Recap: Senators 4, Penguins 1

There are lots and lots of things to talk about with this game. One in which the Penguins lost 4-1 to the Senators.

Heading into tonight, the Penguins had played 90 straight games without losing consecutive games in regulation. Tonight, that came to an end. Their infamous road struggles on the season only rolled into Thursday’s night’s tilt and started from the onset of the game.

Penguins goalie Matt Murray was playing in his first game since last year (haha) and he was okay but not spectacular tonight. Not much could’ve been expected from a guy who hadn’t seen any game action as of late. He made 29 saves on 33 shots.

Senators goalie Mike Condon had himself a solid game tonight. Challenged early and often by Penguins shooters, Condon was up to the task robbing many would-be-scorers from burying the puck. He turned away 29 of the 30 shots tonight for the W.

The game started out terribly for Pittsburgh. An early penalty to Carl Hagelin allowed the Senators to get on the board first when Bobby Ryan blasted a heavy slap shot from an similar place that Alexander Ovechkin did one night prior. The bleeding didn’t stop there.

Another terrible Steven Oleksy penalty put the Penguins shorthanded and the Senators Mike Hoffman wasted no time getting on the board to make it 2-0 with less than half the period played. They rode that lead into the locker room.

Period two had rolled around and the Senators decided to score again, this time Taylor Pyatt for a three goal lead.

The Penguins weren’t going down that easily. Conor Sheary did what he’s done all year and contribute by scoring a goal that was assisted by Evgeni Malkin and Ian Cole.

In the third period, Mark Stone added the official dagger to the scoreboard making it 4-1, which resulted in the final score.

Late in the third period with just under 2 minutes to go, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan was tossed from the game by referee Wes McCauley. When asked about the incident after the game, Sullivan said that it “will stay between him and the referees”. According to an NHL rule, he may be subject to some sort of disciplinary action.

Three Impressions

  • Mike Sullivan wasn’t happy. We all know Sullivan said something over the line if he was actually kicked from the hockey game. It seems rather odd to be kicked so late in a game for just barking at the referees. Sullivan couldn’t have been particularly happy with his team’s play, which may have dampened his mood and caused him to say something he didn’t want to or shouldn’t have. He may face disciplinary action.
  • Not a road team. The Penguins’ road woes continued as they saw their record away from PPG Paints Arena fall to 8-8-3. As a team, there is a different sense when you’re not playing in front of a crowd who is behind you. The dynamic is different. The atompshere is different. The Penguins aren’t playing sound hockey right now when they’re away from home and it shows. Their rhythm is off. It’s something they’ll need to address going forward.
  • Those damn penalties. It started with Carl Hagelin. It trickled to Steven Oleksy. These were the first two players to commit penalties in the game. The Penguins were scored on with both in the box. It was 2-0 before the Penguins could kill a complete penalty. They didn’t give up anymore power play goals but allowed three more chances for a total of five penalties. They couldn’t convert on any of their three power plays either.

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