Easton wrote:I have to say - I love it. Curse me if you want to, but I'm loving these high scoring games.
As long as we stay on the right side of the score.
Alright...why then do the Pens lack that killer instinct?
Mongoose87 wrote:We had more hits than the Flyers. It's not a killer instinct.
netwolf wrote:Teams take time to gel. Satan, Fedotenko, Cooke, Zigomanis, and Godard weren't on this team last year. Eaton was gone for so much of it, he might as well be on that list. Goligoski is also new to the roster, is still adjusting to the NHL, and he isn't exactly being eased into the lineup. Letang isn't new, but he is still young and he's playing a ton of minutes, something he didn't do last year.
Gonchar and Whitney are also missed, not only for their individual strengths, but also for the trickle-down effect it has on the rest of the defense being asked to fill bigger roles.
Bob McKenzie wrote:1) Coaching: Players this year according to Tim Benz are saying that Therrien is not as harsh on them as he was in the past. This was the Bill Cowher effect after a while. After chewing his players out for years, he became a more friendly coach. Maybe this is affecting the drive of this team late if he's not pushing them or becoming too lax.
Bob McKenzie wrote:2) The Captain, yes, Sidney Crosby: Before you jump down my throat about this and how he captained this team to the SC team last year, he also had Malone, Roberts, Gonchar, Whitney, etc. Sid isn't surrounded by the veteran leadership he had from last year. Though the team was handed over to him, is he really being a captain at his current age? Does the team need an outspoken veteran?
3) Immaturity: Does this team look around in the locker room and see all of the talent and believe that's good enough to compete night in and night out? When the old SC champion Pens had all that talent and more in the locker room, they also had the Coffey's, Trottier's, Mullen's, etc in the room as well. That team was all business. That team was filled with veterans that knew they may never make it back to the SC again and how hard it was to get there. That's what Roberts was trying to instill in the team last year and why he was so pi$$ed when he was benched in game 1 for BGL. Does this team lack the maturity of a champion?
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