Pens Vs Bruins Grades
Even Strength Offense: A
Wow! For 54 minutes, it looked for all the world like they were going to be shut out. And they end up with an A. Amazing how 6 minutes can change your outlook. The first period was awful. The Pens didn’t look like they were even trying to score. They picked up their play in the second and started to get a forecheck going. They continued in the third, and perhaps it wore the Bruins down. But they still couldn’t get anything past Khudobin until the dam finally broke. Kunitz slapped one past him on a nice setup from Letang. Then some good work by the second line plus Sutter tied it moments later. Finally, Sutter stole a pass and beat the stunned Russian rookie for the winner. Talk about a blitzkrieg! Their hard work the final tow periods finally paid off.
Even Strength Defense: A
They really limited the Bruins’ chances, though in all fairness, it didn’t appear as though Boston was really trying to score after they went up 2-0. Everything was pretty much one and done. But Letang left the front of the net and Kennedy (there’s that name again) failed to cover his guy in front, allowing Seguin to snap it home.
Power Play: F
They had a chance to get back in the game with over a minute of 5-on-3 and managed only one shot on goal. I figured that was the end right there.
Penalty Kill: F
Shockingly, another power play goal against. This time, they had effectively killed most of the penalty off. But all it took was them giving Chara one open slapshot and Orpik allowing a guy to screen Fleury for the PK woes to continue. Oh, and Tanner Glass being on the ice.
it was a rocking chair kind of night for Fleury. The Bruins had very few good chances, but two of them ended up in the net. He looked the wrong way around the screen on the first goal, but had little chance on the second. And he did make a couple good saves late, too.
The first period was a horrendous display of hockey by the Pens. They appeared totally disinterested. They put the crowd to sleep with their lazy play. They woke up in the second and played the rest of the game at a higher level. They eventually wore the Bruins down and got the amazing three late goals to win it. There were few of the center ice turnovers that they are famous for (perhaps because Geno was out of the lineup?). They stayed so patient that I thought they wouldn’t score on Khudobin, but they sure broke him in a hurry.
And now, the rest of the story…
No points, but his hard work in the final two periods set the tone.
James Neal: C
He appeared frustrated most of the night as the Bruins blocked six of his shot attempts.
Brooks Orpik: F
He was on for another power play goal against.
Brandon Sutter: A
Mr. Clutch once again. Two laser beam wristers for the tie and the win.
The Fourth Line: F
I simply cannot stand watching these guys. The three of them bring absolutely nothing to this team. My idea: Shero should claim the next three defensive type forwards that appear on the waiver wire and dump these guys one at a time, Glass first, then Vitale, then Adams. No wonder they tried to bring Kosto through waivers last week.
Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand. Just because. Oh, and let’s throw Clod Julien in there just for his constant constipated look behind the bench.
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A guide to the game grades can be found here.