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3 Impressions: Canes 3, Pens 2 OT

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

Sam Kasan gives his three impressions of the Pens’ 3-2 overtime loss against the Carolina Hurricanes.

1. Odd Flow
Every game is unique and different in its own way. But tonight’s game was very bizarre in many ways. The opening period appeared lifeless between both teams. At the end of 20 minutes the shots were 5-5. Neither side could build any momentum or make anything happen. The Hurricanes grabbed a 2-0 lead (first from a blown coverage in the defensive zone) after a strange goal against. Kris Versteeg’s shot went off the backboards, popped into the air over the net, hit goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in the back and trickled in. Some bad puck luck on that sequence. But even throughout the game, despite some nice sequences from each team, neither really was able to ride any momentum.  

2. Captain’s Charge
The Pens found themselves in a 2-0 hole halfway through the second period. And it was their captain who led the charge back. Crosby won an offensive zone faceoff that led to Kris Letang’s goal to get Pittsburgh on the board. Crosby nearly set up a goal from high in the zone while on his knees, seriously. He threw a backhander on goal that went off Cam Ward’s pad and then the post. But in the third period Crosby came up clutch. After a nice keep by Patric Hornqvist, Crosby had the puck below the goal line and found Chris Kunitz, surrounded by three Hurricanes, in the slot. Kunitz went top-shelf to tie the game at 2-2. The captain was darn good tonight, and the Pens needed him to be.

3. Malkin’s Penalty
The Pens lost the contest after Evgeni Malkin took a hooking penalty in the offensive zone on Jordan Staal. It was an ill-advised penalty for Malkin to take. Malkin no doubt wasn’t pleased with himself for putting his team down a man. It gave the Hurricanes a power play and they made it count on Jeff Skinner’s OT winner.

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