Well, if you already went ahead and got that 82-0 tattoo on your body then you might have been a little premature with it since the Penguins dropped their first game tonight 2-1 to the Edmonton Oilers in a shootout. I didn’t think the Penguins could lose in shootouts. Who knew?
The Penguins actually let one slip away as they gave up the game tying goal with just under five minutes into the game and then failed to score on a five minute power play to end regulation. The night started off as well as it could with a power play goal from Kris Letang in the fourth minute. The Penguins ended with the power play going 1-of-8.
As much as we can talk about the Penguins not finishing you have to give credit to the Oilers. They are a young team and they played their balls off to earn the two points. Brent Johnson started in net tonight and had to make a ton of great stops and it was kinda of like only a matter of time before Edmonton got one through, and they did.
It is not as if the Penguins didn’t play well. The Oilers blocked 25 shots and gave up 34 shots to the Penguins. That is not like they were getting looks at it. Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk made some nice saves himself and took the win and the number one star for the night.
All in all this was a nice end to the road trip. The Penguins played three games in four nights and were the opening game of the season for three Canadian teams and were able to earn five of a possible six points. Not sure how you can’t be happy about that.
The Penguins get a day off before they host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday for the first home game of the season. Should be fun.