Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pens 0 - Lightning 1: 1st Intermission Quick Hits

Good period by the Pens. Strong forecheck, getting pucks behind the 1-3-1, and generating sustained zone pressure and chances. The Pens have been pressing hard defensively for quick turnovers and immediately starting the rush the other way, which has made it very difficult for Tampa to setup in their trap. The Pens have done a great job defensively as a team, negating most of what Tampa has been able to throw at them. Tampa had relatively few sustained chances in the Pens end, with Pittsburgh managing to diffuse the offensive charge quickly and efficiently by aggressive attack of the puck carrier. The times that Fleury has been called on, he's been strong.

The lone goal was attributed to a miscue by Jordan Staal deep in the Pens own end. Jordan looked up ice before fully controlling the puck and allowed Vinny Lecavalier to pick his pocket and skate in on Fleury uncontested. That was the only real blemish by the Pens this period. A much better start here as compared to Tuesday night against the Avalanche.

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