The Pens actually scored the first goal tonight, something they haven't done with any regularity so far this year. The Leafs then scored twice, with Sundin's goal being a pinball shot off of a Pens stick and off of Odelein's arm and into the net. Sidney Crosby had another fantastic individual effort to setup Ouellet for a goal to tie the score. The Pens then couldn't capitalize on an extended 5 on 3 power play. They honestly looked good on the power play during the 5 on 3, but couldn't get the puck in the net.
Overall, I'd say the team is continuing to improve. The game winning goal for the Leafs came on a defensive breakdown by the Pens, but that was caused more by the fact that Mats Sundin had the puck and drew two players to him. Fleury made several huge saves to keep the Pens in the game. The thing that killed them was that they couldn't score on the power play to get the lead.
A few interesting notes -
- Do you know who led the team in minutes played at even strength? Gonchar and Crosby were second and third... it was Tomas Surovy. You could see that he was quite tired by the end of the game.
- Boguniecki started to get more ice time in the third period, seemingly impressing Michel Therrien with his hustle and hitting.
- For the most part, I didn't notice Melichar, which is to say that he probably played a good game.
- Odelein isn't playing on the power play right now. More surprisingly, neither is Ryan Malone.