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3 Impressions: Ducks 2, Pens 1

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

Sam Kasan gives his three impressions from the Pens’ 2-1 loss against the Anaheim Ducks.

1. Fast Start
The Pens have been guilty of having bad starts on several occasions this season. One of those occurred on Saturday afternoon against the LA Kings. The team talked after the game about rectifying the problem. They followed through against the Ducks with a solid opening minutes/period. Pittsburgh jumped out to a 1-0 lead just three minutes into the contest on Olli Maatta’s second goal in as many games.

2. Challenge
It appeared that the Ducks tied the game at 1-1 in the first period with a power play goal. However, the coaching staff believed that the Ducks were guilty of an offsides play prior to the score. Pittsburgh challenged the goal and the play was reversed. As a result of the successful challenge, the Pens remained ahead 1-0.

“We were right on the blue line so for us it was an instinct,” head coach Mike Johnston said. “On that you don’t have a true overhead in our room. It wasn’t a call from the room. We just felt on the bench that it was close enough to call it.”

3. Comeback Failure
The Pens have won only one game over the past season-plus when trailing entering the third period. They knew the Ducks were going to play it tight. And that’s what happened. Anaheim clogged up the neutral zone and smothered the Pens’ anytime they touched the puck. Pittsburgh had one final gasp with a power-play and pulled goaltender in the final 1:20 of the game, but again, failed to convert the tying score.

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