Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pens 3 - Habs 1: Final

Pens close this one out in the third, with the Habs never really threatening to contest the outcome. Pens continue to get scoring and chances from all over the lineup, with Arron Asham batting a rebound out of mid-air past Price for the third and final goal. The Pens let up a bit in the third, but still managed to remain in control. The Habs had a few good chances, including a few shorthanded, but the Habs offense really couldn't sustain much of an attack against the Pens. The Pens PK continued to do marvelous work, and the Pens continue to do very well in the faceoff circle. Fleury stood tall when asked, seeing the puck very well and controlling rebounds without any problems. The lone goal against was a broken play off the faceoff and a shot from the point through a screen that was redirected to the high blocker; Fleury didn't have much of a chance. Still, Fleury is playing as good as he ever has.

Dustin Jeffrey had a solid game for a last-minute entry into the lineup, putting some great shots and some solid chances on net. His play was clearly noticed by the coaching staff, who gave him time on the PP at the end of the game. With the Pens suffering quite a few injuries at forward and Letestu struggling, Jeffrey has a great opportunity to see more time in the lineup.

All in all, a good, if unspectacular, win for the Pens. The Habs came in struggling and never really took control of this one, but the Pens never gave it up either. Winnable game? For sure. But getting Vitale and Asham on the board, Engelland putting up his first multi-point game, and Neal continuing his tear is more than enough to come away from this one feeling great. Well deserved win.

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