With a chance to take a stranglehold in this series and 20 minutes to play in Game 4, the Penguins lost their way. A stat that is often looked at in the NHL is the team’s record when leading or trailing after the second period. Trailing after two, the Canadiens were 4-29 this season and 0-2 during the playoffs. Leading after two periods, the Penguins were 28-5 this year and 3-0 this post-season. (Another reason to be upset by the loss of this game.) It is highly unlikely that this will happen again. I know the only stat that matters is the series is now tied at two. The fact of the matter is, the Penguins, except for a few short lapses, have totally outplayed the Canadiens. After being outshot in Game One (a game the Pens also really dominated) and over the seven period span from period 2 in Game 2 until that fateful third period in Game 4, the Penguins had outshot the Canadiens 81-33. (In fact the second period totals for those games was 42-9.)
In my last post, I wrote about the positive nature of Coach Bylsma and his ability to keep his players focused and in a solid frame of mind. I would like to ask all PenguinPoop blog readers to be Dan Bylsma for a minute — Make a positive statement to the players in the comment section as to why they will win Game 5 and go on to win the series. Click on the Comment Section and post your quote. Let’s help push the Pens toward victory! That’s the view from E-11.
Note — The behavior of the Canadien fans is deplorable. The way that they react every time a Canadien takes a dive by begging the refs for calls is not the way that the self-proclaimed ‘most knowledgeable fans in the game’ should behave. Their booing of Crosby is CLASSLESS.
Note — Star players win big games. The Penguin stars will shine in Game 5.