offsides wrote: Easton wrote: offsides wrote: farnham16 wrote:
RxBandit66 wrote:Back in 1991 and 1992, those teams had trouble in the early rounds too. Remember, the Isles have been playing playoff type hockey for several weeks now, fighting to simply make the playoffs.
The series is 2-2. Now it's a best of 3 with the Pens having home ice. Make a change in goal, a lineup change or two (Kennedy or Vitale should play), and move forward. No big deal.
I wouldn't say its no big deal. I felt fine when the Pens were down 0-2 to the Caps are few years ago because of the way they played in those two losses. You knew they would win the next few.
This series, the Pens have played 3 terrible games in a row and should be down 1-3. They are in huge trouble.
Its up to Sid and Geno to turn this ship around.
I agree with the terrible play, and home ice doesn't mean much now. Haven't we lost our last three game sevens at home? Also not sure what the 91 and 92 teams have to do with this one.
About the same as the last three game sevens have had to do with this series.
Right you are, but at least some of the current players were involved in the last few game sevens. No one from the 91-92 teams are involved now.
I get what RxBandit is saying, I think. RxB, you can tell me if I'm off base.
I take his comment to mean that two of the most celebrated, talented rosters in franchise history struggled mightily in the first rounds of their 1991 and 1992 Cup runs. It's not necessarily the specific 1991 and 1992 teams that are the point; it's the general notion that it's not entirely uncommon to see a stacked roster struggle with an ostensibly lesser team--and in an incredibly frustrating-bordering-on-humiliating way. Many fans, including yours truly, fretted a good bit at how the 1st round vs. NJ in 1991 and the 1st round, vs. the Caps, and the 2nd round, vs. NYR, in the 1992 playoffs were playing out.
The Pens, if my memory serves, got absolutely manhandled in more than a few games each of those playoff years. In fact, the Pens got blown off the ice a few times. Granted, it was a different era of firewagon hockey. But when the Pens' firewagon could only put up 1 or 2 goals while getting 5, 6, or 7 hung on them early and midway in a series, well, then yeah, there were some tense times.
RxB is saying, "It was really bad...and it looked kind of pathetic and hopeless at times, too...and look how those years turned out. So just wait and see." And, frankly, he's made me feel a tad better reminding me.