Conversely, the Pens power play couldn't get going. You could see how good the penalty kill of the Sharks was. The Pens were never really able to get a consistent flow going in the offensive zone, and when they did get chances, Toskala was up to the challenge.
Really, what the Penguins saw tonight was a blueprint. Here's what they saw:
- The Sharks finished off EVERY check, especially when fore checking. Remember what Petro said before the season about making teams pay a price to play the Pens? The Sharks did exactly that tonight.
- The power play was well spaced and lethal, and they moved the puck really well (the goal was off of a cross-ice pass).
- The penalty kill was even better - they knew where to trap and out worked the Pens in the corners.
- The Sharks employed a soft dump into the corners and then went in and thumped the defensemen. This is something the Pens should try, especially when they're playing a goalie that can handle the puck behind the net (like Brodeur) - Toskala was good at that last night.
Next up: at Anaheim. It doesn't get any easier.