Sunday, March 25, 2007

Penguins 5, Bruins 0

The Pens absolutely demolished the Bruins today in a game that wasn't as close as the score might indicate. This one could easily have been 8-0 or 9-0. There were several missed chances and great saves by the Bruins backup goalie.

The game didn't start out that easily. The Pens took three penalties in the first 11 minutes of the first period and killed off all three power plays. The Bruins were buzzing early on the power play, but were unable to beat Marc-Andre. He didn't make many huge saves, but he made all the ones he needed to, and was able to control the rebounds.

The Pens seemed to feed off of that, and when they got their own chances on the power play, they converted. They were 3-3 in the first period alone.

From the middle of the second period onward, the Bruins were mailing it in, as noted by NBC analyst Pierre McGuire. This made it pretty easy for the Pens to coast to their biggest margin of victory since their 7-2 pasting of the Coyotes back in late January.

The Pens have a three game road trip coming up, and they really need to play well. They play in Washington, Boston and Toronto. All three of those teams are on the outside of the playoffs looking in, though the Leafs are currently just two points back. It's important to get 5 or 6 points from this trip if they're serious about passing the Devils for first place in the Atlantic. The first tiebreaker for the playoffs is wins, and right now the Pens have one fewer win than the Devils, and the Devils have a game in hand.

Next up: the aforementioned Capitals on Tuesday night in Washington.

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