shmenguin wrote:if you can sick bergeron on crosby to shut him down, then what's the point of having crosby?
I can understand star players being shut down at even strength, because realistically, teams are allowed to hook, slash, interfere, etc. at will in the playoffs and never get called.
But on the power play, which I keep coming back to, the Pens need to score at least 20% of the time with this much talent. This is why they need to go with a more defensive oriented system next season and work tirelessly on perfecting their man-advantage. If they were tighter defensively and better on the power play, they beat Tampa in 2011, Montreal in 2010, Philly last year, and are up 2-1 in this series now.
To me, the answer is simplified if they fire the whole coaching staff, get rid of the dead weight on the roster, get a bit younger and faster in the offseason, and focus on defense and special teams.
The grand irony of Bylsma's one-trick-pony system is that it creates exactly the opposite of what it intends. The focus of the system is for the defense to quickly get the puck up ice to the forwards to create chances off the rush. Teams simply plan for this by packing it in around the goal, challenge the Pens at the blue line, and force turnovers, which creates the odd man breaks that Bylsma's system is supposed to create. He should be fired for his refusal to adapt and adjust, and also for his arrogance and misuse of world class talent like Letang and Iginla. Putting Iggy on the third line was almost a defiant slap in the face to both Iggy and Shero, as if Bylsma was stating "I never wanted this guy here to begin with, so take that!"
And just like in 2011, when his team languished against Tampa in a 1-0 game late on the power play as Mark Letestu fumbled the puck clumsily in the offensive zone with 400+ career goal scorer Kovalev on the bench, the Pens lose in OT with Engelland on the ice defending Boston's top players.