Thursday, February 19, 2009

Penguins 5, Canadiens 4

The score was 2-2 heading to the third period. The game, to that point, was fairly tight. There were 27 total shots during the first two periods and the Habs were staying back off of the forecheck.

The third period had more shots than the first two periods combined. It was probably the most entertaining period of hockey I've witnessed all year.

The Pens came out and scored twice in the first three minutes of the third to take a 4-2 lead. Crosby setup Malkin with a great pass, and Talbot scored a junk goal by crashing the net.

The Habs took only another three minutes to tie the game at 4-4. I thought that was it for the Pens - they had blown a two goal lead in the third yet again. Fortunately I was wrong.

Gonchar fired a seeing-eye shot that Price didn't follow at all. It was his first goal of the season and it gave the Pens the lead for good.

The Habs threatened a few times, but Flower was up to the challenge.

It was really nice to see the Pens play with desperation and intensity, especially when the game was on the line in the third period. They were burned a bit by their aggressiveness, but they stuck with it and pulled out the win.

Huge win. There are just 6 points between the 5 seed and the 10 seed. The playoffs are within reach, especially if the Pens can keep up the desperation.

Next up: Huge weekend, even without the standings. The Pens are in Philly and Washington on Saturday and Sunday. Four points would be nice...

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