I’m not sure what to make of all these come-from-behind wins for the Penguins.
Obviously, it’s a great sign that they are capable of coming through in any situation. However, there comes a point where falling behind early and rallying back on a regular basis won’t work or simply will exhaust the team.
And then they let go of a late lead to boot. As Donatelli put it after the game, “I like our resiliency, but I’d like to finish that out in regulation. We can’t let them score like that. It was just too easy.”
And the start?
“We just didn’t come out ready to play.”
Providence took the lead early on a bad line change by WBS and looked like it might stroll away with the game in the second period after doubling that advantage. But, the Penguins’ revamped defensive corps showed off its offensive capabilities thanks to a nice drive to the net by Kevin Czuczman and a couple of bullet slap shots by Jarred Tinordi and Andrey Pedan (his goal was later correctly given to Thomas Di Pauli) that got the team to OT.
The focus will be on Haggerty’s goal in the extra session — and no doubt what he is doing is impressive — but give credit to Czuczman and J.S. Dea for seeing a quick opening off the faceoff and putting Haggerty right on the doorstep to win it.
And Czuczman’s goal was long overdue; he’s been one of the team’s best puck movers. I think the next Penguin due for a goal is Garrett Wilson. Zane McIntyre completely robbed him of one.
The Phantoms were thumped by Hershey — I did not see that one coming. And Charlotte fell to the Crunch, so overall about as good a night as you can ask for if you’re the Penguins.
Meanwhile, out West, Tucson has points in 10 straight.
Casey DeSmith is back in net Sunday for the Penguins, who are off to Chocolatetown to face the Bears.