Saturday, April 12, 2008

A win is a win is a win

Barry Melrose likes to say a series doesn't really begin until the home team loses a game....But what happens if the home team holds serve 6 times and it goes to a game 7, the series hasn't begun?
Regardless the Pens did what it took to hold their home ice and skate away with a 2 games to none advantage.
  • The Penguins picked Ottawa apart early, but give those bastards credit; they kept fighting back and tied the score at 3-3.
  • 54 shots on goal is a new playoff record for the Penguins.
  • Sidney Crosby had 4 assists and didn't even make one of the 3 stars of the game....That speaks to how awesome other players played. Like Petr Sykora and Ryan Malone.
  • This is the first time in months that Marc-Andre Fleury allowed multiple even strength goals.
  • Last spring Evgeni Malkin had 0 goals and 4 assists in the 5 game series against Ottawa. This year he has a lot more in the tank; as not only his 1 goal and 5 assists (in 2 games) would indicate but the way he's galloping around the ice and making opponents look silly. Who's the best Russian player in the NHL? Ask again in a few weeks and you might have a different answer than the obvious regular season MVP choice....

Our favorite moment though, had to be Bryan Murray's notable post-game quote. After the first game he made a comment to the tune of it didn't feel like a 4-0 game and he liked the intensity and energy his team brought to the table. Tonight he said: "I think our guys had a lot of character, played hard and battled from a 3-0 deficit. I have to believe they will play well at home."

We think you would have to believe this if, you know, you fired the head coach and took all the responsibility on yourself. At this point Murray knows the Pens are going to wipe the floor with his team, no matter how much "character" they have or how hard they play. It's all about saving face for this point for Cryin Bryan. Of course he has to believe, else he's likely out of a job....And it couldn't happen to a nicer guy ;)

2 down, 14 to go.......


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1) Have never been a Murray fan. From the lisp to his swarmy manner during the games. It also doens't hurt that he's been coaching for 58 years without a Cup
2) Of course the sens are going to play well at home, but is their best enough? Probably not enough to win the series. Perhaps enough to extend it to a 5th game.