Tonight was another moral victory. The Pens played a great first and third period, rallying from a 3-0 defecit. The Flyers got a power play on what looked like a weak call on Andre Roy and converted it into the winning goal. You couldn't tell if the call on Roy was a good one because there was only one replay from the weak OLN coverage, and it wasn't a good angle.
Overall, this is a game where the Pens battled back, showed some pride and poise, and could easily have tied or won the game if Esche hadn't played extremely well.
Crosby and Gonchar both had good nights, with Crosby scoring the game-tying goal in the third to go with an assist, and Gonchar adding a helper on each goal. Gonchar continues to look better and better, in my opinion, and should really be a force on the blue line next season.
The Pens are currently three points behind the Blues, who are playing as I type this (they're scoreless with Nashville). If they finish tied, the first tie-breaker is number of wins (Pens 20, Blues 21 - edge Penguins) followed by goal differential (Pens -76, Blues -85 - edge Blues). As much as I hate seeing the Pens lose to those losers from across the state, I do like that they're in the driver's seat, so to speak, with respect to the top spot in the lottery.
Next up are the Rangers on Thursday at the Igloo. Another game I'd rather see the Pens win...
Let's go Pens!