I can't believe I'm writing a post about a Penguins victory tonight. Holy crap!
The Pens were as dead in the water as a team could be. They got the first goal, but were quickly put in their place by the Sens. The Pens seemed to have that awestruck look in their eyes during the first period. The Senators took advantage by running traffic in and around Marc-Andre Fleury, who was thrown off his game. He yielded to Thibault to start the second, and Jocelyn allowed what would have to be called a bad goal, putting the Pens down 4-1. I thought that was the ballgame.
Then, things started to change a little bit. The Senators had an extended 5 on 3 power play (for almost two entire minutes) but couldn't score. Then the Pens changed the momentum slightly. I was thinking it was just to set a tone for the next time the teams met. However, the Pens used the momentum to carry into the third period, where they out shot the Senators 11-2.
Jordan Staal got things turned back in the right direction with a short handed goal. With said goal, he set the NHL record for short handed goals by a rookie. Pretty impressive. The Pens added two more goal in the next three minutes to tie the game.
Neither team was able to take the lead again, though both had several chances. I had that nervous feeling... where I thought for sure that Ottawa was going to get the goal to put them into the lead again. It never happened.
When they got to the shoot out, I was more worried about Thibault in net, as he was 0-2 in save chances this season. He stopped the first two shooters, while Christensen (of course) beat Emery. Then Thibault let in one to McAmmond, and it was Crosby time. He deked with the puck several times and basically made Emery look stupid. Pens win.
As bad as the team played for the first 30 minutes of this one, I thought there was no way they had any chance of coming back. I'm glad I was wrong.
Next up: vs New Jersey on Thursday at the Igloo. Would it be okay if Laraque ran over Brodeur just this once?