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.
Pens at Red Wings, a 7-6 overtime win
Something good: Not quitting. Down 4-2 after 2, Detroit added to their lead with an early 3rd period power play goal. It would have been easy to call it a night, but the Pens kept battling and got back to 5-4. The sixth Detroit goal could have been a dagger, but again, the Pens kept after Detroit. They not only salvaged a point that seemed pretty unlikely, they got two, finishing off one of the more memorable regular season comebacks in overtime.
Where they need improvement: Penalty trouble. Against a team like Detroit, you need to stay out of the box. The Pens gave Detroit 5 opportunities, and got burned on 3 of them. A 40% kill rate is not something you can expect to overcome most nights. Part of that is just Detroit has a good power play. Perhaps another is just how important Rob Scuderi (only took 3 shifts in the 2nd before shutting it down for the night) is to that unit.
Something good: Jordan Staal. The goals were great to see and bode well for him going forward. The play he made to body block a defender from grabbing a puck that had gone up into the air was great, and allowed Matt Cooke to gain possession and get it to the net for one of Staal's goal. However, the steal from Pavel Datsyuk to set up Ruslan Fedotenko was my play of the game. Datsyuk is normally on the other side of plays like that and to see the tables turned was a thing of beauty.