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3 Impressions: Pens 3, Panthers 2 OT

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins


Sam Kasan gives his three impressions from the press box of the Penguins’ 3-2 overtime win against the Florida Panthers.

1. Oh Captain
Sidney Crosby had his best game of the season against Florida, snapping his pointless drought with three points, including a first-period power-play goal. Michelle Crechiolo has a full recap on Crosby’s night. However, I will say I loved his attitude in the first period when he locked horns with Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr. Crosby played physical on Jagr and the two even jawed at each other. When Crosby is competing on that level you know he’s keyed in.

2. Power Play
The Pens’ power play finally broke through for a pair of scores and it was the difference in the game. The new-look power play, which featured Phil Kessel in the slot and Evgeni Malkin on the half wall, tallied in the first period thanks to Crosby’s top-shelf shot. Kessel’s presence in the slot attracted the Panthers’ attention and opened up a passing lane for Malkin to feed Crosby. Pittsburgh won the game in overtime when Malkin blasted a slap shot by Roberto Luongo for the Pens’ second man-advantage score.

3. Review on Reviews on Reviews
The contest between the Penguins and Panthers featured three official reviews. The first review was on a play where a Florida’s Reilly Smith scored with a high stick. The call on the ice was a high stick on the puck and following a review, that call stood. The second review was on a Chris Kunitz score. Kunitz crashed the net for a loose puck in the crease and knocked the puck and goaltender Luongo into the net. The refs waved off the goal due to the goalie interference. The last review was on the Pens’ overtime winning goal. The refs looked to see if the Pens entered the zone off sides prior to the goal being scored. The call on the ice was that it was a good play and that call stood.


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