Thursday, January 01, 2009

Bruins 4, Penguins 2

Much better effort tonight by the Pens, especially in the third period. They found out that effort isn't enough against a good team in their own building.

The Bruins did just enough to get the win. They took advantage of their chances, scored a key power play goal, and kept the Pens off of the board again on special teams.

The Pens did play with desperation for the last 20 minutes, but didn't seem to have that same fire the whole game. To be fair, they were good for the first two periods, and I'm sure it's really tough to keep that effort up for 60 minutes.

The real story of the loss tonight was the power play. There will likely be a Missing Persons report filed soon, because the power play just hasn't be able to do anything. Therrien did finally put two defensemen on the point with Crosby, Malkin and Staal up front later in the game, but that didn't do anything either. They're going to have to work through this with more effort.

The good news is this team is showing that they're willing to put forth the effort.

Congratulations to Dustin Jeffrey on his first NHL goal. They mentioned on the broadcast that he was the first Wilkes-Barre call-up this season to score a goal, which really surprised me.

Next up: A chance to take out their frustrations on the Kitty Cats from Florida on Saturday afternoon. They don't have Olli Jokinen anymore!

1 comment:

Kristy said...

This Bruins team reminds me of the Pens the 2nd half of last year... just always in the right place at the right time. I don't know if Fernandez and Thomas can keep this up all year, but they are a great team right now. Nice to see a better team effort, but still lots of work to do.

Let's Go Pens!