So now we get overly optimistic.
Detroit 3 — Pittsburgh 1
(Red Wings lead series 1-0)
I mean, hasn’t that been the case for every Pens fans since the end of Game 1? Before the game started we all knew how important a win in Game 1 would be, considering the first two games are back-to-back on Detroit’s home ice.
Many of us are thinking, ‘We’re alright. All we need to do is split.’ And that’s true. But a win tonight will not come easy.
Detroit looks just as strong as they did last year. Confidence for the Penguins should come from the fact that they look better.
Had it not been for some crazy bounces the complexion of Game 1 would have been totally different. You can’t really blame anyone for those goals. The important thing is that the Penguins become aware of how the Red Wings utilize their home rink.
Really, the only part of Pittsburgh’s game that was subpar was faceoffs. The Pens must be better in the circle, especially in the offensive zone.
It was assuring to see the Pens look like equals on the ice from the start of the game. We really didn’t see much back-and-forth, give-and-take in any game during last year’s finals. The equality came in stretches and was sporadic at best.
Part of the success last night is because of Pittsburgh’s ability to force turnovers. We didn’t see much of that last year.
I could go on, but the bottom line is that it seems like the Pens have alot to build upon for Game 2. I’ll be impressed it they get a win tonight. Before the series I said they had to win Game 1 — if not they wouldn’t split.
Let’s hope I’m wrong.
LET’S GO PENS
Chris | PPT