MAF was rock solid and the Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Monday night. It was a great team performance by the Penguins to get the job done and move to 5-1 on the season and 4-0 on the road.
The Penguins third line scored three of the Penguins goals. TK had two goals and Jordan Staal put one in the net. Bill Guerin scored the other for the Penguins.
The game started off a little gloomy as the Sens got the first goal by Milan Michalek, but not to be outdone the Penguins (namely Guerin) scored a goal 39 seconds later to tie the game up and silence the crowd at Scotiabank Place.
It would get a lot quieter when TK scored twice in the second period 11:14 apart to make it a 3-1 game. The first of his goals was just a tough gritty goal where the puck would glance off a Senators defensemen skate and go into the goal. The second of TK's goals was just a sniper shot from the right point on a 2 on 1 (sort of) and going top shelf.
Jordan Staal scored the last of the Pens goals in the third off a rebound from a Mike Ruup shot to make it 4-1.
Not real sure what the Sens practice daily but I assume that hitting the net isn't one of those things. The Sens put 31 shots on MAF but they also missed 30 shots. There were spells of time where they would just fire shots at goal and hit nothing but the glass behind them.
The Sens also hit two posts and continuously were making bad passes and being very casual with the puck. It got so bad towards the end of the game that Alex Kovalev was getting booed by his hometown fans in the third period. I don't blame them, with about six minutes left in the game the Sens got a 5-on-3 and could barely get a shot off. There was little effort being shown and they had given up.
The Senators must have been watching the Flyers and Leafs also because they were doing their best to throw as many cheap shots as they could. Gonchar gets boarded by Chris Neil, which wasn't called, then afer a scrum there were cheap shots thrown by Neil and every other goon on the ice for Ottawa. Neil was sent off the ice, but not before he was yelling at the Penguins bench.
Wondering what he was saying? That he was sorry? Doubt it. He was probably going to say he could beat them up. Great. Learn how to play hockey first.
Lets Go Pens