penny lane wrote:
Why that happened isn't nearly so obvious, although Orpik offered an intriguing perspective.
"It was just a big lack of confidence," he said. "I think it was more a mental collapse than anything.
"You can dissect play after play, but I think the overwhelming reason on every play, if you looked at it there were hockey mistakes, but they were all tentative mistakes, really. Guys who were maybe afraid to make a mistake.
"On the [penalty-kill], you're going out there hoping they didn't score rather than going out there to kill a penalty. Our attitude was a little fragile."
Yeah, a little. Like butterfly wings that have been marinated in liquid nitrogen.
that's a writer's line!
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pens need to play the games with more intensity, rather than trying to display their talent and skills nightly.
again with 48 games; all bets off, just win more than lose till april.
Orpik is right that they looked tentative. That's what happens when you are playing badly and the other guys are playing well.
So, obvious statement of the obvious is obvious. I'd expect no less from an athlete with a mic in his face.
Sometimes that "lack of confidence" is used as a catch-all-doesn't-explain-a-thing type of comment.
Confidence comes from success. Success comes from effort+skill+plan. Two of those elements were missing for that Penguins team late last year. When they got to the playoffs, the third element (skill) was no longer enough to overwhelm an opponent that also had similar skill. See, that's why you can coast through a regular season game at times. You can get away with iffy effort and unchallenged plans.... if your talent overwhelms the other sides equation.
Hopefully, Orpik was just mouthing platitudes to the press so as to not offend his teammates and coaches by calling them out for where they actually failed.
"Lack of confidence" tends to come when you are unprepared, unwilling to work, or simply outclassed in talent. The Pens lost on two of those accounts against the Flyers.