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.
Flyers at Pens, a 5-4 shootout win
Something good: Crosby goals. Nice to see him bury two with the straight blade that seemingly everyone else but him had given up on. You know, the same pattern he's used to win a scoring title and a MVP award? He also seemed to have a little more jump as evidenced late in the third when he exploded past a Flyer defenseman for an uncontested shot. Maybe that's a sign that his hip is feeling better. If so, good news for the Pens.
Where they need improvement: Holding leads. This is beginning to get old, is it not? Give them credit though. At least this game, they found a new way to do it, surrendering two shorthanded goals. Philly's other two goals were off weird bounces, but the bottom line is they need to get better at playing with leads.
Something good: Stick-to-it-tive-ness. After blowing yet another multiple goal lead and then actually falling behind, it would have been very easy for this team to hang their heads and go through the motions, especially with those momentum-sucking shorties. While they deserve criticism for blowing the leads, they deserve credit for continuing to battle and pulling out a win.