Pens assistant GM Bill Guerin gives his three impressions from the management booth of the Penguins’ 3-2 overtime loss against the Boston Bruins.
1. I thought we played a good, team game. We hung in there until the end. Unfortunately we didn’t score, but we had a lot of good efforts from a lot of different players.
2. “Geno” was definitely the X-factor. He had his A game tonight.
3. All four lines had good chemistry. Good balance tonight.
Sam Kasan gives his three impressions from the press box.
1. Skating Room
Typically when the Pens play the Boston Bruins there is less open space than the drain pipe Andy Dufresne crawled through to freedom from the Shawshank Prison. But that was not the case tonight. The Pens skated freely in, around and through the Bruins as if they were merely pylons. The Pens were able to use their biggest strength – speed – to dominate the Bruins.
Although Pens defenseman Kris Letang didn’t notch a point in the game, he deserves a lot of credit for a gutsy performance. He’s shouldered a lot of responsibility with all the injuries on the defensive corps and has played through some serious pain. He led the team in ice time (once again) with 27:28 minutes. That’s even more impressive considering he was hit by not one, but two hard shots. He was in obvious pain on both occasions, but like a true warrior, didn’t miss a shift.
Pens center Evgeni Malkin was the best player on the ice in all facets of the game. Offensively he chipped in on both goals for Pittsburgh, setting up Beau Bennett with a beautiful backward pass from below the goal line and scoring himself on a monster slap shot. Malkin had six shots in the game and fired off numerous chances during the power play. He even showed off in the third period, dancing with the puck while weaving through the entire Bruins team.