I think that title is a great way to describe how the Senators must have felt to the Penguins tonight. The Pens did everything they could to win this game.
- They fixed the problems with the breakout passes, largely by swinging the puck from side to side and hitting a forward through the middle.
- They absolutely dominated the second period, which had been their downfall earlier in the series.
- They received great goaltending from Marc-Andre Fleury.
- They stayed out of the penalty box and got great penalty killing when they were on the ice.
The Pens had all the momentum in the world in the second period, but just couldn't manage to take the lead. Once the Sens had the lead in the third, the Pens had a few chances, but couldn't do anything against Emery.
They left nothing in reserve tonight. They gave everything, but it just didn't get them over the top.
Who came to play tonight?
- Jarkko Ruutu and Ronald Petrovicky - they were a big part of getting things going in the second period. I was mildly surprised that we didn't see them more than once in the third period.
- Gary Roberts - his forecheck directly led to another goal by Staal.
- Jordan Staal - this guy has absolutely stepped up his game. He doesn't have the best passing skills yet, but he can cycle the puck, kill penalties and put in the loose pucks in front of the net.
- Sidney Crosby - just when you think he's topped out, he goes to another level. He split the D several times tonight and created chances where there were none. He needs to keep raising the ante if the Pens hope to get back to Pittsburgh for Game 6.
- The power play unit - they generated some good chances, but just couldn't beat Emery. They probably could have worked for some better shots, but they did okay with what they tried.
- Michel Therrien and Mike Yeo - I'm left wondering about not playing Ruutu and Petrovicky more than one shift in the third. I'm also wondering why they didn't change things up on the power play in terms of the scheme they deployed. The Senators had it figured out. Also, dressing Eckman in place of Christensen? I'd rather see Christensen simply because he has a better wrister than anyone on the team, and can contribute offensively at crunch time.
Next up: a return to Ottawa on Thursday night to try to stay alive.