Sunday, May 09, 2010

Penguins 2, Canadiens 1

So what happened?
The Pens took advantage of a first period power play to take a lead which the Habs couldn't overcome. Gonchar added an insurance marker midway through the second period. The Canadiens were the beneficiary of Orpik kicking the puck into the net with 30 seconds left, but never really threatened to tie the game in the last 30 seconds.

Fleury was excellent, and the defense was good enough to bail out Flower the few times he left a rebound hanging.

The interesting thing is that Halak is getting beat by long shots. I know there was traffic in front of him on both goals, but it looks like the Pens have found a hole they're exploiting.

Who scored?
Letang (4), Gonchar (2)

Any surprises?
Goals from the blue line are always a nice surprise.

Where do we go from here?
The Pens can end things in Montreal on Monday. That would be very satisfying.

  • Great determination on the part of Flower and the five guys in front of him to keep the puck out of the net on several of those scrums in front of the cage.
  • There were several nice surges in the offensive zone by the Pens, keeping the Habs locked down in their own end. This started with the very first shift of the night.
  • I would love to have seen Letestu score on his mini-breakaway. I like what Letestu brings, and he seems much more willing to do the little things than the scratches last night.

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