Orlando Penguin wrote:--Not quite sure how Nisky avoids that fight with Okposo. Okposo skates directly over to him to engage. Kinda difficult to just skate away from that, especially when you have incompetent officials who will call even-up when you don't even drop your gloves (Cooke penalty)
--I'll say it again -- I laughed when I read people saying that the Isles' 17 shots in the first period were of 'low quality'. And I laugh when people moan about Kennedy throwing pucks at the net. Guess what? You can't score if you don't shoot (unless you have biological problems...different topic). I bet there were more than a few of you who were yelling 'SHOOOOOOOT' when the Pens were screwing around with the puck in the final minute with the goalie pulled and not even LOOKING at the net. Especially in the playoffs, when you throw the puck at the net or put it in the crease area, good things will happen. Malkin drove me nuts twice last night when he'd try to wrap around the net but never let go of the puck into the crease area. Pucks take funny bounces...why do the other teams know that and use it to their advantage and the Pens don't?
Bingo. I may complain about a bunch of stuff, but TK is never one of them. Yeah he may chest snipe, but he always put the puck to the net, which is never a bad thing. I'd much rather see TK put the puck to the net then see Malkin carry it in and turn it over, or dance around the zone and not even get a puck on net.
Fleury continues to earn his nick name of Mashed Potato brains...he has to be better. The problem is, he's so friggin mentally weak. It looks like he's going to cry after every goal. More than a goaltending coach, I think he needs a mental coach.
Bennett plays 3 minutes a period for the first two, then two shifts in the third, which includes the last shift of the game. What kind of coach throws a kid that is completely cold out at the end of the game? Sure you may say his limited play had nothing to do with him personally, but it's still a horrible coaching decision. The kid deserves better and now Bylsma will scratch him for TK next game.
Crosby looks completely tentative. He didn't have that drive and determination last night. He's obviously scared to get engaged along the boards and didn't play his game at all. I expect him to be better next game after gaining some confidence last night.
Our PK is awful. We get pinned in our zone for what seems like eternity when compared to previous PK's we've had. We barely block shots, and barely pick off passes anymore. I remember the days where we created a ton of SH chances, now they're few and far between. We started to get back to an aggressive PK and now it seems like we've backed off again.
Bylsma - Dan, everyone sees it, except you. Malkin and Iginla don't have chemistry. They don't! Kunitz and Malkin do though! Why not make the brainless move of switching Iginla and Kunitz? I've been saying it all season, and I got blasted for it... the stretch pass and LACK of anything resembling a breakout will hurt us in the playoffs. Teams figure it out and know how to stop it. Our D men literally stand still with the puck and don't skate it up the ice on a controlled breakout. We ice the puck more than any other team and 90% of the time they're unforced icings! Stop with the stretch pass non stop and implement some kind of breakout aside from the stretch pass/tip in. Our record in the playoffs after winning the Cup is prime evidence that Bylsma is NOT a playoff coach and is easily solved. Zero adjustments.
Paul Martin looked horrible last night and I hope he bounces back, we need him to be a lot better with Engo dressed. Speaking of....once again, Bylsma's hatred for rookies hurts us again. Despres may make the odd mistake, but so does Engo, but at least there's more upside with Despres dressed! He can skate, he can pass and he can shoot.
It's hard to get into flow when your coach is changing lines all the time because of a needless benching of Bennett. It's also hard to find your game when you can't get INTO your game because you're getting outcoached. It's not that any particular players played HORRIBLE, it's that our coach was solved and the frustrations were showing. Yeah, I put some blame on Fleury, he did hold us in the game, but he also lost the game for us too. He continues to stop the tough shots and allow the easy ones.
I think just getting Orpik back and getting Engo out will help somewhat, even with as bad as Orpik has been this year. If Bylsma can make some adjustments to allow this team to use their speed and forecheck again, we'll have no problems, but that's all on him.