Re: Pens Glaring Deficiency
posted at 6/4/2013 9:00 AM EDT
Pretty hard to pick anything adequate out of the Pens game last night. It's a joke how much is penned about the Pens overall ineffectivness. A really big part of that is because of the Bruins disciplined, targeted, focused execution so far in the series. They're controlling the Pens so far. Another crazy example is goaltending. Many are blaming Pittsbugh's woes on goaltending. Playoff teams don't win much, when they only score 1 goal every 2 games. Especially, when their signature is offense.
Anyway, guess it's more fun being the hopeless underdog.
To me, the "deficiency" than can be exploited,(and must continue to be, or things can change to ugly in a heartbeat) is Pittsburgh's overall depth, and dependance on offense. I feel the Bruins can smother the Pens core. I don't think the Pens can reciprocate that feat, and even if they can.....what's left of the 2 teams, heavily favours Boston to win. I know Fleury's had a hi-lite moment or two, but I've never considered him to be much of a goalie. Way too inconsistent, so the B's have an advantage there too.
Perhaps the greatest Penguin deficiency right at this moment is "confidence". It's impossible to over-emphasize confidence in pro sport. Without it, guys can't even tie their skates right. Their balance is off, their timing is off, and their mind works differently(worse).
The Bruins haven't "lucked into" 2 wins,(a la Canucks 2011) they've laid down two spankin's. Crosby and Co know that, and because they're not used to this situation....they're undoubtedly quite rattled. They'll certainly try harder, but that can make things worse, when you try and force the game. Pittsburgh needs a little mo-jo, and the B's, have to smell blood. They have to be more determined now...than they were in game 1.
The Pens are without question elite. They can turn this thing around in a second. Part of what's working for the B's now...won't continue to work if the Pens get something to feel good about.
Game 3, is a must win for the Bruins. They have to be relentless...they have to smother the Penguin big guns. If they keep winning the battles, the goals will come.
This one brings back good memories of that semifinal against the powerfull Black Hawks in 70. Everyone predicted a hard fought, tooth and nail series, that could go either way. The Hawks won the East, and boasted incredible team defense. I wagered some of my most prized "crockies" on that one.
The Bruins went into Chicago...stunned everyone by winning both games, and never let off the gas. Although it's only speculation on my part...I'll always believe things would have played out much differently, had Chicago won game 2 or 3. It may or may not have changed the eventual winner, but it most definately would have changed the overall package. I believe it would have resulted in that,.. as advertised,... nail biter. As it played out....the hockey world was shocked how easily the Hawks were trampled.