This one made me ill.
The Pens had the lead, 3-1, with 10 minutes left in the game. Sid and Geno both scored, and Talbot had redirected a Ryan Whitney blast. The Devils scored when a pretty obvious high-stick penalty was ignored, Whit checked his head momentarily and Holik walked out in front of Flower alone. Way to go, completely clueless zebras (Part 1).
With about 8:00 left, Sykora took a one-handed hooking call. Maybe it was weak, maybe not. Petr said something to the ref, which again was unnecessary, but does the ref have to make the game about himself at that point? Over a few words? It wasn't like Petr was demonstrative or showed him up to the crowd. Way to go, completely clueless zebras (Part 2).
The Devils took about half of a second to score on a slapper by Grandpa Shanahan.
All was still okay, until a completely flukey goal by the Devils with just over 30 seconds left. The puck deflected off of Whitney's skate, tying the game and sending it to OT.
The Pens were horrible in OT. They couldn't get the puck out of their own end, and when they did, all they could do was dump it and go to the bench so the Devils could wind it up again. What could happen did happen, and the Devils put the Pens out of their misery.
Fleury played a good game. He kept the Pens in front most of the game despite being badly outshot (43-16 for the whole game). The Pens played a great road game and just had a few unfortunate bounces. It still makes me ill.
Bobby Holik is a thug, by the way, and I can't wait for him to be out of the league. Fortunately, he's pretty old, so the wait won't be that long.
Next up: No time to lick the wounds, because there's a game tomorrow night in Toronto.