Assistant GM Bill Guerin gives his three impressions of the Penguins’ 5-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.
1. Puck decisions were not very good.
2. Special teams were not good.
3. We just had too many guys playing below their capability
Sam Kasan gives his three impressions from the press box.
1. Tough Start
The Pens played their third game in four nights less than 24 hours after a decisive 4-0 win in Calgary, so their legs were going to be tired. The Canucks took advantage and jumped on Pittsburgh early. Vancouver had a 1-0 lead before the Pens registered their first shot on goal. Halfway through the first period Vancouver built a 2-0 lead that the Pens couldn’t overcome.
2. Reviewed No Goal
However, there was a play in the second period that could have changed the outcome of the contest. Pittsburgh trailed 2-0, but five minutes into the second frame it appeared the Pens had scored to pull within a goal. Derrick Pouliot’s shot went off the post, off the back of goalie Ryan Miller, and trickled into the crease. Brandon Sutter reached to poke it over the line, but a Canucks player fell into the post and knocked it off the moorings. The refs ruled the post was off before the puck crossed the goal line. A video review was inconclusive, resulting in the “no goal” call on the ice. If Sutter scored on that play, the game may have ended much differently.
3. Strong Finish
Even though the Pens entered the third period trailing 4-0, they didn’t just pack it in and wait for the game to end. They battled hard in the game’s final minutes, outshooting the Canucks 14-3, but it was Vancouver that scored the only goal. It was just that type of night for the Pens. Even when they were doing the right things, they weren’t rewarded. Pittsburgh still finished the Western Canadian swing with four of six points and a 2-1 mark.