I liked him better in the regular season to be honest. Both he and his brother looked 'off' to me the entire series except the 3 period last night and the first period in Game 1. Both of them are excellent passers yet they both seem to keep fanning on passes, missing the guy completely, etc.
The penalties need to ease down.. but it was like that all season, so I don't know why people were that shocked.
Shocked? No. Worried? Obviously 'cause it's way more costly in the playoffs and you hope that he'll understand one day. He's young, hope he will. But it's not because it was like that, that it should continue.
He's got a lot of maturing to do, but I like the talent and drive I'm seeing. I wouldn't call his performance an unqualified success, but he definitely helped us win the round, which is more than you can say for Pleks, Ryder, and others.
Sergei has been good in some games, very good in others (like Game 6), and excellent last night.
His feed to Higgins for the 4-4 tying goal on Saturday was absolutely gorgeous. That's the kind of play that makes me think he's going to be a playoff performer in his career... a real clutch player in the making folks!