The Pens controlled play through 2 periods, as they would close out Anaheim at home by the final score of 3-2. Pittsburgh was able to absorb the heavy hitters of the Ducks and counter with that great speed we talk about.
Sidney Crosby skated today, but once again by himself as he is still out indefinitely in what they call day-to-day. There is no other news but if you recall, he did this for weeks a couple of seasons ago so this could really be a while. Here is a little pre game audio from Mike Sullivan.
During the first period, the Ducks would throw 12 shots on goalie Marc Andre Fleury in the first 10 minutes of the period. But Fleury was up to the task and would hold serve while his offense would wake up. And wake up is what they did as they would go on a run that would eventually lead to the games first goal. Pittsburgh scored the first goal as Cole would bury a shot past Ducks Goalie Jonathan Bernier to give the Pens a 1-0 lead with less than 10 minutes to play in the first period.
Shortly after the Pens took the lead, the Ducks would get a 2-man advantage for nearly 2 full minutes just past midway through the first period. The Ducks would tie the game during that 5 on 3 by Cam Fowler.
In the second period, the Pens would take control of the game as they would score twice as Conner Sheary would get a hard-working goal to give the Pens a 2-1 lead. That would be followed by a soft wrister that would slide between the wickets of Bernier for a 3-1 lead. Fleury and the Pens would give up a late goal in the second to cut the lead to 3-2. The Penguins kept the offensive pressure on as they had 21 shots on goal in the first, and another 13 in the second.
In the third period, Bernier would earn some stars as he was the only reason the Pens did not take control of the game and blow away the Ducks. As the Ducks netminder was standing on his head, the Pens back checking would keep the Anaheim offense in check. Although as the period would drag on, Fleury would be forced to fend off some point blank shots. In the end, Pittsburgh would close things out. The final score 3-2 as Marc Andre-Fleury would stop 33 of 35 shots.
The line of Kessel, Bonino, and Hagelin continue to be difference makers this season as their speed is something most teams struggle with. The Pens would out shoot the Ducks 45-35 for the game.