Credit to Kicksave for the sweet Pens-centric pic.
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.
Wild at Pens, a 2-1 shootout loss
Something good: Jordan Staal's fight. It wasn't lopsided, but edge to Staal as he threw and landed more punches before losing his balance and falling down. I don't want to see him make a regular habit of dropping gloves as he can't help the team win from the box (or worse if he breaks his hand and is out for a while), but I like seeing that aggression come out of him now and then.
Where they need improvement: Power Play. Credit the Minnesota penalty killers (they are tops in the league after all), but the bottom line is the Pens' power play went 0-4 with 5 shots. If they score on just one of those chances, they win the game.
Something good: Fitting in. Phillipe Boucher had a good first outing as a Pen. Defensively, I didn't notice him all that much, at least until looking at the game stats and saw he had 6 blocked shots. At the other end, he fired 6 at Backstrom. Unfortunately, 2 were blocked and 3 went wide, but I expect that to go away as he gets more comfortable here. There were a couple of time he looked hesitant to make an aggressive offensive play, and I imagine that will get worked out as well. At the very least, his presence pushed the struggling Mark Eaton to the press box.