Monday, February 3, 2014

Penguins Game 56 Recap - Penguins 2, Senators 1 (OT)

This was a pretty outstanding hockey game to watch. It was wide open hockey with some great goaltending and when it was all said and done in the end the Penguins got a goal from James Neal just two minutes into overtime for another regulation/overtime win.

While the game was wide open the Penguins got 48 shots off on Senators netminder Craig Anderson. Anderson stopped all but two of them but in the end that is all the Penguins needed. Anderson was really good tonight and really was the main reason the game was in overtime. I must say that Ottawa overall did a pretty nice job. While the Penguins had a high shot number they weren't all high quality chances but if you get enough rubber at the goal a few are bound to go in.

On the other end Marc-Andre Fleury was the reason the Penguins won. He only faced 25 shots and stopped 24 of them, none better than a save he made on Erik Karlsson late in the third period. The game was tied 1-1 with a little over 10 minutes to go in the game and Karlsson had the puck on his stick with a wide open net. Karlsson is one of the best offensive defensemen in the league and this is what happened:


Oh baby what a save. Maybe one of the best, if not the best, of the season and if Karlsson scores there and it's probably over. He didn't get a ton of action but he made sure that Ottawa wasn't going to get any more than that one goal. He didn't face a shot in overtime but the reason they were even in overtime was because of him.

The Penguins were all over the Senators in overtime. Not sure Ottawa even touched the puck the entire two minutes that overtime lasted. James Neal made it all happen as he picked the pocket of some Senator (OK, maybe they did touch the puck) and then go it to Malkin who found Robert Bortuzzo wide open. Not sure Bort knew what was going on but he put the puck on net and Anderson made the save. Neal gathered the rebound and showed unreal patients to score the goal:

A little interesting that only four different players took face-offs for the Penguins tonight. I am not sure what the average is for a game but I would imagine that it is a few more than that. Jussi Jokinen had only two face-offs and Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Brandon Sutter took every other one. Again I have no idea how often that happens but it seems unique to me.

The rest of this recap can just be you watching that save by MAF. Man.

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