Wow - I thought last night was bad (against the Senators). Tonight was worse. It started out okay, but then the parade to the penalty box began, and things weren't the same after that.
Despite the adversity, the Pens almost tied this one up in the third, with a goal not being allowed (even after video replay) due to insufficient evidence. In short, there was no clear camera angle that showed if the puck crossed the goal line. After that, Thibault allowed a real soft goal and things spiraled out of control. No matter what the Pens tried, it didn't work the way they hoped, right down to Therrien pulling the goalie just in time for a Hurricanes empty net goal.
The Pens were out shot again, and only managed 20 shots for the entire night. It was dramatic to see the difference between the way the Hurricanes controlled and passed the puck and the way the Pens would try to whack it up the ice (or carry it). There just isn't much consistency right now to their game.
It is encouraging to see the penalty killers be aggressive when they have the chance. I think that will serve them well when they're not getting quite so much practice at it.
I'm half expecting a little bit of a rant from Therrien after these two performances, and I'll update the blog if that happens.
Next up: vs Philadelphia on Monday.