Henry Hank wrote:Series is over, folks. Bury your head in the sand if you want - honestly, I admire it. But it's not reality. The Flyers own the Pens, end of story. The Pens may have a better team on paper, but the Flyers are a better team on the ice. Simple as that. They just showed you why. They take the lead and they go into shutdown. They counter attack and put it away. The Pens get a lead and they let Flyers get behind their D. The Pens team D became a joke once Sid came back.
And no, it's not just one game. It's not even two games. The Flyers have owned the Pens all season. Think about how retched this is: the Pens have blown leads of two or more goals in four of the last five meetings between these teams.
The Flyers are the better team, but it's still a disgrace on the Pens' end. They put themselves in a position to be up 2-0 right now and they're going to go into Philly down 2-0. This has been coming for a long time. They stopped doing the little things that made some successful while Sid was out. It's a black mark on the coaching staff and the players that they couldn't address that over the last few weeks.
Philly is legit. They'd win the Cup if Bryzgalov doesn't blow it for them, which he can easily do to a good team that actually knows how to play D and play with a lead.
Series isn't over, but the Pens need to get to their game. The teams are evenly matched, regardless of what everyone was saying going into the series, but Philly is playing at the top of their game. The Pens don't look comfortable in their own skin. This is a series of confidence, and 100% of it is on the other side. If it doesn't change Sunday, the Pens are making tee times for Thursday morning.