thebear wrote:Letang said in his interview , "we gave them the game" . The bruins did not do anything to win the game.
sid , backed up letang that this was the same message going through the team after rewatching the game.
Hi, bear. Welcome!
I'm not sure what your point is. IMO, Letang's right, but his comment is incomplete. The Pens offered the game on a silver platter from the opening faceoff and the Bruins capitalized and ran with it. Did you not look at the Pens in game 2 and say to yourself, "Who the hell are these guys?" Arguably, you could say the same for the Bruins, as they haven't played this well at any point in the past season. Julien himself said so.
No one's denying the Bruins credit. But, the Pens don't need to self-flagellate in front of the cameras, nor do they need to spout "Woe is us; we're in over our heads, we're outmatched, no one expects us to win" gamesmanship like the Bruins did before the series started. Think about it: First, it would be disingenuous; the Pens are a good team who can beat the Bruins. Second, the series is two games in; these guys are pros--you don't concede anything, especially publicly, to your opponent when there could be 5 games left!
"Credit," to the extent that Bruins fans need it, is currently taking the form of the Pens making radical adjustments and approaches to salvage their season
. That should be enough, no?
The Bruins are a good team. You don't have to look hard to see Pittsburgh sports talking heads and Pens fans giving plenty of credit to them. Apparently, Julien used the long layoff more wisely and made the right adjustments first. Now we have to see if the Pens can counter before it's too late for them. We have to rally our team right now. If that means putting credit for the Bruins on the back burner for a few days and focusing on the great aspects of our team, then so be it.