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i dont know it seems lately that the players have had some fire in their step. their problem seems to be backing off too early in the game
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I agree Ruutu would go all out, but I don't think he does that every game. I remember there were a lot of games, especially in the first half of the season, where I don't remember Ruutu doing much at all. I think the all the Pens lines have been flat this season but are starting to pick it up. I'm not too worried though because it's exactly the same as I remember them the first 20 games the last 2 seasons. I think when the line become a little more established, and the games become a little more important (ie. From Jan/Feb till the end of the season) we'll see more urgency out of all the players... at least I hope so
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I lost EVERYTHING that had to do with Ruutu after his performance vs the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup. It was beyond terrible.
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I think that Cooke plays all out til the last minute - he really sparked the Pens near the end of the Oilers game with some big hits and a fight. Stupid rookie picked a BAD time to fight.
Then they got the shorty. Grrrrrr.
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Jordin Tootoo, enough said.
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At this point last year, most people wanted Ruutu in the press box, and they were correct for the most part. At this point last year, the team had basically a month of putrid hockey left to play.
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