The Pens got their first taste of the shootout this season and were lucky to get it to that point. Playing their first game this year without Sidney Crosby, their Power Play really suffered which cost them an easier game and a point. The Power Play was 1 for 9 on the night and the only one they got was the one to tie the game at 3 with 30 secs left. The other reason they were lucky to get a point was the play of Fleury. He made some brilliant saves to keep the game close and finally received a good bounce.
The Pens got the first goal again on a ridiculous shot by Recchi. Recchi skating down the right wing had 3 Bruins with him and fool them and the Bruins goalie with a quick wrister to the far top corner. The Penguins controlled the play for most of the first half of the game but could not capitalize on their many chances. The Bruins however did in the second scoring 2 Power play goals and an empty netter off a bad give away for a 3 - 1 lead at the end of two. The Pens just looked dead in the water and it really show on their second period Power Plays when the only person moving was the person with the puck and that is only because some one was after them.
The game however changed when Fleury and the Pens finally got a bounce. Fleury was trying to make a diving stop on Murry when Murry hit both post and skate. Fleury also was able to keep from kicking the puck in when Talbot got the puck. Talbot held the puck just enough to get the puck to the penalty box as Malkin was coming out and was able to break in on Thomas. Malkin buried the puck and the Pens were back in the game at 3 - 2 but were unable to get another one past Thomas until the last Power Play goal.
The shootout order and result went as follows:
Ouellet shot just missed high left...Sturm score through the 5-hole
Malkin got stopped by the glove...Bergeron poke checked by Fleury
Gonchar hit the post after a blocker save
The Pens need to pretend that everyone they play is in their division because with the team that aren't they just seem to think the game is not worth it. If they play 60 mins like they do against the Atlantic against everyone else they would be close to the same 8 - 1 record they have against the Atlantic.
Hopefully Sid is healthy enough for their next game against the Islanders "Black" Friday afternoon...
Labels: 2006 Game Review