This game was really frustrating.
Here is my instant end of game analysis.
Malkin and Crosby didn't do a whole lot. It seemed that the Sharks D keyed in on those two and did a very good job. I can see in the future where we are going to have to break them up. They just seemed to not have any room at all out there.
Also Colby needs to step it up. He plays very timid with Croby and Malkin now. He needs moved off their line or he needs to play with a little more energy.
Games like this show that sometimes the old vets can really chip in. I think that Leclair had a great game. He was backshecking, he created a lot of offense, and could have had a couple more points tonight if the bounces went right.
Dominic Moore had a great game as well. He has some really good moves and is good at getting away from defenders. He was finding some space and making good use of it.
Ouellet once again shows why he is on the team. Give him a chance and he'll bury it. He just needs to get more chances.
The 4th line had a lot of energy and had a lot of chances as well. 3rd and 4th lines get an A this game.
Flurey didn't play bad but he didn't play great eithor. He did keep them in it but couldn't steal a point for them. He made some nice saves but that 3rd goal seemed a little weak.
2nd line didn't do much. I think that Recchi just drags that line down. Jordan played pretty good. Not his best game but he didn't do anything horrible. Ekman looks good at times and sucks at others. I wonder if they replaced Recchi with a healthy Malone if that would improve that line? I didn't see Recchi do one helpful thing tonight. He just chugs around the ice like a little wind up toy.
Scuderi had a horrible horrible game. I asked about a week ago who was better; Scuds or Melicher. After this game there is no comparison.
Melichar looked pretty good, Gonchar looked even better, Welch looked the best. I don't know who played worse, Whitney or Scuderi, but both were horrible. Hope Eaton isn't hurt too bad. I can see after this game how much a good defense helps your game. SJ defense was awesome. They moved the puck quick, skated like the wind, and were very physical. Twice as good as our defense.
Overall the Pens hung right there with them but they were obviously outplayed by SJ. These types of games are good for the pens. It will toughen them up and Show them where they need to improve. I liked how physical the pens were playing. They were right at the level of the skarks in that department. Now we have to get ready for the Ducks! Yikes!!!