Sunday, May 31, 2009

Thoughts through the second intermission

*I love how talking heads always say that Crosby is struggling just by looking at box scores. Yes, he's having trouble putting up points but he created two sterling opportunities for Bill Guerin that ended up with nothing. How much would he be "struggling" if he had two primary assists?

Crosby needs some help, like ... maybe his linemates finishing the chances he creates.

*The Jordan Staal-Tyler Kennedy-Matt Cooke line has been fantastic since the midway point of the Capitals series. While they haven't scored much, they are dominating puck control and cycling like homeless man's Sedins. Should the rest of the team adopt a dump-and-chase philosophy?

*Is there a more dangerous guy in the last minute of a period than Johan Franzen? He scored toward the end of the second period in Game 1 and nearly had goals in the waning moments of both periods tonight.

*Evgeni Malkin missed another golden opportunity again, this time off of a one-timer chance. With Crosby fighting through checks and lackluster play from his linemates, Malkin has to make a play in the third period.

*No doubt about it, the Penguins need luck in the third period. I don't feel great about this at all. Go Pens.

(This was going to be a bullet list but blogspot can't seem to handle that right now. Am I blaming my own HTML shortcomings on blogspot? Yes.)


Joe said...


You should rename this blog "Marc Andre Fleury Sucks". MAFS is a catchy acronym, right? I laughed so hard on that third goal.

This game was a lot closer than G1 though. I know some people are talking sweep, but I still see this going pretty much the way it did last year, where Pitt is able to split at home and maybe push a Game 6 too, but a 2-0 deficit in a series is an awfully big mountain to climb against one of the best in the league.

jamestobrien said...

That third goal was ROUGH. If the Penguins manage to hold serve, we have a series. I'm trying not to panic.