Pens - Canes Series
Posted on: May 24, 2009 8:55 am
I am reading a lot of posts from Pens fans proclaiming it to be destiny for the Pens to go to the Cups finals. There is also a lot of dissing on the Canes, and in particular, Cam Ward.
I look at it another way. I think the Pens are very fortune to be where they are at right now. I think the Pens were outplayed for much of the Flyers series, but were fortunate to get a bunch of big goals. By the end of the series, the Pens were clicking on all cylinders, and proved too much for the Flyers to come back on.
For the Washington series, I thought the Pens were firing on all cylinders all 7 games. But, they had no answer for Ovechkin, and if anyone else from Washington would have stepped up, I think the Pens would be golfing right now. Despite the Pens overwhelmingly dominate play, Washington was beating them on the scoreboard for a fair bit of the series.
Now, for the Canes series, we are seeing the Pens hitting on all cylinders again. Yet, Eric Staal was a heel of his stick away from tying up game 1 late. Games 2 and 3 came right down to the wire, even though the final score does not indicate that.
Don't get me wrong, I think the Pens were the better team in all 3 series. But, you don't have to be the better team to win, you have to score the puck the most, and for all of their dominance, the Penguins have kept their opponent in pretty much all of the games this post season.
As for Cam Ward, I think he is doing a decent job. I know the Pittsburgh media has been harping on how he is going to steal 2 or 3 games for the Canes, but he is seeing a ton of odd man rushes late because the Canes are getting behind and pressing, allowing the Pens to open it up. No goalie is going to stop the Pens in an up-and-down hockey game.
Not sure the point of this post, other than I think the Pens have been the better team in all of the series, but I don't think the arrogance displayed on the message boards by some of the Pens fans is NOT justified. As Bill Cowher used to say, there is a fine line between winning and losing, and I think the Pens are just on the other side of that line. When they play the Western opponent in the finals, I would like to see them a little farther over the line than they are now...