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Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby Penspal on Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:10 am

Pens win 2-1

- Clutch PK followed immediately by Nisky's goal was huge. Kudos to the crowd, they were :fist: the PK and then goal was :thumb:
- Martin solid again, and he continues to surprise/impress on the powerplay
- MAF solid and unlucky on the Ovie goal (Hit Nisky's backside dropped to his stick), otherwise might of been a shutout. Holtby was great, but MAF better.
- Bennett had a nice hit and was more physically involved than his early games, he's a keeper.
- Pens survived some stupid penalties, which have for the most part been absent the last few weeks
- Pens played smart, ignoring the little shots on Sid which is the right way to play.
- 10 game winning streak in each of the last 3 seasons, a new NHL record.
- PK faceoffs were not good. Adding Sid helps the PK so much in that respect.
- Ovie is not the player he used to be. I think its his conditioning?
- ice sucks at CEC. Hopefully no one hits a rut and gets injured
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby jwest21 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:13 am

-Martin has redeemed himself this year
-Ovie spent a lot of time cherry picking
-Fleury is incredible right now
-Bylsma sounds like he is breathing through an iron lung during his press conferences.
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby tfrizz on Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:13 am

Every time Niskanen's been asked to step up due to injuries, he's done so - even going back to last season. :thumb:
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby Big Easy Pens Fan on Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:20 am

tfrizz wrote:Every time Niskanen's been asked to step up due to injuries, he's done so - even going back to last season. :thumb:


Niskanen is a lot better player than most of us here give him credit for. :pop:


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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby Idoit40fans on Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:23 am

Posts like that bother me. Niskanen is a solid second pairing defenseman. It seems like almost everyone here thinks he is exactly that.
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby penny lane on Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:24 am

10!
The CAPS thought being physical with the penguins would get them off of their game… NYET
Holtby played well; 30 + shots and only 2 goals.
The defensemen played great on the 4 min PK. I thought 2 favorite whipping boys played outstanding: Brooks and D Engellend!
I loved seeing the old school CAPS jerseys!
Being extra close to the ice;six or 7 rows; what skill. Hockey truly is artistic and brutal all at once.

Slow, steady, march to the top!
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby Stevens25 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:27 am

I still wish Joe V got more ice time. I don't understand DB's hatred for him. I hope he doesn't get the ax when Malkin returns. Glass is borderline useless in my opinion.
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby tfrizz on Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:30 am

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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby Shakes on Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:34 am

Kind of boring game until THAT sequence in the 3rd. I didn't catch this live action, but check this out (from the thePensblog):

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Looks like Ribeiro could have ended Sid there cleanly and held up.
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby DelPen on Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:47 am

Shakes wrote:Kind of boring game until THAT sequence in the 3rd. I didn't catch this live action, but check this out (from the thePensblog):

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Looks like Ribeiro could have ended Sid there cleanly and held up.


Under the current rules that would be heavy suspension for a blind side hit.
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby sil on Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:59 am

The best part about these types of wins is not just that they're playoff brand defensive hockey games, but that the pens simply aren't allowing themselves to get suckered into the behind-the-play stuff that Philly used to end their season last year. Took some time, but they appear to have finally figured that out.
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby Beveridge on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:02 am

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Someone should tell Flower that Tanger wasn't there. Poor guy.
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby Hawkeynut on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:07 am

- Another day at the office for the Pens.
- Defense filled in nicely for Tanger's absence(scoring both goals)
- Neal looks lost out there without his setup man.
- Kunitz has cooled down lately but mostly because teams can now focus solely on that top line.
- Flower was sharp.. hmm maybe this 2 goalie thing is working?
- Crowd at the CEC was very audible. :thumb: :thumb: to you!
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby Shakes on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:19 am

sil wrote:The best part about these types of wins is not just that they're playoff brand defensive hockey games, but that the pens simply aren't allowing themselves to get suckered into the behind-the-play stuff that Philly used to end their season last year. Took some time, but they appear to have finally figured that out.


This is why I'm looking forward to Sunday's game. Let's see if the Pens can "get to their game" for 60 mins against those clowns. It's been a long time coming.
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby SoupOrSam on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:20 am

I only have one thing to say:

Ove needs his roids back.
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby Idoit40fans on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:22 am

sil wrote:The best part about these types of wins is not just that they're playoff brand defensive hockey games, but that the pens simply aren't allowing themselves to get suckered into the behind-the-play stuff that Philly used to end their season last year. Took some time, but they appear to have finally figured that out.


If they get past Philly without getting sucked into it, it'll be progress.
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby sil on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:24 am

Shakes wrote:
sil wrote:The best part about these types of wins is not just that they're playoff brand defensive hockey games, but that the pens simply aren't allowing themselves to get suckered into the behind-the-play stuff that Philly used to end their season last year. Took some time, but they appear to have finally figured that out.


This is why I'm looking forward to Sunday's game. Let's see if the Pens can "get to their game" for 60 mins against those clowns. It's been a long time coming.


And no one on the pens bench needs to act like a clown...we're looking at you...

Spoiler:
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby RisslingsMissingTeeth on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:25 am

This Paul Martin guy we brought in this year is a complete stud. Much better than the Paul Martin we apparently cut after last season. That guy was a loser.
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby MRandall25 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:27 am

Beveridge wrote:Image


Someone should tell Flower that Tanger wasn't there. Poor guy.


That's awesome. Taking superstition to a whole new level.
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby MarioLives on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:33 am

Is this a team peaking too early, or a team that is learning what it takes to win any type of game? I think it is the latter. They have too much skill to peak, as long as they work hard and comply to their system I think the sky is the limit.
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby Idoit40fans on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:35 am

MarioLives wrote:Is this a team peaking too early, or a team that is learning what it takes to win any type of game? I think it is the latter. They have too much skill to peak, as long as they work hard and comply to their system I think the sky is the limit.


Reminding me a lot of last year. I think they are peaking too early. I'm getting ready to go on rants about how they're going to cool off before the playoffs and flounder out of them, just like I did last year. Its not good. Hopefully Letang and Malkin return to the lineup and round into form in time for the playoffs to start and they can keep things rolling.
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby MRandall25 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:36 am

If they were peaking, I would think they would be winning games by more than 1 or 2.
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby columbia on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:37 am

A team without Malkin and Letang is peaking?
That's a pretty curious analysis.
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby Froggy on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:39 am

Pens lose 2 or 3 in a row? PANIC!
Pens go on a winning streak? PANIC!

when did winning a bunch of games in a row automatically become a bad thing?
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Re: Game 31 vs Caps - Thoughts from the Morning After

Postby Idoit40fans on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:47 am

Froggy wrote:Pens lose 2 or 3 in a row? PANIC!
Pens go on a winning streak? PANIC!

when did winning a bunch of games in a row automatically become a bad thing?


When the playoffs are approaching, they last 2 months, and you have an understanding that a team can't stay hot for a third of a calendar year.
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