Our lack of offense can be traced to our lack of breakout and lack of play in the neutral zone.
I just rewatched the game, and it's amazing how fast Toronto can move the puck up ice, tape to tape. Whereas the Pens, chip it, flip it, or give it away.
Joe "Ice the Puck" Melichar can't make a breakout pass to save his life. How many times did he just straight up ice the puck last night on breakout passes? This can also be attributed to the fact that our wingers were up high all night, even the announcers were talking about how at one point Scuderi was waiting behind the net for his teammates to come back, but nobody would!
Also, our play on the boards STUNK last night. Our d ring the puck around the boards and our wingers cannot trap it, pass it, or chip it out. It's terrible to watch.
Another thing!! Ok, so our PK has been decent lately, but still not decent enough to get us out of 30th in the league. Here's another reason why; when we gain possesion of the puck, we turn, look, think, then end up not getting it out because we wasted too much time. When your PK is last in the league, you should not be looking for offensive options when you gain the puck in your end, it should be on your stick and FIRED down the ice immediately. Malone was killing me last night with that. He'd get the puck, turn, hardly skate, look around, and then boom, the puck is stolen again, or he can't clear it out hard enough. If our PK was middle of the pack, then I'd say fine, take a chance once in a while, look for a shorthanded chance, take a chance, but when you're 30th in the league, if you get the puck, you get it out as fast as you can. Why on earth when we get the puck in our end on the PK, and we're facing our end, do we take the time to turn around and look? Just get the puck and WHIP it around HARD and HIGH down the ice. It works! Really it does!