The Penguins and Senator’s scored Eight Goals in the second period, but 5 of them were scored by the Sen’s and that was enough to send Johnson to the showers and the Pen’s to a loss.
Spezza scored 2 goals and had 2 assists for the number 1 star tonight, but he was not the only star for that Ottawa team. Alfredsson played a great game, along with Cowen. Colin Greening scored first for the Senator’s in a stretch where they collected a 3-1 lead. The Senator’s then took 3 penalties in a row, in which the penguins were able to nab 2 power play goals one by Niskanen then one by Malkin to tie things up. Immediately after the Malkin goal, the Sen’s to the lead again and never looked back.
Auld, the Senator’s goalie coming into tonight without a win this season, Tonight he was able to get the win and he played well in the process. He faced 35 shots, while Johnson and Fleury together only faced 25 shots and gave up 6 goals collectively.
The Penguin’s defense was repeatedly out of position all night. Johnson had a tough game, but it was not all his fault. The Senator’s had people untouched in front of him all night long. They were able to continually obstruct his view with little consequence most of the second period. That was the difference. This team lacks defensive continuity right now, they are out of position and not playing with passion right now. It’s as simple as that. The injuries are a problem, but lack of effort on the defensive side of the Puck in a Bylsma system should never happen.
Staal did not play tonight, though he was able to skate early and Michalek, whom was a game time decision also did not play. Paul Martin left early in the 3rd period with what they called a lower body injury, and did not return. more news on him later. This will need to be a quick turn around for this team because they have to play Buffalo at home tomorrow night with what one might call the Wilkes Barre Penguins.