The Pens came out hard in the second with goals from Neal and TK tying up the game 2-2. This didn't last, as the Pens turned over pucks and didn't play well in the defense zone. It was breakaway after breakaway and the D didn't do well on cover Isles.
Flower was having a bad night. He took a puck to the mask and was tying to fix it and the refs payed no attention. A goal followed shortly after. After the fourth goal, he was mowed over by his own player Martin. The hit was hard and flung Flower's mask off. It was scary as he was down for a bit, but finished the period.
The Pens were down 5-2 after two periods. The came out tying to get the puck in the net. Nabokov had robbed them earlier and now Al Montoya was getting lucky. The Pens were having trouble getting the puck behind the Isles D and setting up puck zone time.
The Pens were called for penalties, but the same was not returned. Duper was tripped up on an open net chance (shown below). It was ridiculous.
The Pens are at the Isles tomorrow and they can bounce back. I look forward to it.
Here is the sports cover for the Pittsburgh Tribune. Showed the hit Flower received.
|Tribune cover / Pittsburgh Tribune Review