Well this one sucked so let's get to it.
The Bruins get on the board first with old friend Max Talbot scoring his first goal of the season on a nice shot, short-side, high on Jeff Zatkoff. Boston was sprung on a 2-on-1 due to a bad turnover in the neutral zone by Brian Dumoulin.
Max Talbot goal pic.twitter.com/ES9RRw7xLk— Stephanie (@myregularface) December 17, 2015
Boston would make it 2-0 after Ryan Spooner got by David Warsofsky and threw a puck on the net that looked like it went off Ian Cole and in. Pittsburgh would make a desperation challenge for goalie interference but Jimmy Hayes did nothing wrong and was well outside of the crease. Good goal, as it should have been and was eventually credited to Hayes.
it counts pic.twitter.com/uEYwpRGj1O— Stephanie (@myregularface) December 17, 2015
Empty netter for the final goal
- Phil Kessel hit the cross-bar in the first period on the power play following a nice give-and-go with Patric Hornqvist. Nice to see those two combine for a chance, but per usual, just no finish for this team this year.
- In his NHL debut, Conor Sheary showcased some really nice speed, as expected. We'll see how long he can stick around, but for now I'm left wanting to see more of him in the next few games.
- Coach must have felt the same on Sheary, he got moved up a line to the Malkin-Kessel group and Sergei Plotnikov got bumped down after a quick cameo in the Top 6 role. Plotnikov wasn't necessarily all that bad, but it's not like he necessarily was noticeably good either.
- Same can't be said for me with David Warsofsky, who got blown by while the Pens were on their second PP not once, but twice to give up two 2-on-1's against that luckily stayed out of the net. Not sure with some of the other option (Daley, Maatta, Dumoulin) why Warsofsky is still running with the #1 PP unit or how long that should continue. They're certainly not scoring much with him out there. He also looked lackadaisical on the Spooner goal, and allowed a pass to go right by him to spring another great scoring chance in the second.
- In the first 14 minutes of the game the Pens managed 3 shots on goal, 2 shots that Boston blocked, and 8 shots that missed the net. Need to adjust those sites.
- A Boston breakdown late in the second period gave Chris Kunitz a power play break. Ping. Hits post. Just the Pens luck right now. Shots were 18-4 in the second period, but goals were 0-1 B's. Sometimes it goes that way.
- Tough night for everyone. David Perron couldn't do much. Ditto Kunitz. Doesn't help Crosby with not much to work with. Pens still have some tinkering to do.
- Fairly quiet night for Trevor Daley in his Penguins debut. 18:40 played (well more ice-time already than any in December with Chicago), his only 2 shot attempts were both blocked and he was officially rung up for a giveaway. Can't tell too much about his game from this one night, but it's apparent he's better than Rob Scuderi in about any aspect on the ice.
- It will be interesting to see the shot charts in Darnay's recap tomorrow morning. The Pens had the quantity of shots, but it seemed like not too many shots that were on net were not all that challenging, either from areas on the ice or with the velocity on them. And yeah, Tuukka Rask is pretty good too. Frustrating shades of 2013 playoffs.
We'll see what kind of adjustments, if any, the Pens can make for next game in a rematch against these Bruins. Down Fleury and Letang and Dupuis, this team doesn't look like they have a lot of jump right now.