Great game. Not terribly exciting, but the Pens did what they needed to win the game.
The story of this one was the goal tending. The better of the two goalies, in my opinion, was Lehtonen. He was outstanding. He made lots of really difficult side-to-side saves seem really easy. He never really seemed out of position. His only real mistake was the totally fluky goal scored by Jordan Staal, who really wasn't trying to do anything but chip the puck along the boards behind Lehtonen.
Thibault was also great today. I still think he allows way too many rebounds, but he was solid. He was always in position to make the save, and was squared well to the shooters. I don't even remember thinking that he was sagging back in his crease. He's played well lately. That's a HUGE plus for the Pens going towards the playoffs.
With this win, the Pens have tied the Devils for first play in the Atlantic division. The Devils are playing later tonight, so we'll have to wait and see how long that lasts.
Next up: tomorrow at the Igloo versus the Bruins, on national television at 12:30.