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.
Devils at Pens, a 4-1 win
Something good: Defensive play. The Pens did allow 30 shots by New Jersey, but a majority of them were outside shots where the Devils were just throwing pucks at the net. Only 5 of those shots came from inside the house (draw a rectangle from the faceoff dots down to the goal line). 14 of them came from the top of the circles or higher. Excellent job by the team to give Dany Sabourin a relatively uneventful evening.
Where they need improvement: The lone goal against, because I had to list something. It was a pretty good game, so this is just nitpicking. Janne Pesonen missed a clearing chance, Rob Scuderi fumbled a puck a missed another clear, partly because Hal Gill knocked someone into him, then Gill makes an ill-advised attempt to lie down and block a shot. He missed, Rupp didn't.
Something good: Sidney Crosby. We may never know what was bothering him earlier in the year, but he's been looking better and better over the past 3-5 games. I think last night makes it official: he's back and as good as ever. Look out NHL.