The Pittsburgh Penguins played most of the game in the Ottawa Senators zone. The Penguins showed speed, resilience and offensive creativity. They attempted 53 shots at even strength. And they lost, 2-1 to Ottawa in OT.
Ottawa’s replaced their fabled defensive tightness with aggressive defense and chippy play. The Pens and Sens had at each other, highlighted by defenseman Kris Letang wrestling with Brady Tkachuk in the third period. Letang had a spotlight type night–he was the victim of a few penalties. A few of them were called, and a few were not called. Letang was called for a couple of minor penalties and wasn’t called for a couple of others.
It was a battle.
The talented Penguins did everything but light the lamp.
Evgeni Malkin hit a couple of posts. Bryan Rust’s war with the hockey gods continues as he too hit a post and lost a shorthanded breakaway when the pass he intercepted knocked the stick from his hands.
There isn’t much analysis to give to this game. The Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators through the neutral zone. Won puck battles. And outskated the pesky Senators. Had they converted a couple of the early chances, the game could have been ugly.
There were, however, a few rough performances and a few players who need to bring a better game.