Friday, February 27, 2009

Penguins 5, Blackhawks 4 (OT)

Once again the Pens allowed two leads to slip away, including a two goal lead entering the third.

It didn't matter, because the two points wound up with Pittsburgh.

I don't know how they keep doing this, and I don't really care. They found a way to win the game.

As mentioned above, the Pens had a two goal lead entering the third period. There were contributions from across the lineup, with the first four goals coming from Staal, Kunitz, Satan and Talbot. All of them were the result of crashing the net and willing the puck past Huet.

The Hawks stormed back in the third, out shooting the Pens 20-4 and tying the game. That's not a typo, by the way - they really were out shot 20-4.

The saving grace for the Pens tonight was that Versteeg took a bad tripping call on Geno with only 40 seconds left in the third. The penalty stretched to overtime, and with just :02 remaining on the power play, Geno one-timed a Sarge pass into the upper corner of the net. No chance for Niemi, who entered in relief of Huet.

Nice to see the Pens get two points. They sit just one point out of the playoffs, and two points out of the #6 seed.

A few notes:
  • Kunitz played a tough physical game. He played with Staal, and without seeing him with Sid, you almost think his style is better suited to having Staal in the middle.
  • Speaking of Jordan, he played his best game of the year, in my opinion.
  • Toews had the hat trick, all on the power play, and was a -2. Kind of a mixed result, for sure.
  • Fleury was great in the third. He did allow two, but he made several more saves that were spectacular. He earned the Pens the first point.
  • Geno earned the second point, but he certainly didn't dominate the game like he's capable of doing. Look for him to step it up as we head down the stretch.
Next up: On the road to Dallas for a Sunday afternoon game.

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