Saturday, November 11, 2006

Senators 6, Penguins 3

The recent Ottawa domination of the Flightless Birds continues. Ottawa jumped out to a lead, and instead of allowing a comeback, they kept pressing. The Penguins were helpless, and couldn't generate any sustained offense. That's probably the most surprising part - the Pens have been a decent team at even-strength, but they couldn't do anything against the Senators.

Being out shot 44 to 17 is downright embarrassing. I'm not sure how you come out flat like that when you're a team that has been struggling to generate offense. Even if you're not on the same skill level (and let's face it - the Pens can't compete with a line of Heatley, Aldredsson and Spezza), you can at least out work the opposition, but even that didn't happen.

The only positive I can take from this one is that the Pens were able to score twice on the power play and once short-handed. Max Talbot's effort in scoring the shortie was fantastic, and showed the Pens what a little bit of hustle (and driving to the net!!) will do.

Therrien keeps saying the Pens need to get back to basics, but I'm not seeing them do it. If this doesn't change, I see an explosion on the horizon, and it would be well earned.

Next up: Saturday at Carolina.

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