Saturday, December 17, 2011

Mistakes - Senators 6, Penguins 4

So what happened?

Too many turnovers, not enough getting the puck deep and a lack of ability to shut down Spezza and Alfredsson.  This felt like 2006-07 all over again.

Paul Martin was injured.  No word on whether he'll miss any time.

Who scored?

Sullivan (6), Niskanan (2), Malkin (12), Kunitz (10)

The Good?
  • Two power play goals, both on faceoff wins followed by a shot from the point with Kunitz in front.  Funny how that works when you shoot the puck on the net.
  • The Pens out shot the Sens, 36 - 24.
  • Simon Despres played the most minutes of his young NHL career and was a +1.  I thought he played well.
  • Eric Tangradi did some good things in his return to the NHL.  He looks like he has the size, and his skating seems to be better.  He could be a big asset if he sticks - the Pens could use some size on the wings to compliment James Neal.
The Bad?
  • Five goals allowed in the second period is terrible no matter how you slice it.
  • The PK has allowed goals in six straight (I think) and this one was a back breaker.  The Sens scored to take a two-goal lead with less than five seconds left in the second period.  Ugh.
  • Dupuis - 2-8 on faceoffs.  That hurts given that his line will frequently start in the defensive zone.
The Ugly?
  • This team is now in danger of falling into a prolonged slump.  There are too many breakdowns and not enough consistency.  They have to pull themselves out of it.
Any Surprises?
  • Eight goals in one period is a surprise any time it happens (5-3 Sens in the second period alone).
What's their record now?
The Pens are 17-11-4.

Who's next?
The Sabres come to Consol tonight.

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