I really don't want Talbot to start. As much as I like him and it's more enjoyable to see the team show up, I don't want an artificial effort to soften the reality of this team's suckage. It drives me nuts that the team clamps down and plays in front of Talbot. For all I know, Hank is an egomaniac or he's whined or implied frustration towards his teammates for their poor performance too often in the past and now they would rather play in front of a rookie because they're tired of Hank being visibly frustrated at them for their lack of scoring and what not in years passed. Regardless though, Hank has been the only reason half of these guys have ever even seen the post season and he's the guy they're stuck with so they better learn to play for him again.
A couple of turnovers, obviously, hurt us in that first period as far as giving them momentum.
They got a fortunate bounce on their first power play. We had done a real good job of killing that penalty until then. Then, obviously, the goal at the end of the first period and right at the start of the second period that really put us back.
- Alain Vigneault
Makes me want to find this man and punch him. We had done a real good job of killing that one penalty, sure. How about the 4 other goals where our guys thought they were attending a Penguins game to watch and be entertained. Is that what you mean when you say "put us back". Turnovers only hurt us in the first, in giving them momentum? Not on the Crosby goal where three Rangers watched one Penguin steal the puck and feed a wide open best player in the world? I SO miss Torts being honest. Instead we get "well, I didn't see the Crosby goal, I was getting a fresh stick of gum but I thought besides those turnovers in the first... Holy ****, the penguins scored 5? When did that happen? I swear I only went to dressing room for a fresh pack of double mint 6 times last night. I thought we lost 3-2!! Uh, yeah, the bounces were unfortunate. The penguins are such a lucky team."