Sadly (while we all love his goal scoring), he will fall back to earth. No one can sustain a 28% shooting %. For the love of god, he's shooting at 50% in March. I will be happy just with the goals he already has. He is very hot now though. Just don't beat him up when he can't score on half of his shots in April.
Its not like he takes a ton of shots each game; he's not a sniper. A lot of his goals are one timers that the goalie has to go across the crease for or dirty goals in the paint where he essentially just redirects it into the net.
Totally off topic but, this is the most current Rossi tweet: "Rob Rossi @RobRossi_Trib
#TribHKY That said, I stand by statement that these 2 games this week are unlikely to provide indicator of a playoff result. "
+ Beau Bennett - there was a play where the B's where about to get the puck out of the zone on the wall and BB didn't pinch on the guy but held back and intercepted his pass to create a scoring opportunity. I almost yelled for him to hit the guy and then he made the play.
- I really want Despres to be more of a fixture in the lineup. (Just my little hangup).
Bennett really does improve a little bit every game. It's amazing how complete his game is too. I never would have guessed that he would be as physical as he has been or that he would be so consistent as a back checker. He's a smart player and it shows.
+ Clode Impossible not to like that guy. He's nowhere near as hate-worthy as guys like Lavs or Torts. He's funny even when he's complaining most of the time. Prototypical hockey coach.
- Dupuis single-handedly out hit both teams. Was expecting some slangin' and bangin' tonight. Most tame Bruins - Pens game ever. I expect Sunday will be different.
--- Kennedy you ****ing suck. How are you so dumb to not even realize that if you're going to take that crap shot from that same crap angle every time, shoot it LOW so you get a ****ing rebound going, dude. Maybe someone charging down center ice will get a shot at a put-back. Basic hockey. Every time... same spot, two feet off the ice, right into the goalie's chest. Even did it from the left side once tonight wide-open. It's time to get Skippy the Wonder-pig off this roster. I'd rather have $2M worth of real bacon distributed at the next College rush night.
Missed the third as I had to get to work. What an awesome comeback! Grand! Spunk! Sutter Clutch!
Doubt we'd sit on them so much if they weren't on their second leg of a back to back, but the ice was tilted for all the game seemingly, outside the first 10 minutes or so. We did virtually everything right 5 on 5 in what I saw, just short of a little finish/skill what with Malkin out.
Should be another major confidence booster.
Still, for the few drops of malice...
1: Everything about our defensive zone frailties and PK weakness still stand.
2: Letang has the same PP issues we've discussed at length.
3: I absolutely hate that we keep scratching Despres. We know what Eaton brings, he is supposed to be cover, not someone blocking the way of a superior young player at a time where we need to get him battle ready. This is not hating on Eaton.... he has been much better than I had hoped. But there has to be a big picture there somewhere.
4: I think I am starting to hate Tanner Glass.