Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Anaheim 3, Penguins 2 (OT)

This is a game that the Penguins had no business earning a point from (as Will points out in the comments from the preview) . The Ducks had 40 shots to the Penguins 17. The Ducks had 9 power play opportunities to the Penguins 2. In short, the Ducks dominated the game. The Pens had few chances, and fewer conversions.

Dominic Moore scored in the first on a great individual effort, and Chris Thorburn scored while playing on the first line, which he did on several occasions throughout the game.

Therrien really shortened his bench, playing Armstrong, Eckman, Leclair and Ruutu in much more limited roles. Some of that was predicated by the excess of penalties the Penguins took, and some of it was because Leclair and Ruutu probably aren't fast enough skaters to play consistently against the teams from the West.

The Pens were extremely fortunate to get a point from this one, and have had a successful road trip to the West Coast, earning three points in three games.

Next up: vs Tampa Bay at the Igloo on Wednesday

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