So the Pens went out to a three goal lead, scoring once each period. None of their goals were on the power play, but they were all good goals. Lemieux one-timed a gorgeous pass from Gonchar for the first one. Crosby took a nice pass and made a great shot that beat Weekes. Palffy took what the defense gave him (eh? Is this a football blog?) and snapped a low shot off the far post from the right circle area.
Of course, disaster almost struck. Palffy missed on a penalty shot (he's now 0-4 on penalty shots in his career, if I remember the stat correctly). That started to turn the tide. If I'm the Pens there, I almost don't want the penalty shot - I'd rather eat two minutes off of the clock...
Caron then got beat by a slapper with some screeners in front. The second goal was Caron trying to clear the puck, but he did so up the middle of the ice. It was a bad mistake, and the Rangers capitalized. The Pens then did everything the needed to do, including killing off a 2 minute penalty with about four minutes left.
All in all, it was a great win. The Pens played a great road game. It was a little troubling to see another team stage a third period comeback against them, but that's a minor quibble. I think they'll learn the killer instinct as they start to win more games.
The win moved the Pens to .500 on the road (3-3-3), not couting the overtime losses (I guess you can't really count them when talking about winning percentage, can you?) and gave them a winning record in the division. Most importantly, they're not in last place in the division anymore - that honor goes to the Islanders.
One other thing - was anyone else ready to jump through the television and yell at the announcer who was pronouncing Caron's name as CARE-on, instead of car-ON? Drove me nuts. Almost as bad as Barry Melrose always calling Alexei Kovalev by "Alex", or Kov-a-lov.
Wednesday we're at Atlanta, and then back home on Thursday. Let's go Pens!