Playoff success is often determined by the play of the special teams. The Penguins penalty killing, which was a strength all year, did not do well against Ottawa. The Senators were able to convert on 31.8% of their chances. That is much higher than the 15.9% success rate of opponents over the course of the regular season. The reason that [...]
To win in the playoffs, all hands have to be on deck. With one series complete, the Pens have already used seven defensemen, 14 forwards, and one goalie. All 22 of these players had a role to play in the win over Ottawa. One player who does his job on a consistent basis, but is often overlooked, is Craig Adams. Adams is a Harvard grad an [...]
Many people, including myself, predicted that the Penguins would win this series in six games. So why should we be surprised when that is going to be the case? For some reason, the Penguins cannot find a way to finish things up at home. This is the third consecutive time that they have failed to do so. The previous two, they went to Phill [...]
Ruslan Fedetenko, a career playoff overachiever, was benched after Game One. It was the right move by Coach Bylsma. He had a sub-par season, the biggest minus on the team, and did not play with the edge necessary to make him an effective player. Rupp was in the wings and ready to take his spot in the lineup. Rupp has done his job and for [...]
I just finished watching the Boston-Buffalo game. Five series have two games completed and all five are 1-1. In two of the other three the visiting team has won the opener. This leaves Vancouver as the only team with a chance to open 2-0 at home. The lower seed should have an advantage now, as three of the next four games will be played i [...]
The Stanley Cup Playoffs 2010 are underway. Four games were played on Wednesday night. The only road team to lose, the Red Wings, was the one most likely to win. All four games were decided by one goal. Does this mean that San Jose, Detroit, New Jersey, and Pittsburgh are all going to lose in the first round? Probably not.
Our concern i [...]
The Mellon Arena/Civic Arena/Igloo has hosted its final regular season hockey game. The Penguin management did a tremendous job recognizing the many players, coaches, general managers, and other personnel that have meant so much to the team since it started to rent the building in 1967. I attended my first game on December 18, 1971. M [...]
I want to give the Capitals their due as they are a very good hockey team. They have so much talent all through their line-up. The only weakness that anyone might find is the goaltending, but Theodore has been playing well lately — maybe that problem is solved.
Are they really 17 points better than anyone else in the East? I decide [...]
If anyone believes that the Penguins were out-worked Wednesday night by the Lightining, think again. The Lightning did NOT have to work to win that game. They just had to show up. The next time that the Penguins decide ‘as a group’ to go through the motions for 6O minutes, I would prefer if one of them would call me so that I t [...]
In February of last year we had a very talented, under-achieving tenth place hockey team. A team that had been to the Stanley Cup Finals the previous season. An 18-3-4 finish to the regular season catapulted them to fourth in the East and gave them the confidence that they could beat any team in any fashion. Right now we have a hockey team [...]