Early in the game they had two golden chances to score in was for all intents and purposes, empty nets and the missed on each. If they put in one of those, it could have been a different result. They didn't and the game went down hill from there. Early on, Boston was buzzing, but not able to score. If the Pens could have got up 1-0 after that, Boston would have been defalted and the Pens would have gained some much needed confidence.
Penalty killing also did them in again. I don't have numbers to back this up, bu I think if they cleared the puck every time they had an oppotunity to do so, the PK would improve by at least 10%. Tonight, Recchi had an opportunity to clear the puck on the puck and failed to do so. I imeediately commented "Watch, that's gonne come back to bite them in the butt." Just as I finished the sentence, the Bruins scored. That's a basic play and even average teams make it routinely.
I did not see a lot of team play from the Pens tonight either. Every time a Penguin had the puck on his stick, the rest of the team was not doing a good job of making themselves availble for passes. On the rare occaisions they did, the puck carrier was being pressured and had no time to find anyone.
I do not have any expectations of them for the rest of this year, but games like this concern me. I am sure there are guys in that room that care, but it's hard to see that in games like this. Losing breeds losing and games like this almost make it look like the team is resigned to their fate from the moment one thing goes aginst them. That is not good and is a little surprising, given the number of young guys on the team.
A couple of good things (not mentioneing Fleury, with the way the team played in front of him, he did what he could):
Eric Boguniecki deserves kudos for his assist. Even though that goal was meaningless, he made a really nice play to spin of the check wit hit Sorovy coming down the slot. I heard many getting on him for not shooting, but that was a great play by him. Given that Surovy (tonight's goal excluded) and Armstrong have cooled a little, I would like to see Boguniecki get rewarded with a spot on the top line next game.
Andre Roy also had a monster shift in the third. I think he nailed 2 or 3 Bruins in the offensive zone on the forecheck and almost got another in the defensive zone. If they can get him the ice time to go out and do more of that, he can still be an asset to this team evenif his pricetag is a little high. On night where they go 7 D, I like the idea of Crosby double shifting a little with Roy riding shotgun. You could tell he isn't used to playing with skill guys though...