Friday, May 16, 2008

Flyers get one back

Eastern Conference final
(2) Pittsburgh v. (6) Philadelphia
Penguins lead series 3-1
It seems the Pittsburgh Penguins are still in need of a little more maturity.

While they have grown remarkably despite their youthful makeup, the Penguins could use more experience when it comes to the killer instinct. For the second NHL playoff series in a row, they failed to close the deal in an elimination game.
Game 4 was more of what I'd expected from this series: A high level of intensity from the Flyers, scrums after the whistle, and a Pittsburgh team that was, at least at some points, on its heels in its own end.

That's not to say Philadelphia has a chance.

No, I'll go back to a few words I had about the San Jose-Dallas matchup in Round 2, when it was the Sharks on the mat looking like they'd soon tap out: "The team in the hole wins a game, brings it to 3-1, well, okay, there's their last gasp. Given where they're coming from, the odds are so long that it's not worth thinking about. Who's next again?"

By that logic, the answer's "Detroit," with only the date to be determined.

The Flyers and Stars need to win another game for my ears to perk up (and take down that poll in the sidebar).

As far as I'm concerned, Penguins fans are safe buying the hat.

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At 4:16 a.m., May 16, 2008, Blogger Pensblog Staff said...

you need to take that poll down.

We know what your trying to do Dr. hahha

At 7:53 a.m., May 16, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) 'Where has that been'? The Flyers for the first time this series played 'Flyers hockey'. It won't be enough to win, but it at least makes for exciting/interesting games to watch!

At 10:52 a.m., May 16, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

It seems the Pittsburgh Penguins are still in need of a little more maturity.

Has Shoalts been holding onto that line for 14 games so that he could finally have a chance to use it? From a sample size of three, of which only two back up his claim, he determines that Pittsburgh has a killer instinct problem.

Montreal had a "killer instinct" problem. So did San Jose. A team that's 11-2 seems to understand the idea of winning games...

At 10:58 a.m., May 16, 2008, Blogger The Seeker said...

If anyone told you that the Penguins could get into the SC Finals having lost one one game above the minimum required to get there, you'd say they needed rehab.

To only lose two is simply amazing.

It just so happens those two loses were against teams which faced elimination and were playing on their home ice. Most teams come into series just hoping to split their away games.

The Pens have accomplished that twice. Winning as many as they have, the odds alone would dictate they'd have a flat period or two somewhere along the line.

The never gave up and had the momentum at the end (Philly was sweating an upset) going into game 5.

At 11:10 a.m., May 16, 2008, Anonymous dvc said...

Yeah, not sure I understand how an inability to sweep every series is somehow an indication of a team's lack of maturity. One team was clearly desperate, the other team had no reason to be, but still made things pretty dicey at the end. When they kept showing Mario Lemieux looking "concerned" on TV, I kept thinking he was loving the idea of an extra home gate.

Don't think Pens fans should be panicking just yet. If Timonen and Coburn both return Sunday, are effective, and the Flyers get a huge lift from that, then it could get interesting.

At 11:30 a.m., May 16, 2008, Blogger Old said...

...While they have grown remarkably despite their youthful makeup, the Penguins could use more experience when it comes to the killer instinct...

Does this mean that Detroit is too young, or too old?

At 12:10 p.m., May 16, 2008, Anonymous TheToddBertuzziOfGolf said...

James are you picking the Red Wings or the Pens in the finals?

"Does this mean that Detroit is too young, or too old?"

They will never be considered young unless Chelios retires. I think the biggest knock on them this year was the horrible "curse of the Presidents Trophy"... well that and Hasek playing horribly.

At 3:15 p.m., May 16, 2008, Blogger itchit said...

Shoalts later writes: "It might be rather presumptuous to say the Penguins are in need of maturity, since the loss was just their second one of this year's playoffs." I think "presumptuous" may not be the best adjective. I would suggest "incorrect", "daft" or "cement headed".

At 3:23 p.m., May 16, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Now, now guys, play nice.

At 2:04 a.m., May 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Timonen and Coburn should return on Sunday, even if series is 3-1. We have a series after all, mark my words. Trolley journey to SC will continue :)

"Timonen pulled practices through Saturday and without any shots, but I guess he will need some pain killers, never the less most important is that he will play(95% certainty)"


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