Getting To My Game wrote:Pens in 5, Ottawa blows, they're old and slow. We'll break Anderson.
The Snapshot wrote:Nice job from all of the experts on here picking the Sens.
The Sens did not play very well down the stretch. They looked like they were going to fall out of the playoffs. They have limited scoring and nobody up front capable of being relied upon to score when they need it. Their D is big, but I can guarantee you that the Habs forwards did not pressure them the way they will be pressured by our forwards. The top two lines are now as they should have been from Game 1 of Crosby's return. Letang is better all around than Karllson. Their victory over the Habs was a gift from a weakened Montreal team that most likely would not have made the playoffs had there been a 82 game season. Price not only stunk in the playoffs, but down the stretch as well.
The Pens will pressure the Sens D and hit them. Their bigger D are not all that mobile. We hit Chara and we will hit them without fear. The Pens will possess the puck more than against the Isles. They will not be beaten by the young forwards the Sens now rely on of necessity.
Pens will win this in 5 or 6, not because I want them to, but because some of the experts on here continually ignore the psychology of this beautiful sport and focus on Xs and Os. The Pens will win because they are better at every position from the neck up, and our talent will negate their biggest perceived advantage in goal. That will be the series in simple terms. We will cut Sampson's hair when we beat their bald goalie.
These same experts point to all of the shots the Isles got, the fact that the Isles got the Pens to turn pucks over, etc. I would point to the fact that the Pens responded in almost every instance to a key Isles score with one of their own. I would point to the fact that they never allowed the Isles to get a back breaker. That they won in a very hostile environment with their A game when it counted, after hanging in there with their B game.
It was a great tune up. It proved to me and most-likely to themselves that they were resilient and mentally strong. That doesn't need to come from a sweep where we dominated for all 12 periods. Last year was an anomoly. I know the Kings only lost a few games last year en route to their Cup - but that is far from normal.
The Pens will need a short series somewhere along the way no doubt, but I am proud of the way they responded to a very game Isles team despite having to replace their "franchise" goalie.
Playoffs are like heavyweight fights. You don't have to win every round. Sometimes the challenger who is picked as a "tune up" proves to be more than expected. Bully fighters who are favored crumble when they get punched back. This team, all year, fought adversity and showed it could take a punch. Fleury punched them in the face. The Isles rained punches on them right and left. Their cut man was busy in their corner, but when the Final bell rang they found enough to put the Isles down, down on points on all cards last night. They also have several 10-8 rounds in the series though as well - and they never had to get up off the canvas - possubly being staggared in Game 4 but not down.
The issue for the Sens is nobody that wows you in offense, going to have a hard time continuing scoring goals.
Henry Hank wrote:The issue for the Sens is nobody that wows you in offense, going to have a hard time continuing scoring goals.
Then again, the Pens can be pros at sparking another team's offense with giveaways and, with Fleury in net, bad goals.
Looking back to the 2010 series against Montreal, that was a weak offensive team but they were able to score enough to get past the Pens.
If the Pens continue to sleepwalk through games, mismanage the puck, and take bad penalties they can lose to anyone. If they're on the ball, I don't think they can be beat. That's why I don't buy into the idea that certain teams are or have been bad match-ups. Every team they've faced in the playoffs since the Cup have somehow been bad match-ups.
Steve wrote:Will we see this dude in this series?Spoiler:
MRandall25 wrote:That's not what (level-headed) people are saying
k0la wrote:Better matchup for Pens. Islanders played great hockey, and they didn't rely on their goalie. You wanna beat Pens it's with offense, speed and hard hitting. Great goaltending matters, but you can't rely on it against a team that can do so many things. PP will be important again as Sens will have their goon moments. Pens in 6
BurghersAndDogsSports wrote:k0la wrote:Better matchup for Pens. Islanders played great hockey, and they didn't rely on their goalie. You wanna beat Pens it's with offense, speed and hard hitting. Great goaltending matters, but you can't rely on it against a team that can do so many things. PP will be important again as Sens will have their goon moments. Pens in 6
I'm sorry I just don't understand this line of thinking with most pens fans on the matchups. Most saying that speed beats the Pens because of the last two playoffs series? Everyone keeps saying that. But this year teams that bottled up the neutral and slowed us down actually gave us the most trouble, either beat us, kept things tight or were winning until we finally broke through with a PP goal or finished off a mistake.
Now that doesn't mean I think the Sens will win. I haven't seen much of them this year but there defense and PP point players can be problematic but they seem to lack scoring up front. I just don't buy the "speed" thing, it's not necessarily the Isles speed that killed us, it was them not letting our offense get going from our own end that did. Sure they turned some turnovers quickly the other way but do we really think the Sens can't do that just as effectively? I mean they have some speed.
To win in my eyes it's more about the Pens coming out of their own zone and getting better breakouts. I know the Isles gave some of our slower dmen fits but I just have a hard time believing the Sens don't have players who can do some of the same things.
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