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Stewie Griffin Postgame - Oilers at Pens

Postby netwolf on Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:27 pm

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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.


Oilers@Pens, a 5-4 win

Something good: Faceoff Excellence. As a team, the Pens won 65% of the draws. Sidney Crosby was the "worst" Penguin percentage wise, at 60%. When your bottom performer is doing that well, you know your team is having a great night in the circle.

Where they need improvement: Focus. While this was not a lapse anywhere near as bad as the Washington debacle earlier in the year, the team took their foot off the gas again. To be far a great deal of Edmonton's comeback was attributable to either them making good plays (Ales Hemsky's goal was sick) or bad luck (2 posts on the 5 on 3), they did let up a bit as well. Sooner or later, they need to learn to play until the final horn. I believe they will. Hopefully it happens sooner than later.

Something good: Goal scorers scoring goals. A pair of goals out of Petr Sykora and Miro Satan, who are are the team for that exact purpose. Nice to see a both former Oilers come back to haunt their old team a bit.
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Re: Stewie Griffin Postgame - Oilers at Pens

Postby Eismann on Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:40 pm

Good: The Rush. Puck support starting in the d end; center or other forward closing in for the quick pass; use of the middle of the ice, skating to open space, all going forward. Yes, EDM played the night before and had noticeable coordination issues for most of the first 2 periods, but the Pens had very strong attack all night.

Bad: Another 5-on-3 down the crapper. A goal there surely would have stemmed the EDM tide. Deslauriers looked like Cup-winning Cam Ward, indeed, but ya gotta bury the biscuit.

Good: The Sign. By all rights, EDM should have won that game. Everything, especially their play, had them scoring about 8 goals in the 3rd. That the Pens didn't complete the collapse is a sign that such epic fails are not (hopefully) going to be "their thing."
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Re: Stewie Griffin Postgame - Oilers at Pens

Postby DelPen on Sat Nov 08, 2008 9:53 am

Eismann wrote:Good: The Rush. Puck support starting in the d end; center or other forward closing in for the quick pass; use of the middle of the ice, skating to open space, all going forward. Yes, EDM played the night before and had noticeable coordination issues for most of the first 2 periods, but the Pens had very strong attack all night.

Bad: Another 5-on-3 down the crapper. A goal there surely would have stemmed the EDM tide. Deslauriers looked like Cup-winning Cam Ward, indeed, but ya gotta bury the biscuit.

Good: The Sign. By all rights, EDM should have won that game. Everything, especially their play, had them scoring about 8 goals in the 3rd. That the Pens didn't complete the collapse is a sign that such epic fails are not (hopefully) going to be "their thing."


Didn't we hit two posts in that 5-on-3? Edmonton had no business being in that game, they got thoroughly outplayed and we got lazy in the 3rd.
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Re: Stewie Griffin Postgame - Oilers at Pens

Postby Eismann on Sat Nov 08, 2008 10:53 am

DelPen wrote:
Eismann wrote:Good: The Rush. Puck support starting in the d end; center or other forward closing in for the quick pass; use of the middle of the ice, skating to open space, all going forward. Yes, EDM played the night before and had noticeable coordination issues for most of the first 2 periods, but the Pens had very strong attack all night.

Bad: Another 5-on-3 down the crapper. A goal there surely would have stemmed the EDM tide. Deslauriers looked like Cup-winning Cam Ward, indeed, but ya gotta bury the biscuit.

Good: The Sign. By all rights, EDM should have won that game. Everything, especially their play, had them scoring about 8 goals in the 3rd. That the Pens didn't complete the collapse is a sign that such epic fails are not (hopefully) going to be "their thing."


Didn't we hit two posts in that 5-on-3? Edmonton had no business being in that game, they got thoroughly outplayed and we got lazy in the 3rd.


2 posts = 0 goals = fail again on 5-on-3.

EDM was in that game, had every ounce of momentum throughout the entire 3rd, excpect for the 5-on-3, was bringing heat constantly and came within millimeters of tying it up.

They should have had no business being it that game, but they were and Pens were lucky there wasn't more time.
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Re: Stewie Griffin Postgame - Oilers at Pens

Postby Samsdog on Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:27 am

Good: A very good game in a quiet way by Cookie Monster. Guy draws a five minute major just doing what he as brought here to do; finished his checks, played a good blue-collar game.

Bad: YOU HAVE TO SCORE ON FIVE MINUTE MAJORS AND 2 MINUTE 5-ON-3'S. Other than that, four unanswered goals? I know Edmonton surged and their was an element of just plain getting beaten that wasn't there against Was, but they still weren't completely on their games. Can't happen, you'd have thought they'd learn.

Good: Anyone else notice Therrien had Sykora on the ice when Edmonton's net was empty? He's not the type of guy you want on in a defensive situation; they are really trying to get him that hat trick. It's about time he got that monkey off his back.
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