Sunday, April 15, 2012
Penguins on the verge of extinction
One more win for the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburg Penguins will begin their golfing season. There is no doubt that the Penguins have a difficult task that only three other teams have completed in NHL history; coming back from and 0-3 deficit. But if any team could possibly pull this off it would be the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Penguins were the clear favorites going into the playoffs, picked by 10 of the 16 NHL.com Writers, International Staff, and Analysts to win the cup. Obviously they, and a lot of other people, underestimated the physical play and offensive force of the Flyers. The Flyers have out socred the Penguins 20-12 in the three games so far so it's clear that Marc-Andre Fleury has not been at his best. The Flyers continue to pepper him with shots keeping that offensive pressure. Goaltending has been a bit of an issue in these first three games but a bigger issue for the Penguins is their discipline.
When your down in a series the last thing you should be doing is getting penalties. The Penguins have been trying to start fights and have been in the box because of it. They're down in the series! They should not be trying to start fights, they should be trying to score goals. There is no doubt they should be physical but the Penguins are being physically undisciplined. They should draw those easy penalties, get on the powerplay, and score goals. Simple as that. The only time they should be taking fights for the rest of this series is to protect such players as Crosby. Dan Bylsma, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach, will have to get that message through to his players. Be physical, be disciplines, and stay focused.
If the Penguins can't shot down the Flyers offensive force and spend this 4th and upcoming game trying to drop the gloves with every Flyer on the ice, then the Penguins will be putting away their sticks and pulling out the golf clubs early.
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