Ugh. Again. The second period proved to be the undoing of the Pens, as they took EIGHT penalties, resulting in more than one 5 on 3, and the Bruins scored four power play goals.
In the third period, Malone scored and then Orpik scored on a nice pass from Crosby, and it looked like the Penguins might get back into the game. But Thibault gave up a bad goal on the short side to Thornton on a 2 on 1 break. I don't remember who the defense was in the middle, but he played it perfectly, taking away the pass. Thibault was sagging back towards his cage, instead of being out to challenge the shot, and Thornton somehow put it past him. Suffice it to say that it was a highly disappointing goal to give up, as the Pens actually had some momentum.
Anyway, highly undisciplined, penalty laden hockey in the second was really pretty terrible. I'm not sure how these guys keep doing this. Maybe the next three games being at home will help them out. I'm at a loss otherwise. They just look to be a step slow, be lax defensively, and take too many bad penalties.
The only positive, other than Gonchar looking like he was playing better (he got his first goal) was that Crosby continues to show that he's our best player. He had one great sequence in the third where he levelled a Bruins player, came up ice and made a great pass (I think it was on the Orpik goal). He may hit the rookie wall at some point this season, but right now he's firing on all cylinders.