If you thought the Penguins weren't going to bounce back then you were high. Flower is the king of bounce back games and tonight was no different. Fleury didn't have to make a ton of saves, but he made the big ones in crunch time. That is what he does.
How good was the Penguins defense tonight? With Jordan Leopold out for a majority of the game after a hit to the head, I mean "clean hit", the Penguins rolled with five defensemen and they know what they had to do, and they did it.
The Penguins also played some amazing physical hockey tonight. They dished out 52 hits, 21 in the first period alone. Chris Kunitz was an absolute monster with the body again tonight and he looks great after coming off the DL from his shoulder injury. He is just all over the place.
Speaking of Kunitz he was pretty much the the whole reason for Bing's goal in the first period. Kune got the turnover in the offensive zone and held the puck and saw that Bing was slicing down the slot and just threw a shot on net. Rebound. Goal. Great heads up play by Kunitz to not try and be too cute, just get the puck on net and good things are going to happen.
The game didn't look like it was goign to be very good at the start when the Sens got off to a 1-0 lead just 18 seconds into the contest. Spezza found Peter Regin at the left point and beat Flower with a laser over the glove hand. Not to be outdone Fleury shut the door the rest of the game and gave his team a chance to win and he was rewarded.
As much as we want to talk about Fleury and his bounce back abilities it was Bing who had a highlight real game. He scored the game tying goal, saved a potential go ahead goal for Ottawa and then set up the game winning goal with a beautiful set up behind the net.
We already talked about the first goal of the game for Bing, but good Lord what a set up he had for Letangs game winner. You know when you watch those And 1 basketball tapes and some dude breaks a defenders ankles and they throw the ball off the court and walk off and the game is over?
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Bing did not less than own Jason Spezza before setting up the game winning goal. Spezza just should have went to the locker room and taken a shower. He was made to look a fool. I guess that is what you get when you try to deliver an elbow shot to Sid in game one. Douche.
Can I ask you to argue with me if you don't think that Letang goal reminds you of the one he scored in game three of the Caps series last year in OT? Letang scores big goals. Although this was not overtime it was very clear starting the third period that the first goal of the period was going to win.
Not only does Bing figure in on both goals but he also saved one. Volchenov took a shot from the slot, it slipped past Fleury and was sliding towards the net until Bing dives and knocks it out of the crease. Who says he isn't the best player in hockey? For real. OV isn't even 50 feet close enough to make that play. What a gamer.
One of the best games the Penguins have played in a while. Lets just hope it rolls over. Great win though.
1 down. 15 to go.