I can't remember the last time I saw a second period like that. Actually, correction - I can't remember the last time I saw a single period like that, never mind the placement of it. The Penguins and Senators combined for eight goals in the 20 minute span on what amounted to a total of 23 shots. You don't have to be a math whiz to conclude the teams combined for one goal on just about every three shots. Insane.
Unfortunately, the Pens weren't the ones to benefit from the craziness of this game. Although they did manage to score three in the second, Ottawa's five gave the Sens a slight edge heading into the final 20 minutes - a lead they padded just enough to walk away with the win.
It was really hard to gauge any sort of rhythm for this game. After all, after the first period this game was a scoreless tie. What happened to have this finish 6-4?
Power plays for one thing. Three of those eight goals were scored with one of the teams on the man advantage. Pittsburgh finished the night 2-for-4 on the PP, with separate goals coming from Matt Niskanen and Evgeni Malkin.
Unfortunately Brent Johnson's 8-1-1 record against Ottawa had to come to its untimely end after he not only allowed five goals on 19 shots, but also got the hook after the second period. Marc-Andre Fleury came on in his place, stopping four of five.
Perhaps more depressing in light of all these recent injuries to hit the Pens is that you can most likely add another to the top of the pile. Paul Martin, the latest casualty in the injury game, left the third period after an awkward hit with Ottawa's Chris Phillips.
To quote the great Vince Lombardi, "What the hell's going on out here?"