Sam Kasan gives his three impressions from the press box of the Pens’ 6-5 win against the Ottawa Senators. 1. Captain
Pens captain Sidney Crosby entered the contest with a career-best 7-game home goal-scoring streak. He kept that streak alive and in a big way. Crosby turned a 3-2 deficit into a 6-4 lead with a natty hatty (natural hat trick). It was Crosby’s 9th career hat trick and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Pens. And what’s best is that 2 of the goals were scored right in the blue paint. He took a beating and got his nose dirty. The reward was a 4-point night and a showering of hats. Crosby now has 12 goals in 8 straight home contests. 2. Goalies
While it was a great game for Crosby, it was not a good night for the goaltenders. Neither of them. Both tenders – Marc-Andre Fleury and Craig Anderson – were fighting the puck all night and gave up some soft goals that they certainly wish they could have another crack at. Both teams smartly sensed the struggles and smelled blood. They shot and attacked with fury. It’s not uncommon for a goaltender every now and then to have difficulty tracking pucks and fighting off shots. But you typically don’t see both guys having an off night. Fleury has been arguably the Pens’ MVP all season long. Tonight he didn’t have his stuff, and this time his teammates picked him up. 3. Dominance
Don’t let the scoreboard fool you. Despite winning by only 1 goal, the Pens completely dominated the game. They put up 6 goals, outshot the Sens by a 44-23 margin and owned the time of possession. Pittsburgh had a great start as far as their play, effort and execution. There were a lot of positives to take away from this contest for Pittsburgh, including 2points in the standings.