Henry Hank wrote:Literally, though, those were half the draws he won all night. He was 25% on faceoffs tonight. This is his sixth year in the league now and he hasn't improved one bit at them. It hurts the team and it's something that he should be able to improve if he'd just work on it. Just some fair criticism.
There are still a lot of the same kind of issues that have plagued this team for a while, but then again, they were also playing the reigning President's Trophy winner and Stanley Cup runner-up. Can't be upset with a shootout win on the road in a game that was mostly evenly contested, although I don't like the typical play a strong two periods and then let the other team take over the third. There's a lot of things Bylsma's Pens do well, but they have yet to figure out how to play with a lead in the third period.
I think a lot of the third period was just the fatigue factor, this is the first game that matters and was played at an extremely high level for a season opener, those little things that cost us will go away as guys get their hockey legs back