Why do fans continue to compare this (or any) Penguins' team to past teams?
I mean, I understand somewhat. The Montreal, Tampa and Philly series were all disappointing. But you certainly lose a hell of a lot more series than you win. The Tampa series saw the Penguins without Crosby and Malkin, so I'm going to give somewhat of a pass on that... although they WERE up 3-1. The Montreal series was just blah, but it went 7 games and we didn't look completely outclassed. That's just the way the playoffs happen sometimes. The Flyers series was utter disaster, and there's no excuse for that.
But why does this Penguins team have to resemble the '10, '11, '12 teams just because they lost and had a poor showing? Didn't the '08 and '09 teams have a poor showing? Didn't the '07 team steal one from Ottawa on their home ice?
I understand that the '12 Flyer's series has been the most recent, but it feels like a cheap, lazy way to describe the current team's effort. They don't put forth the effort of Game 1 and it's automatically "Shades of the Flyer's series." This happens to EVERY team in the playoffs and, more often that not, in every round.
Maybe I just have a mismatch approach to the playoffs. While I'd like to think a team as stacked as the Penguins could manhandle a team like the Islanders, the playoffs happen to be an outrageous roller coaster where someone like Tanner Glass scores a goal in the first game, great teams go down 2-0, series that shouldn't be close get forced to 7 games and things turn into all sorts of crazy.
Comparisons don't much make sense this early in. That said, I hope Neal gets back in so Iggy can go with Sid, because damnit, it's something I've wanted that for far too long.