Co-director of amateur scouting Randy Sexton gives his thee impressions from the booth of the Penguins’ 5-4 shootout win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre.
1. I thought Thomas Greiss did a great job on Bobby Ryan, their most dangerous scorer, both on the penalty and in the shootout.
2. Paul Martin did a great job on the backend for us. Logged a lot of minutes and was never in any trouble.
3. I thought (Kris) Letang’s game was dynamic. It’s almost like he decided that he was going to show everybody in Ottawa that he’s a better player than Erik Karlsson. I thought the two of them had a few battles going all night.
Sam Kasan gives his three impressions from the press box.
The Pens put on a clinic in terms of puck possession against Ottawa through the first two periods. If it felt like the Pens held the puck in the Senators' zone for nearly the entire 40 minutes, it’s because the Pens held the puck in the Senators' zone for nearly the entire 40 minutes. Pittsburgh tilted the ice by a lopsided margin in their favor, and as a result held a 3-0 lead after two periods.
2. Late Surge
The Sens scratched, clawed, and fought their way back into the contest. A pair of goals cut the Pens’ lead to 3-2. It looked like the Pens would pull away when Sidney Crosby scored his second goal of the game with five minutes left to make it a 4-2 Pittsburgh advantage. But a pair of goals by Ottawa 13 seconds apart, one off of a defensive breakdown, evened the contest.
3. Greiss Response
Thomas Greiss was brilliant in the first two periods of the contest. He stopped Bobby Ryan on a penalty shot, Erik Karlsson on a breakaway, and Alex Chiasson from point blank. But then the Sens roared back and scored four in the third period to tie the game. Greiss’ confidence wasn’t shaken. He was able to shut the door from there and stopped all three Ottawa shooters in the shootout to win the contest. Greiss showed some mental toughness.