The Penguins needed Gorges and Gill in the penalty box at the same time, a fresh sheet of ice, and a 5 on 4 man advantage to score a goal against Halak. Fortunately it was all that they needed to win their fourth straight playoff game in Canada and take a 2-1 series lead over the Canadiens.
Montreal played their best hockey of the series i [...]
Five home games into the 2010 playoffs and the Pens are 2-3 against inferior opponents. Hopefully this is a trend that will not continue. It took three wins in Ottawa to advance to the 2nd round. In order to advance to the conference finals, the Pens will now have to continue their excellent road play. In order to keep the series rom going th [...]
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 [...]