I grew up. Stanton Heights, what. He insisted on buying me a beer, and when I politely declined, he finally said "Holding out for an ARRRRRN?" Things started out well for the Pens, with two goals in the first few minutes:

Evgeni Malkin

Evgeni Malkin

This chased Sharks goalie Antti Niemi from the game in favor of Thomas Greiss who promptly stoned the Pens on shot after shot.

Thomas Greiss

Thomas Greiss

I enjoy James Neal's game, crashing the goal and generally getting in the way:

James Neal

James Neal, Brent Burns & Antti Niemi

Here is one seriously mismatched fight:

Brad Winchester & Craig Adams

Brad Winchester & Craig Adams

The Sharks figured out how to slow Malkin down, mostly by putting him into the boards as much as possible:

Douglas Murray & Evgeni Malkin

Craig Adams & Jim Vandermeer

After holding the lead for almost all fo the game, the Penguins couldn't hold on, allowing the tying goal to Jamie McGinn late in the third:

Jamie McGinn & Torrey Mitchell

Fleury kind of fell apart towards the end, but made some saves to keep it tied:

Marc-Andre Fleury

Marc-Andre Fleury & Martin Havlat

But Ryane Clowe scored in the shootout, and that was that:

Marc-Andre Fleury

Ryane Clowe

After learning how to play without Sidney Crosby for almost a full year, it will be interesting to see how the Pens react to getting him back.