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The Penguins Have Broken Another Goalie

It appears that the Penguins have broken another goalie.  First Varlamov.  It took a few games.  And now Ward.  It took one game.  I don’t include Biron because he was already broken.  It has been more than just breaking a goalie for the Penguins.  The goaltender has no control over how many or what types of shots he faces.  He just has to try to stop as many as he can.   I’m not really a stats fanatic, but the numbers involved with the goaltenders to date continue to tell a story about how well the Penguins are playing.                              

                               Biron      Varlamov      Ward     Osgood-Is he next?

                                     Biron              Varlamov           Ward           Osgood    

A quick look back at the Capitals.  The Ranger averaged 24 shots on goal against them and Varlamov stopped 95% while allowing 1.17 goals per game.  The Penguins averaged 37 shots a game against the Caps and after scoring eight goals on the first 115 shots in the first three games, they scored 19 goals on 142 shots in the last four games and won three of those.  

The Hurricanes gave up an average of 31 shots a game in the first two rounds.  Ward stopped 93% of those, allowing 2.21 goals per game.  It has been a different story against the Penguins.  Again they are averaging 37 shots a game against Carolina.  After stopping 28 of 31 in Game 1, a little better than 90%, Ward has only stopped 69 of 80 in the last two games, about 85%.

So what does it all mean?  The Penguins have completely bought into the Bylsma mantra – Get pucks and bodies to the net.  Once it started to work, it became easier for the Penguins to continue on that aggressive path.  So — GOALIES BEWARE!!!  THE BOYS ARE COMING AFTER YOU!!!  Osgood is next.  That’s the view from E-11. 

Note:   Thanks to Versus color analyst, Daryl ‘Razor’ Reaugh, I learned a couple of things.  Malkin is lubricious and the only thing impossible is dribbling a football.  The only thing.

Note:   Pens’ fans continue to travel well.  The ‘Cam Ward’ and ‘Let’s Go Pens!’ chants at the end of Game 3 in Raleigh were very impressive.

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  1. PENZRGR8's Gravatar PENZRGR8
    May 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    And remember..The Detroit Goalie is not Osgood as Fleury.

    GO PENS!

    May 26, 2009 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    It’s just not breaking the goalies – Philadelphia and Washington have a boat-load of hospital patients Richards, Briere, Jones, Green, Clark, Ovechkin, Johnson, and Fedorov may be skipping out of the NHL all together. Osgood may be out but could get up to 2-weeks to recover! Detroit says he was dehydrated. LOL. That could mean he has a broken leg!
    The Pens ‘lack of injurys’ are very similar to what Tampa Bay experienced when they won the Cup. There’s not very many.


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