Unfortunately, I did not get to watch the whole game as I had to work a particularly long day today. I missed the first period. From the point that I started watching until the end of regulation, I thought the Pens dominated. The overtime period was a little bit different with the Senators showing more determination. Ottawa actually got some good goaltending and just a sh**load of blocked shots. In fact, the Senators had more blocked shots than they took shots on goal. (46 Blocked shots – 44 Shots on goal) You have to give Ottawa credit, they played well and showed a great deal of resolve.
One thing I noticed myself thinking during the course of this game was how each time the Senators had a shot or scoring chance, it feels like there is a chance the puck will go in. I lack the kind of confidence in Fleury that I had last year. I am not saying that this game was in any way his fault, but that is the feeling I was having as I watched tonight. He has played inconsistent for much of the season, leading to my reduced confidence. With that said, I thought he played well tonight. In fact, I gain a bit more confidence with each game. I still think he is our man and will get back to the form we saw last year.
- Ponikarovsky played well again tonight. He did not show up on the score sheet, but had probably his best all around game.
- Billy Guerin showed a little extra jump in his step tonight.
- Just for the record, Fedotenko, who Krundle pointed out as having the worst +/- rating on the team, was a -2 tonight. In his defense his whole line was -2, inlcuding Selke finalist Jordan Staal.
- The referees have to be extra drained tonight…..and not just because of the overtimes.
Looks like the Pens will have to saw this series off in Ottawa.