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Pens Lose in Overtime to Open Up Season

After an amazing 25 minute Championship Celebration that Culminated in a Banner Raising, the Pens would have to get down to business.  The business being the defending of that Championship. It started out strong as the Pens would notch the seasons first goal but would later see that lead disappear.  The Pens would mount a two goal comeback in the third period to move the game into overtime, only to lose the game in overtime by the final score of 5-4.

After the game Coach Sullivan stated that he Thought they “played hard, but not always smart.”  Hard to disagree with that and it did not look as if Murray was at the top of his game either although he had some really incredible saves including this one.

It was a night full of pomp and circumstance, but one that ended with a wrist shot to the short side of Matt Murray that would deflect off the top of Murray’s glove and slip just inside the cross bar.

The Pens would jump on the board first early in the first period with a goal by Justin Schultz from a feed by Crosby.  Shortly after that goal, the Pens would give up a 2 minute barrage of shots and pressure that kicked in just 7 minutes into the period.   That barrage would turn into the Blues first goal that would tie the game.   Later in the period, they would take the lead with a power play goal.   It would be the Blues only special teams goal, as they would finish 1-4.

The Pens would tie the game midway through the second period with an Olli Maatta goal.  But the tie would not last as Alex Pietrangelo would score his first of two goals on the night to give the Blues a 3-2 lead.

In the third, down 4-2 the Pittsburgh Penguins would go to work as first Sidney Crosby would score on the power play, followed by a goal by Connor Sheary just about :50 seconds later.   Both teams would hold serve until the overtime period when Pietrangelo would sneak one just off the glove of Murray to give the Blues a 5-4 overtime lead.

The Pens would post a point, but it would be a disappointing game as the defense gave up 34 shots and way too many chances.

As mentioned, the game started off with a 25 minute ceremony that included a video, a laser light show, player introductions, the bringing out of the Stanley Cup and a banner raising.  The Banner raising looked a little like this.

Pittsburgh will play again tonight as they head out to Chicago to face the Blackhawks at the United Center.  Puck drops at 8:30 and will be the first regular season game of the season for AT&T Sports and the new play by play man for the Pens, Steve Mears.




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