Oh yeah, absolutely, and I commented on that. I just noticed the impact more with Letang and Malkin in their recent respective areas of weakness (PP decisiveness and defensive calm).
They've been playing as a team for some time, dating back to last year. Tonight, they played as a machine that just overwhelms (a) with a total team effort, (b) with Sid, and (c) with a three center model that even the best teams would be hard pressed to fully defend. What was even better, though, was they looked like they knew it, were having fun doing it, and wouldn't take their feet off the pedal for an instant.
They incorporated Sid seamlessly into the team, rather than stood their in awe of his play and tried forcing pucks to him all game.
To be honest that was a worry of mine going into this game. I should have known better.
Wow, the Capitals organization just breeds a losers mentality, even more so than the Flyers do/have if that's even possible.
Nah, I was the quoter and it was just Semin, I would not paint all of them with that brush. That said I was waiting for the karma time to post something like that since he made that outrageous statement. Seeing him benched tonight made the tempation too great to resist.
Alexander Semin: What's So Special About Sidney Crosby?
What's so special about [Crosby]? I don't see anything special there. Yes, he does skate well, has a good head, good pass. But there's nothing else. Even if you compare him to Patrick Kane from Chicago ... [Kane] is a much more interesting player. The way he moves, his deking abilities, his thinking on the ice and his anticipation of the play is so superb.
I think that if you take any player, even if he is "dead wood," and start promoting him, you'll get a star.
Best part - he almost had it in about 10 minutes, too.
The most shocking stat to me was how many minutes Sid actually was on the ice. Just over 15, only 3 more than promised, and 6 less than his average last year. He seemed to be on the ice all the time to me, I would have guessed at least 25 minutes plus. Imagine when he plays his usual minutes.
His D-zone coverage was just silly. I think I was more impressed with that than anything. Trust me, it wasn't that I wasn't impressed with his offensive game either!!
I agree and I think that, now that the emotions are down, it was what makes me the happiest. Sid looked like he had played the night before. He was making the correct reads, he was taking great decisions, he was winning face offs and he was great defensively. Offensively, he created so many chances that he could have ended up with 2 or 3 more points quite easily. Yes, the Islanders were terrible out there, but he dominated like he used to.
Yeah, besides from his offensive effort tonight, Sid's being money on face offs was nice to see. The PP seemed to start every single opportunity in the Isles end because Sid kept winning the draws, resulting in possession right off the bat for the Pens.
finally caught up to the final score.
Crosby is my favorite player. I missed having him on the ice. The best part about this game is that I can't really give anyone a minus. Everyone was in their proper role for once and everyone was executing. Yeah it was the Islanders, but the result was as you'd expect. 5-0 in a game that could've been a lot worse for the Isles.
I was particularly impressed with how much better Malkin looked. He seems more patient when he's centering the 'second' line. His line had good chances that didn't work out. Staal's line too. Fleury looked great. The defense looked a lot better with Michalek on the ice rather than Picard. There's grit, there's strong penalty killers, there's faceoff ability, game-breaking talent, skill on the wings...