The Penguins looked pretty sluggish tonight. I especially noticed it on Evgeni Malkin, who just didn't seem to have any hop in his step. This is another game that the Pens were probably lucky to get a point. If not for the hat trick by Nils Eckman (the first of his career), they would never have that point.
The Pens were down early 2-0 before Nils took things into his own hands and made it 3-2. In the third, Noah Welch got a little too zealous to finish off a check and was out of position, allowing Eric Perrin to drive to the net and score. In OT, the Pens were putting some pressure on Holmqvist, but Lecavalier was cheating up ice when St Louis got the puck and sent it rocketing up to Vinny. Breakaway, forehand-backhand, score. Ugh.
The Pens were out shot 31-20, and other than their brief flurry in the second when Nils had his hat trick (a span of under 5 minutes), it didn't seem like they were even in the game. I think the effort was typified by the power play the Pens had with about 5 minutes remaining in third. Not only did they not muster a shot, they also didn't come close to puck possession in the offensive zone. They were out of gas.
Hopefully they get refueled soon... they have three games in four days, starting Friday at home.
Next up: vs Ottawa on Friday