Stewie Griffin wrote:Now then, I’m going to do something I call the “compliment sandwich”, where I say something good, then talk about where you need improvement, and then end with something good.
Pens@Rangers, a 3-2 shootout loss
Something good: Darryl Sydor, playing in his second consecutive game, continued to shake the rust off, finished at +2 and banked in a goal of both Ranger defensemen. Good things happen when you shoot the puck.
Where they need improvement: Intensity and focus. Eaton let up on Naslund right as the puck came to him on his goal, and all 3 Penguin forwards seemed to fall asleep after missing the empty net and gave the Rangers a 3 on 2. Good players feast on that kind of time and space.
Something good: Marc Andre Fleury made 42 saves and was key to the one point the Pens did get out of this game.
Pens@Sharks, a 2-1 loss
Something good: Dany Sabourin picked up where he left off in Boston. He kept the Pens hanging around for as long as he could.
Where they need improvement: Pretty much everywhere. 11 shots in a game is unacceptable. They got only won 16 of 46 faceoffs. They continually allowed good chances on Sabourin and couldn't string passes together for anything. Very bad game all the way around.
Something good: The Pens went 6 for 6 on the Penalty Kill, though that's largely attributed to Sabourin again.
Pens@Coyotes, a 4-1 loss
Something good: Fleury kept them in the game for a while again, especially in the first period.
Where they need improvement: They have to start better. Coming off the Sharks loss where they only registered 11 shots, I expected more than 2 shots in the 1st period of this game. They also got out-chanced by a wide margin.
Something good: Malkin got the message and was launching bombs on Bryzgalov from everywhere.