Growing up, I have been fortunate enough to be a big brother for 26 years of my life. When growing up, I always thought that I would never need help from my little brother. However, there were many times in my life that I realized, “Wow, I really did truly need him!”
The Pittsburgh Penguins are experiencing that same thing right now. For the past five games, the Penguins have experienced some problems scoring goals. With talents like Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Sidney Crosby, goals should be going on the board like they are going out of style. However, this has not been the case.
There has been a silver lining this season, and that comes from the Penguins’ AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Pens have experienced some big time injury problems this season to forwards, and have had to call upon wingers from The Baby Penguins to help them out. Earlier this season, the Pens called up Jason Megna. In his six games with the Pens this season, he scored two goals and added an assist. He was even placed on super-star center Malkin’s wing.
Then, the Penguins caught lightening in a bolt again with Brian Gibbons. Gibbons has been doing very well this season for the Baby Penguins, and deservedly received a call-up to a team that was struggling to put points on the board.
Now, will Gibbons be the next Mario Lemieux or Sidney Crosby? Probably not. Will Gibbons give this team an added jolt while he is with them? I think so. Monday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks was his first game ever in the NHL. Gibbons was pumped up, however, did not play like a rookie.
Hopefully for the Penguins, Gibbons gave the Pens the spark that they needed to get their goal scorers putting the puck in the net like we are all used to them doing. Will Gibbons keep his spot on the NHL team? For now, yes, but for the moment, little brother in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is really helping out their big brother in Pittsburgh.