Henry Hank wrote:The missed offsides is irrelevant. That whole thing started with a bad giveaway in the neutral zone by the fourth line. That CANNOT happen when you're playing with a 3-0 lead. They gave them an opening and they took advantage. Sure it was a bad call. That happens. The Pens were starting to give the puck away and run around before that. A goal against was bound to happen.
The PP really killed them tonight too. If they take advantage of one of those PPs, this game probably is over. You knew eventually Philly was going to get their's. That's just how it goes. Philly took advantage and they ended up winning. It's very typical of this team to blow chances to take games over on the PP. There's no killer instinct on this Pens team. It's been missing since they won the Cup.
Sorry for contributing to the negativity but what else can you say? Everybody sees this stuff coming and then it still happens. I've had the same feeling about this team as I had about the 2010 from the last few weeks of the season on. You knew that team was in trouble with the way they finished the season and the way they opened the playoffs. It was just a matter of time before they got beat and I can't help but feel the same way about this one.
We will see if Bylsma earns his keep. Adjustments have to be made against Philly. The Flyers completely took away the wall in the Pens defensive zone and the Pens continued all game to try to use the wall to break out. Same thing will happen if the Pens don't adjust.
The Pens can dominate the Flyers. When they are all skating hard and playing their game Philly can't win. Pens gave up after the first. Plain and simple. They either learn from this and never let it happen again, or they don't and they lose this series.
I think they will be okay because this group normally responds to adversity very well. I will say this though, if the Pens lose, Bylsma has to be fired.