|Johansen scored a nice consolation shorty|
The CBJ started the third period by yielding a soft goal to make it 5-1, and the bleeding stopped there. The penalties continued, and with Jack Johnson off on a cross checking penalty, Ryan Johansen stole the puck at the top of the defensive zone while on the penalty kill, blew by both defenders on a break away, and neatly scored on Fleury. Later, Corey Tropp took a boarding major against Simon Despres, and got tossed from the game, and may well have a chat with the folks from player safety next week. The CBJ managed to kill the major, but it took most of the starch out of their game.
With less than a minute remaining in the game, Nick Foligno reminded Fleury that he will continue to score on him with routine shots, by putting one past a defenseman and into the net. While not affecting the result of the game, it was a good reminder to the Pens that they trail the season series 2-1.
Tuesday's game will be 7 games in 11 days for the CBJ. They are starting to run on fumes, and with no momentum to help them with this stretch, they are having a hard time putting together complete games, and their breakdowns are costing them. Arizona flushed their roster today, Edmonton is still a joke, and Buffalo is uncatchable. Toronto, Carolina, and the CBJ are jockeying for draft position after that. We'll see how that all turns out.
It was a tough night for the good guys. The trade deadline is at 3 pm tomorrow. I won't be sorry if the CBJ don't make any moves. I think this team can win as constituted. It just isn't going to happen this year. But we will know tomorrow how it all turns out.