MRandall25 wrote:I said it in the GDT, but I think it got buried:
Lange mentioned that the Pens looked too impatient with the PP. They were/are trying to force things to happen instead of taking their time and letting things happen or making things happen (please note a key difference between forcing and making that is not noticeable in text form).
I think Bowser's link showed that point. The Pens aren't making anything happen.
A couple of notes to add to those pics.
1. Woeful breakout. Awful positioning. As Neal is carrying the puck in the NZ towards the blue line, there is only ONE option for him thanks to the Pens being in bad locations. That option is to beat the D 1v1. When you have the 1-man advantage, that is precisely what you DO NOT WANT to be creating. You ought to be trying to get 2v1 isolations with your movement/passing/setup.
2. After Neal DOES beat the defender (good on you, James), as Bowser points out he has nobody to pass to in the middle of the zone. NOBODY. What's even more shameful is that pic with Neal almost to the goal line... and STILL no other Pen is visible in the middle of the ice.
If Malkin was at the far boards blue line as Neal enters the zone, HE is the guy that should be racing down to the RW goal line area. Kunitz ought to be heading towards the slot. Crosby, particularly coming from the red line with speed should be going to the slot.
Letang should be manning his post up at the blue line.
But where is Crosby? Well, look a couple of pics ahead and THERE he is again at teh RW halfboards/goal line area. With Malkin. In the SAME spot. Again. Like always.
Because that's where they both want to be. Where they both gravitate naturally and instinctively. And that's why it's a mess when those two are out there together. Not only are they less effective when you force one of them to go to another spot (such as moving Malkin up to the point, or pushing Sid to the crease), but it simply doesn't come naturally. So it's stuttering, fits and starts movements, not smooth, and appearing uncomfortable and forced.
What you end up with, like that Kunitz/Malkin standing next to each other at the blue line, is a whole lot of terrible spacing making it EASY to defend. Things get too static from it as well, furthering the ease to defend it.
Teams simply put all their pressure on that RW half boards. When they take away time and space there, the Pens have nothing else up their sleeve. Gonna keep happening too, until the Pens show any proclivity to punishing overaggressive PKs for it.