So what can you say? The Pens did everything they needed to do to win this game. They gritted it out. They scrapped and fought. Then when they took the lead in the third period, you thought "They might do this". But then Gonchar takes a weak hooking call (that he didn't need to commit, in my opinion) and Thibault give up a blast from near the blue line. Then with 18 seconds left, Lemieux is called for interference. Not sure what he did, as the sucky OLN coverage couldn't show us anything resembling a replay, but he was completely irate at O'Halloran (the ref). In OT, on the power play, Stephen Weiss scores his first of the year on a nice shot and Florida scores four goals for the first time all year.
The Pens easily played well enough to win this game. They possessed the puck pretty well. They would have scored several times in the first period if not for the play of Roberto Luongo. Why can't we get that kind of play out of Thibault?
Speaking of Thibault, none of the four goals he gave up were particularly good. I know slappers will go in every now and then. On the game winner, Weiss roofed the shot, and Thibault was on his knees waving at the puck with his glove hand. He went down way too early. If he stays up and is in good position to challenge the shot, it might go off of his left shoulder instead of into the back of the net. The second goal was another one that was a really bad goal to give up (though the specifics of that one are escaping me right now, as I still am in disbelief over the way the Pens lost this one).
Offensively, Crosby did everything humanly possible to win the game. He drew six penalties on his own through effort and force of will. He almost pulled a Jagr and scored after being hauled down. He is easily the best player on the ice for the Pens right now. Everyone else did their thing. Lemieux had some hop in his step, as he had a breakaway chance in the third, and Palffy played well offensively and defensively (I noticed him backchecking and covering the middle of the ice several times).
This one was really disappointing to lose, but if they continue the effort they made tonight, get a little better with not taking the penalties, get a little better goaltending, and keep getting quality scoring chances, they'll start winning soon enough. I'm still hopeful!