The game was not as close as the score would indicate. The Pens were outshot 28-10 over the first two periods, and just in case you thought that the lack of offense might make them play with more urgency, they only registered 7 shots in the third, with four or five of them coming in the last few minutes of the game. In fairness, they did have an accuracy issue last night, with some of their shots not finding the net. But, on radio Steigerwald was saying that Thomas almost looked like he was playing in a pee-wee game in that most of the "shots" were just trickling towards him.
I'm not sure what it's going to take to fix the Pens offense to generate consistent scoring. I keep thinking of the line in Hoosiers, where Gene Hackman describes his approach with his team - "I'm going to break 'em down and build them back up". I'm hoping that is what is happening here. In fact, if anyone hears Therrien yelling "FOUR PASSES!", please let me know. :)
Two more games before the break - Carolina and Washington - back to back on Friday and Saturday.