What ensued was 60 minutes of torture.
The Leafs, with their parade route already planned, have been the surprise team of the early part of the season.
However, we're like 4 games in.
Pretty nice pace to start things off.
However, about five minutes in, Colton Orr decides to step in front of the net. A shot from the point deflects off him and by Fleury.
Pens go on the Powerplay a few minutes later. Malkin takes a slapper. Deflection. Kunitz. Goal.
Pens score on the PP. Holy balls.
With a couple minutes left, Pens use some nice forechecking and create a turnover right on the doorstep, which Max Talbot pokes home past Jonas Gustavsson.
Of course no lead is safe with the Pens and, a couple minutes into the 2nd, Clark McArthur takes a cross-ice pass on the PP and finds the open net behind Flower.
Couple minutes later, Pens crap their pants again as Francois Beauchemin slaps one by Fleury off a faceoff win by Toronto.
At this point, you're starting to think... maybe the CEC wasn't a good idea.
Then, the highlight of the night comes for the Pens as Deryk Engelland decides to scrap with Colton Orr, one of the biggest heavyweights in the game.
Orr gets the upper hand in the fight. But then Engelland does this:
I was at a local watering hole watching the game and as soon as he hit him the entire place goes...
They kept doing it on every replay too. Great stuff.
Then Clark McArthur scored again off a great feed from behind the net. Unreal
Pens miss some point blank chances.
Malkin, of course, misses a penalty shot.
I love Geno. He's a great player. But the dude sucks at Penalty Shots. Has no confidence in that situation for some reason.
Right before the end of the period. Sid.
He takes a great pass from Goligoski to the front of the net. Goes backhand right by Gus.
Gustavsson stands tall.
What we learned:
Fleury is 0-3 and took some more Osgood-esque angles on some shots.
Pens are 0-3 at home.
Don't worry... too much.