Re: Not Impressed
posted at 3/13/2013 6:29 PM EDT
In response to JWensink's comment:
Before the game in an interview Kunitz was describing how the B's move the puck out of the zone. D to D behind the net and up the boards. It was obvious that the Pens decided the way to beat this team was to attack 5 on 5. It was a full blown assault like Ive never seen before. The Pens were going to the spots they knew the puck was going to be, and they were all in with everybody. It was as if the B's were killing a PP all night. They were outplayed and out competed and outcoached. Now, nobody hates that team more than me- but they get all the credit. No excuses. They kicked azz all night. It was the most aggressive attack I can remember, it was actually incredibly impressive.The B's need to figure out how to make this ballz out forecheck pay the price for going all out in deep. Adjustments will have to be made.
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For the first 53:42 minutes of Tuesday’s game against Boston at CONSOL Energy Center, it seemed like the Bruins would leave Pittsburgh with a 2-0 shutout victory. The pucks just didn’t seem to be bouncing Pittsburgh’s way no matter how much they buzzed the net.
"We did a great job of coming back,” Kunitz said. “We knew it would take a bunch of shots to get past these guys and wear their team down. It took 55 minutes to get that first one. ... I think it's a great learning tool for us to be able to play 55 minutes without getting a goal and then just keep coming and be able to get three quick ones and turn the tide in the game.”
Producing a rally like this is impressive in itself; to do it against a team like Boston is nothing short of miraculous. The Bruins are a structurally sound team that’s completely committed to their system. Throughout the game they had perfect positioning, made perfect passes and supported each other all 200 feet of the ice.
The Penguins held Boston to just 16 total shots through 60 minutes and one measly shot for the majority of the third period. But despite their miniscule shot total, the Bruins did control a lot of the game – especially early.
They scored a power-play goal within the opening five minutes when Zdeno Chara’s slapshot from the point eluded a screened Marc-Andre Fleury. Tyler Seguin scored less than 10 minutes later to make it 2-0 and from there on, the Bruins clogged the neutral zone with four players and did a solid job of keeping possession despite not getting many pucks to the net.
"They give you the shots from the outside," Kunitz said. "We were looking for passes off the pads, try to get stuff from the slot. They did a great job of clearing. We knew we needed to put a lot of pucks toward them. I think they're a team that might get outshot lots of games, but they have a great structure and it took us a while to break it."
“It seemed like every time we had a good opportunity they were up to the task even though we were pushing and pushing,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. “It felt like we were playing for the first goal. We broke through that with enough time to keep pushing. We got that great goal from Kunitz and our team felt like, at that point, we were going to get another goal.”