There were a few very specific items about today's game that led directly to the loss:
- Martin Biron made a few huge, key saves. He did just about everything right, and when he didn't, his D was there to bail him out (I'm thinking of Parent making a save on a puck that had gone through Biron).
- The Flyers converted on their power play chances. This was a combination of good bounces and a bad kill.
- The Flyers controlled their emotions. This was huge, and maybe the biggest warning sign for the Pens heading into a potential first round matchup with the Flyers. If you had said before the game that Gonchar would have a double-minor for roughing and Scottie Hartnell wouldn't have any penalty minutes, I might have said you were crazy.
Next up: Only two games in the next 9 days, starting with the Flames visiting the Igloo on Wednesday. Big game.