This is another one of those games, as fans, we really look forward to. A rematch with the team that the Pens have faced in the last two Stanley Cup Finals. One would think that the players would also get up for a game like this…..maybe, not so much.
I have just a couple of thoughts after watching tonights loss:
- Though, I thought Fleury made a bunch of really good saves, the wrist shot from 40 feet he let go by was a backbreaker.
- Watching the Pens get out-muscled by the likes of Johan Franzen and Tomas Holstrom all night was quite discouraging.
- I have questioned the Penguins strategy of having the defensemen back in and allowing opposing attackers to easily gain the blue line before, but I think it bears repeating. Would it kill them to challenge the other team at the blue line once in a while?
- Was Ponikarovsky wearing roller skates tonight? He seemed to have trouble staying on his feet this evening.
Hopefully the Pens can step it up Wednesday against the dreaded Capitals.