Well, that was a game the Pens had in the bag, until the later part of the third period. It was the ever-deadly two goal lead that did them in. They seemingly tried to shut it down and play "kill the clock" hockey, and it back-fired on them big time.
Now, I was at a Halloween party, and couldn't hear the game, but it was on the TV. The puck just seemed to stick to the Hurricanes in the third, where it had been much more even in the first two periods. They seemed to have tons of room to skate, and when the Pens did have the puck, they seemed to be slow and tenative.
That was a painful one to lose, for sure.
One curiousity, they went upstairs to review a shot by the Pens where Gerber had the puck pinned under his leg and near the right post. Anyone looking at the replay should have immediately been able to tell that there was no way to get any kind of meaningful information (or the ever popular "indisputable visual evidence") from the replay. Why the delay?
Anyway, it was a bad loss to a good team. The Pens will move on. Unless you listen to Dave Molinari of the Post-Gazette, who makes it sound like the end of the world... Bring back Dejan!!