The Pittsburgh Penguins took a bite out of the Panthers tonight and was able break the skid, and collect a 4-1 victory in Florida. After a scoreless first period, it would have been easy to say that this was going to be a replay of the Washington game where the Pens rang pucks off the pipes all night long but could not get a puck past the goalie. That is exactly what you saw in this first period. The Pens hit the posts and crossbar at least 4 or 5 times during the first period alone hammering out 18 shots. Yet, no scoring occurred. The scoring was kicked off early in the second period with a slap shot from Steve Sullivan. Malkin then followed that up at the end of the 2nd period with a slap shot then he got his own rebound and and followed that with a backhanded puck in the net from behind the cage. Very Mario-ESK!
The Pens continued the scoring with a Tyler Kennedy goal at the beginning of the 3rd period again to make it 3-0. The Florida Panthers were able to finally break through against Fleury with a Michal Repik tip-in at the 7 minute mark of the 3rd period. Later in the 3rd period, James Neal salted this one away with a goal, to complete this great game by the Pens. That was Neal’s 22nd goal, but first goal in his last 5 games.
Clemmenson was in the Net for the Panthers tonight, where he was 5-1 and 3 going into the game. Although he gave up 4 goals, Clemmenson faced 41 total shots on goal not to mention all the shots that hit the posts and crossbar. Defensively the Panthers gave up way to many opportunities, and by rights, the Pens probably should have scored another 5 goals tonight. I am sure though, as bad as the Pens had been struggling scoring, they will take this one for sure as they get ready to take on Tampa on the last leg of this Florida road trip.