Hats Go Flying in Pittsburgh Even Without a Hat-Trick
The Pittsburgh Penguins have finally come back home to Mellon Arena for a nice long home stand. The only worrying news however was that they had to start their home stint against the East leading Boston Bruins.
The Bruins have been struggling as of late, and the Pens are one of the hottest teams in the league.
The game could not have started off any better with Bill Guerin putting one in from the top of the slot only :50 seconds into the first period. The good feelings would be short lived though as Boston evened the score up merely :16 seconds later off a redirect.
This was not a great sign considering that the Penguins had backup goaltender Garon in the game giving Marc-Andres Fleury a much needed rest. It was his first shot he has seen in 18 games, and for goaltenders giving up the first shot you see can really kill the mental strength.
The Penguins kept battling though but found themselves trailing after two periods.
Which for me is alright because the Pens seem to falter when leading after two periods, so trailing is their best it seems as of now.
The Penguins came out flying in the third period and Chris Kunitz tallied his second goal which looked to deflect off his stick from a Sergei Gonchar wrist shot from the point.
Eighteen seconds later Bill Guerin chipped the puck up to Kunitz who took off on a break-away and slipped it through the five-hole of Tim Thomas.
HAT TRICK!! The hats came raining down onto the ice for what seemed to be the second career hat-trick for Chris Kunitz.
However, the stat would be short lived and after the game it was determined that Sergei Gonchar's shot from the point was re-directed off a Boston defensemen and past goaltender Thomas.
NO HAT TRICK!! So Chris Kunitz was left with only two goals and one assist in the game, and fans were left hatless as well.
The lead was short lived and Boston's Michael Ryder scored a power play goal to notch the game up at four a piece.
Half way through the third though the Penguins would take the lead and not look back with a great goal by Petr Sykora from Jordan Staal.
Leading 5-4 Staal picked the puck up with an empty net in front of him crossed the center line and hit the empty net to get his 19th goal of the season, and the Pens another win.
The Penguins are currently sitting alone in the number five spot in the East, and are only one game out from being tied in the fourth spot with the Flyers.
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