Pens Come Up Short in Toronto

Last week, I thought the Pittsburgh Penguins picked up a good point in an OT loss to San Jose. Wednesday in Toronto the exact opposite occurred, with the Pens losing a much-needed point in a dreadful 3-2 OTL to the Leafs. Despite badly outplaying Toronto for 2 ½ periods, holding the Leafs to just 10 shots after the second, the Pens could only get two shots past James Reimer and allowed a sloppy early goal in the extra frame.

This was a game Pittsburgh needed to win..badly. The Pens have a brutal weekend coming up, with games at red-hot New Jersey Friday and at division-leading Boston Saturday. The story of the game – once again – was the team’s inability to score. Pittsburgh got nothing from its top two lines and went 0-3 on the power play.

New arrival Matt Niskanen provided almost all of the offense, scoring in the first and setting up Chris Conner’s second-period goal. But despite his offensive heroics, it was Niskanen’s inability to cover Mikhail Grabovski in front of the net in OT that ultimately cost Pittsburgh the game.

Since beating Los Angeles on home ice Feb. 10, the Pens are 2-4-3. That’s certainly not a great record, but let’s try to be positive – they’ve earned at least 1 point in 5 of their last 9 games. Things could be worse.