Monday, January 10, 2011

Bruins 4, Penguins 2

So what happened?
This was a kick in the nuts. The Bruins were the recipients of a seeing-eye one-timer from Zdeno Chara at the very end of a power play late in the third period. It cut the deficit to 2-1 and the Bruins were energized. At that point, they wanted it more than the Penguins did. Before you could blink, the score was tied and after a questionable call against Jordan Staal, the penalty kill betrayed the Pens a second time in less than three minutes, allowing the Bruins to take the lead for good.

This is a troubling trend - we've seen at least three third period collapses so far this season. Does this team have the will to win when it counts?

Who scored?
Rupp (4), Letang (7)

The Good?
  • The effort for almost 57:00 was great, and Fleury was spectacular during the first 57 minutes.
The Bad?
  • The last three minutes and change. You can't let another team steal the game away like that. At least get it to overtime.
  • Too many penalties. Again. At crucial times. Late in the third.
The Ugly?
  • The Pens were out shot 13-2 in the third period. You have to be able to get more than two pucks on net in a period, especially when the game is close, much less the DTGL (Dreaded Two Goal Lead).
Any Surprises?
  • The defensive breakdowns late in the third. On the PK is somewhat understandable, but on the even strength goal that tied the score? If you're a forward, don't get beat going back towards your own net.
What's their record now? Any important move in the standings?
The Pens are now 26-14-4. They have lost five of the past six games.

Who's next?
A quick chance for revenge from last Thursday when the Pens go back to Montreal on Wednesday night.

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