TV doesnt show everyone all the time, so here are my 2 cents of good ole cash from the arena...
#1) Koltsov is the Pens best Penalty killer. When Koltsov was on the PK,there was not one great shoooting chance from the point.
As bad as the PK has been for almost all the season..why Koltsov hadnt been used much more on the PK is a mystery. His speed WITHOUT the puck is awesome. He can cover both points and pressure the puck faster than any other PEN. Coach;(Our PK sucks and Koltsov does not have the golden hands..but he can fly. No, I will continue with Recchi and Endo on the PK) Its decisions like these that make everyone question MT's ability.
Koltsov was much more active offensivley. He still cant hit the ocean shooting off the pier, but he is shooting and carrying the puck more. Did someone tell him he is allowed to do this, or did he just pick up a big bag of confidence? Either way it was nice to see someone other than Sidney start to back some defensive guys off.
Gonchar is at a point with the fans that he gets no slack. Most of it is not justified. Booing him every time he gets the puck or his name is announced on an assist just shows the fan ignorance. Especially of the game itself. He is playing better than most people think.
He isn't, and never will be that shut down defensman. His defensive play is below average. The negative aside, he still makes great plays with his hands and vision on the attack. Play that few others at the blue line in this league can make. He just gets exposed as we have nobody good to pair with him.
Crosby needs another gear. Meaning he needs a lower gear to use at times. Are the coaches afraid to talk to him? If they have told him, does he not listen? Crosby's line could get several scoring chances every period if he would do two things. Stop trying to split the D every other shift, and the other is SLOW DOWN. Crosby is so respected already by the opponent that they back off from him. They actually give him the Jagr red carpet yet he wants to run through them. Jagr could skate up ice as slow as he wants and nobody will challenge him in open ice. Crosby is getting the same treatment. It is there for the taking. Slow down, set it up, turn it on and go hard. He has no mix. It is balls out and skate through the "d" ..ALL THE TIME.
Fluery was not sharp last night. Madden after the game said you could have thrown a paper air plane past him in that game. Over stating just a tad.
He was bad in the shootout. Again! He has looked terrible in every shootout that he was in net. At this point, just put Caron in for the shootout. He is cold but that is ok. Atleast he wont be in a split at the first twitch of the puck.
The ironic thing is the shootout was the only thing T-Bo was good at it.