The first two periods were fine. The third period? No so much.
The Pens had it all going in the first period, outshooting the Rangers 15-6 and possessing the puck in the offensive zone for much of the last 5 minutes of the period. It culminated in a great goal by Geno off of a nice pass from Sid.
After that, the Pens didn't have the same tenacity, or at least not the same level of success.
- Geno scored his third goal in two games on a beautiful move to beat Lundqvist.
- Sid's point streak will continue after his assist on Geno's goal.
- Johnson was great through the first two periods.
- Johnson was really bad in the third. His defense didn't help him, but he seemed to be off his angle on several of the goals.
- Asham engaged Avery early in the third with the Pens holding a 1-0 lead. I don't like fighting at that point - there's nothing to gain and everything to lose. The Rangers seemed to be able to turn up the intensity and feed off of that.
- Only six shots in the third period is not enough offense.
- The Pens had a goal disallowed that would have tied the game. The refs ruled that Dupuis went into Lundqvist, preventing him from having a chance to make the save. It was a HORRIBLE call, since the replay showed clearly that Rosival pushed Dupuis into King Henrik. Really, really bad.
- The lack of zone time and shots on net during the second and third period... again... were disappointing and surprising.
What's their record now? Any important move in the standings?
The Pens are now 21-10-2. Let's avoid talking about the standings until they get the ship righted, okay?
The Pens have some time to work on things with no games this weekend. The Coyotes come to Consol on Monday.