Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sharks 3, Penguins 2 (OT)

So what happened?
Another hard luck single point result for the Pens. A dramatic late goal with 50 seconds left in the third period by Tyler Kennedy sent the game to OT.

They did just about everything they could to stay with the Sharks but just couldn't finish them off in OT. The one thing they could have done better? They went to the box too much early in the game with dumb penalties, especially the Engelland cross check and the Adams hook in the offensive zone (which is the one the Sharks scored on).

Fleury was amazing, making several HUGE saves, none bigger than the same on Marleau on a breakaway in OT. Unfortunately, they were about four seconds short on getting to a shoot out.

Who scored?
Kennedy 2 (13, 14)

The Good?
  • Joe Vitalie - 8-0 on faceoffs!!
  • TK with two more goals tonight. He's on a tear.
  • Antti Niemi was really good, making several saves where he shouldn't have been able to see the puck.
  • Flower, as mentioned, was great.
The Bad?
  • Too many penalties through the first two periods, and it cost them.
  • Brooks Orpik took a shot off of the hand. He left and didn't return. Hopefully it's not bad.
  • After Orpik left, the Pens had to play with five right-handed defensemen. Remember when everyone was worried because the Pens had all left-handed d-men?
The Ugly?
  • The refs. The amazingly bad non-call on Ryan Clowe for his retaliation hit on Engelland was embarrassing. If you didn't see it, Engelland delivered a solid, clean hit on Heatley. As he (Engelland) was skating away, Clowe knocked him over from behind, right in front of everyone. You can't tell me one of the zebras wasn't watching - everyone takes notice when a big hit is delivered.
Any Surprises?
  • What's up with the lights? For the second game in a row, they wouldn't come back on to start the period. This time the delay was almost 20 minutes, leaving Steigy and Errey to talk continuously.
What's their record now? Any important move in the standings?
The Pens are now 36-20-6.

Who's next?
Out onto the road for five games starting with Carolina on Friday night.

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