Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Penguins 5, Maple Leafs 4 (SO)

So what happened?

I missed this game, so this is the purely statistical review.

Looks like the Pens got behind the eight ball early (they were out shot 27-17 through the first two periods) and were almost finished off early in the third when the Leafs scored twice just 19 seconds apart to take a 4-1 lead.

The Pens roared back with three unanswered goals, the last on a deflection by Malkin with just 7 seconds remaining in regulation.

The game went to a shootout, where per recent trends, Geno was the deciding factor.  He notched the only shootout goal, giving the Pens the two points.

Flower was the #1 star, so I'm guessing he held the fort and gave the Pens a chance to tie the game.  Any time you face 14 shots in a period and don't allow anything (as he did in the first), you're doing something right.

Who scored?

Cooke (8), Sullivan (10), Vitale (3), Malkin (27)

The Good?
  • A nice comeback at home.
  • Geno and Flower in the shootout.
The Bad?
  • Getting down 2-0 and then 4-1.
  • Getting out shot 14-6 in the first period.  A bit rusty, maybe?  Not quite ready for the start of the game?
What's their record now?
The Pens are 29-17-4.

Who's next?
A quick trip to Toronto for the second half of the back-to-back tomorrow night.

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