Sunday, January 07, 2007

Lightning 3, Penguins 2 (OT - SO - 1-0)

This was a game where the Pens were thoroughly outplayed, especially after the first period. They really had no business earning a point out of the game, but they found a way to get two goals past Holmqvist and earn the point.

Sidney Crosby scored a fantastic goal with three seconds remaining in the second period on a diving effort to tie the game at 1-1. The Lightning took the lead on a goal by a guy (Tarnasky) who had played all of five minutes to that point. It was his second of the year. Why does it seem the Pens always get burnt by players who normally don't contribute?

The Pens tied it after Talbot drew a penalty late in the third and the puck deflected in off of Cory Sarich. Thank goodness for the video review people in Toronto, because the referee on the ice had it completely wrong - he had waved it off initially saying Recchi had kicked the puck.

As I noted in the preview, going to the shootout with the Lightning is generally a bad idea, and it proved to be that was again tonight.

I took away a few positives from the game (other than earning the point)
  • The fourth line of Petro, Ruutu and Talbot contributed offensively, largely due to the work of Talbot in my opinion.
  • Crosby and Recchi found ways to put the puck in the net when it seemed Holmqvist couldn't be beat.
  • The Pens killed a penalty in OT, in a great effort.
  • Fleury played really well, and continues to look strong in net.
Next up: another chance at the Bolts on Tuesday in Tampa Bay

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