If you decide to be picky about how a team wins in the playoffs, you’re crazy.
Penguins 3 — Flyers 1
That’s not what I’m trying to do, by any means. What I do want to point out, though, is the fact that some things didn’t shape up. Had Marc-Andre Fleury not been an absolute force in net the Pens would have been trounced in this game.
I’ve been giving Fleury alot of love lately, and deservedly so. I’m not trying to beat a dead horse as some might say, but the forwards and defense need to play much better in front of him as the playoffs continue.
With numerous chances blown on the power play and eight total penalties, you’re doing everything BUT helping Fleury’s cause.
I just couldn’t believe that people were giving Fleury so much flack after losing in game 3. The guy can’t be everywhere all the time. I’m not going to repeat myself about that game, because I’ve already written about that here.
Tonight he was everywhere, but it’s not realistic to think he can continue to do so. The guy can’t stop 45 shots a night and be you’re sole defender for the majority of the game.
As for the game, the Pens did what they needed to do. They weathered the storm — the first eight minutes or so — which was dominated by the Flyers. They got a hustle goal from Sidney Crosby, albeit a lucky bounce from his stick to his thigh and in.
Tyler Kennedy then used a beautiful backhander to score what ended up being the winning goal. A 2-0 lead after two periods was the perfect position to be in.
Then the third period came and Philly outshot Pittsburgh 21-7. The goal they scored was garbage, with Fleury being knocked out of position just before the shot. But, again, playoff goals are garbage goals and, oftentimes, they are lucky.
With a chance to clinch the series win in game five on Thursday, I hope we see a different Pittsburgh team. There’s no better place to right your wrongs then at home in front of 17,132 fans on YOUR side.
With everything said, what a job by the Pens to be able to split in Philly. Just huge.
Chris | PPT