So what happened?
I'm a few days late with this (Happy New Year!), so I'll keep it brief.
The game, to me, turned on a bad sequence late in the first period. Aaron Asham was pretty clearly (and thoroughly) driven into the boards behind the net. A clear hit from behind. There should have been a call for boarding. Unfortunately, the Clueless Zebras didn't see fit to make the call. Asham immediately goes and commits a high-sticking penalty, which *is* called. Then while complaining to the refs about the inconsistency, he is rung up for another two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.
To me, the refs totally blew the situation. That's not to say that Asham shouldn't have been more in control, because he certainly should have been, but it was a sequence that made the refs look bad in what they called and didn't call.
Having said that, the Pens simply couldn't beat Brodeur. That was the simplest way to describe what happened. They had lo...