The Pittsburgh Penguins got off to a fast start against the Anaheim Ducks last night, but were not able to sustain it. The Ducks were coming off a loss the night before and came into Pittsburgh late. But after the first 8 minutes of the first period, you would have thought that Pittsburgh was the team that came off of a late flight. The Ducks escape Pittsburgh with a 2-1 victory.
Jordan Staal scored early in the first period but there was no more scoring to happen till the 19 minutes mark of the second period. Corey Perry scored to tie the game. You could certainly feel the momentum shift long before that point. The Ducks were back checking like it was a playoff game. And for them, it probably was because of where they sit in the conference standings.
The Ducks were able to get another goal in the third period by none other than 40 year old Teemu Selanne. I still say he would look great in a Penguin Uniform. The Penguins turned the puck over too many times, and just generally played careless after the first 8 minutes. . The Ducks were able to put the clamps on the first 2 lines with all of the turnovers that were occurring. Because of that, the Penguins ended up playing in their own end more than they have recently been used too. The Penguins have a couple of days to figure things out before they take on a now more important weekend.
The Penguins will play another weekend back to back series starting with Jagr and the Flyers In Philadelphia on Saturday and then At Buffalo on Sunday. With every game that is played now, the pressure gets dialed up and losing a game against Anaheim, it makes playing the better teams in your own conference all the more important. The Pens were given a day off today, so no one was on the ice. They will be back at it tomorrow.