The last time Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy was in Pittsburgh, he stopped 22 shots and allowed one goal in a 4-1 victory over the Penguins in 2003. Ten years later, he again stymies the Pens with stellar goaltending.
The Penguins fired 34 shots at Jean-Sebastien Giguere but not a one went through as the Avs goalie registered his second shutout in three games and 38th of his career. The Colorado skaters blocked another 22 shots while only launching fourteen of their own. A Gabriel Landeskog wrister that went through Brooks Orpik's legs and pass Marc-Andre Fleury's glove was all Colorado needed to hand the Penguins their first home loss of the season.
It's not like the Pens didn't have chances. Colorado committed five penalties in the first period and seven overall that the Penguins couldn't capitalize on. If anyone told you the Pens would have 34 shots and seven powerplays, would you believe they'd lose? Let alone get shutout? Yeah, thought so.
So does head coach Dan Bylsma, "I think special teams were largely a big story of the night. Going 0-for-7 on the power play, we had plenty of opportunities there, had plenty of good looks. I think there were three or four the guys would like to have back."
Sidney Crosby confirms that, saying, "It's tough when they don't go in like that. But we still did a lot of good things, and we deserve better. That's how the game works sometimes. Sometimes, you deserve to win and tonight, we deserved better, but didn't get the result we wanted."
Cliche as it is, credit should be given when credit is due. J.S. Giguere was on point, flashing a quick glove and controlling rebounds. The Penguins had two decent breakaway chances (Geno in the third and Kunitz in the second), but had no answers for Professor Giguere's quiz. Every once in a while, a hot goalie with steal one. But that should not minimize how well Giguere played.
Crosby said of Giguere's performance, "He played really well. I still think we would have liked to find a way to get by him."
The Penguins next game is far, far away . . . well, Friday night against the New York Islanders. But three days in a long time for hockey fans. Especially after this loss (oh-for-seven on the powerplay, c'mon!).
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