Stewie Griffin wrote:Now then, I’m going to do something I call the “compliment sandwich”, where I say something good, then talk about where you need improvement, and then end with something good.
Something good: Faceoffs. Zigomanis and Crosby (the Flyers's 2nd goal aside) were dominant in the circle, winning 85% and 71% respectively. The team won 60% overall. That leads to puck possession, which is always a good thing.
Where they need improvement: Normally, when the team wins, I can tolerate things I otherwise disagree with. Winning is the bottom line after all. That said, I hated the Gill-Scuderi combo before the season started and they stunk big time last night. Scuderi did save a goal at one end, so I'll give him credit for that, but it was an otherwise forgettable game for him. I never liked Hal Gill before he came here, but he played well once here for the most part, at least before last night. He was getting beat to the outside on a regular basis, and while I expect that from time to time, it seemed to happen every rush. To make it worse, he seemingly lost the physical edge he once had, as I saw him attempting poke checks on smaller players, which when you're 6'9", is everyone. I don't want to be the "hit somebody!" guy, but if he isn't going to maintain that physical edge, why's he dressed? Put Darryl Sydor in already. Even on the downside of his career, he's better than either one of these two.
Something good: Goals from simple plays. Brooks Orpik throws a shot on goal with traffic in front. Score. Godard and Cooke forecheck, Zigomanis crashes the net. Score. Dupuis has a shot and takes it instead of deferring to Crosby. Score. I don't advocate just throwing the puck on net just for the sake of getting a shot on goal, but I hope the Pens realized that the simple play works as long as you stick with it. You don't need to keep passing in the attempt to create the "perfect" play. Work hard, simplify things a bit and good things will happen, especially with the talent on the roster.