Thursday, March 02, 2006

Senators 4 - Penguins 3: Comeback denied!

I turned on the tube yesterday and it was 4-0 Senators early in the third. I felt like turning the channel, knowning the game was already probably in the books.

Still, I kept the TV tuned to the game and witnessed the Penguins almost come back to tie the Sens, who looked pretty bad holding their lead.

Andre Roy

Jani Rita scored his first goal as a Penguin and Andre Roy (pictured)scored his first goal in about 2 years, but it wasn't quite enough.

The Pittsburgh Penguins rallied for three goals in the third period Wednesday night at Mellon Arena, but fell short as the Ottawa Senators posted a 4-3 win.

The Senators grabbed a 1-0 lead through the first and built it to 4-0 heading into the third period.

“You can’t give up. We didn’t give up,” Penguins rookie Sidney Crosby said. “You just have to go out there and try to keep coming. We made it close, but in the end we didn’t get two points we wanted.”

John LeClair scored a power-play goal 6:18 into the third period to break the shutout. Ryan Malone and Ryan Whitney had the assists.

Andre Roy and Jani Rita tallied goals 1:33 apart late in the period to slice the Penguins’ deficit to 4-3.

Roy scored his first goal in a Penguin uniform when Rita’s pass trickled in front of the goal and he slammed it past Ray Emery with 6:14 to play. Colby Armstrong assisted on the goal as well.

Likewise, Rita notched his first goal with the Pens when he flipped in LeClair’s pass to make it a 4-3 with 5:41 on the clock. Armstrong added another assist on the play.
Sir Sidney didn't really have a big part in the comeback and he was nullified by the Sens defense all night long. Sidney did finish EVEN, but had only 2 shots for in 22:25 of ice time. He also went 6 for 22 in faceoffs.

I was also impressed with Sergei Gonchar. Where was this kind of effort earlier in the season? Gonchar had 5 shots on goal and was an offensive factor all night long. I hope Gonchar can continue to play this way for the rest of the season, hopefully helping Crosby put up some numbers.

Full game recap here.

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