Friday, November 11, 2011

Pens 1 - Stars 1: 2nd Intermission Quick Hits

What a difference an intermission makes. The Dallas Stars coaching staff must have passed out the smelling salts in the dressing room, because the Stars immediately came out and established a physical presence in the second. After killing the Pens PP, the Stars managed to get some good chances early against Fleury. The Pens were caught on their heels a bit as they adapted to a newly assertive opponent.

The Pens eventually managed to re calibrate and match the Stars toe-to-toe. The chances were a bit harder to come by in the second for both sides, but when they did it usually involved second and third chances around the net. The Pens late PP produced the tying goal, first on a Kunitz redirect on a Malkin shot that was called off and then off a great shot by Neal from the LW slot that Lehtonen couldn't get all of.

The third period should be an interesting one. Can the Pens come out quick and catch the Stars on their heels or will the Stars jump out and try to take command? Whatever the case, this should be an exciting finish...

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