Re: Cup Run goes thru Pittsburgh
posted at 3/17/2013 8:37 PM EDT
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
What I saw today was a Bruin team that controlled the play for most of the game and had several really close calls to tie it up - and they didn't go in, so Boston lost. Seguin on the wrap-around. Seguin at the back post on the pass from Marchand, long stretches of pressure and opportunity. They just didn't get the goal. Pitt had 8 shots in the final two periods. When the story was reversed on Tuesday, people were saying "you don't get very far taking 18 shots...". Boston only blocked another 9, so Pitt had 27 shot attempts (not counting missed nets) and Boston had 49. On the two goals the Bruins gave up, Lucic had the pass to Crosby on his stick and just couldn't control it/stop it, and Vitale made a heck of a shot to put the puck under the bar as he's falling. If that team didn't have Crosby, I don't think there's any way you say, based on today's game, that they're the team to beat. Someone go to a Pens board - I bet they're saying "boy they better find their offense because if they don't they'll be gone in the first round...".
As for Boston not having offense - again, team game. They're the 10th highest scoring team in goals/game, and they don't have a single blowout all year. They've scored 5 or more goals once this year, but they've scored fewer than 3 goals only six times all year. That means they get three or four goals in about 78% of their games. That's a remarkably consistent offense that will have you in every game.
But they do have Crosby, and a healthy Crosby at that. With a full line up going, this is a very good team........especially since they seem to be improving their defensive side of the game. And they are leading the league in Goals For so I don't see a problem on the offensive side of their game.
Don't get me wrong, the Bruins can compete with them on any given day. However, circling back to my original post, I do believe to get the Cup finals, they'll have to go thru Mr. Crosby & Co.