I want line 1 and 2 matched up against Lilja-Kubina AT ALL TIMES. Fly around them and put pucks on net. Bang bodies, make them second guess everything they do. Don't let them get comfortable. For the love of god, grind those b*tches down tonight.
Last edited by HuskerTornado: 04-13-2012 at 04:26 PM.
I don't know what the stats are, but I'm betting that a team's odds of winning a series go significantly down if they lose the first 2 games at home. So, while this might not be a MUST win, it's about as close as you can get. The point has been belabored, but the Pens need to keep up the intensity they played with in the first period even if they get a lead. I don't care if it's 5-0; play like it's 0-0. If they can play that way and cut down on the mental lapses and dumb turnovers in the defensive zone, then I like their chances, even though that game 1 is still lingering.
At this point I think the Pens would have to be up 5-0 with 10 minutes left for me to feel confident that they'd win. It's a far cry from last year's playoffs where if they scored three goals they were guaranteed to win.
Just remember, if we don't win tonight we aren't hooped yet. We have to win one of the next 2. If we're down 2-1, it doesn't matter how we got there and there's a lot of series to play. Also remember, this is a friggen talented team and that we could have won last game even though the Malkin line was invisible. If they show up tonight it should be a much different outcome.
I really hope we win this one as It'd be a huge struggle to come back from 2-0 down away from home. I won't lose faith that we can't do it as Montreal and Boston traded home and homes last season. I think Boston lost their two home games first but still won the series.