Not many goalies own Sidney Crosby, but Jaro Halak has some real estate in Crosby's head.
Games like this are a measuring stick, and the Pens didn't measure up. But that is also a bit misleading. The Pens had essentially three new faces in the lineup for this one (Neal, Bennett, D'Agostini), not to mention the absence of Martin and Scuderi, so maybe everyone was just a little off. But while the Pens were hardly run out of the building in this tight 2-1 battle, as you're reading this, the Pens' offense is still trying to enter the Blues' zone. Just suffocating defense. St. Louis shut down Sidney Crosby yet again.
The Pens also mustered only 20 shots on goal, which is the second-lowest total for a Bylsma-coached squad:
-April 25, 2013: 18 shots in a 3-2 loss in New Jersey
-April 2, 2013: 20 shots in a 4-1 home loss vs. Buffalo
-March 17, 2013: 18 shots in a 2-1 home win vs. Boston
This week has been a bit concerning. Against two heavyweights, the Pens' offense all but disappeared. The Flyers are coming to town on Wednesday, so who knows what that's gonna bring.