+ Eaton: He saved Orpik's ass over and over again tonight. It's never anything special, but he's consistent. That's all we ask. He is just covering #44's mistakes all night long. Almost like he has a mop and a bucket and Orpik is walking around with muddy shoes.
+ Morrow: He set the tone tonight. He's the only guy I see with true heart out there. His hit early on and his goal was sweet. Shades of his prime. Limit his minutes and that is what you will get.
+ Beau Bennett: Not a lot of time, but so noticeable with his intelligence and skill level. I almost want to find a way to keep him in the line up. I know it's going to be hard, but maybe work him in instead of TK. But at the same time, TK is playing great, too.
+ TK: As I said above, TK raised his level lately. A 4th line of Jussi centering Adams and TK is serious good depth.
+ Jussi: Faceoffs, hustle, smart plays, etc. This guy has quickly found some energy and is restarting his career in a good way. That's accountability. Really love his game. That guy as our 4th line center is quite amazing. We need his faceoff ability as we saw tonight.
- Iggy/Malkin combo: Yea they got a goal..yay. They are terrible together. Just two different players. Neal works with him because all he has to do is get his wicked fast release off. Iggy - is a perfect fit for Sid.
- Faceoffs: We saw it. It's an issue.
- Orpik: I don't even want to waste time on this. He's been terrible for almost 2 seasons now. I can't stand it.
- Defense: Bort/Engo are big guys but they have not been clearing house like we need. Orpik, too. Those guys need to be stellar out there. I was very disappointed with Bort/Engo in the d-zone. They are too big and tough to play the way they did.
- Fans whining about losing to Carolina: You should have watched this team outwork Boston and make the same stupid mistakes and let in stupid goals to lose, too. Good teams win those games, bad teams find a way to lose. But don't take away from their hustle. You guys should have watched last night's game.
- Geno's lazy game: He's just lazy right now. Not in form at all. I really don't like Geno's game. It will be the discussion point, I'm sure. I just really don't like how Geno is playing. Lots of crappy circles instead of starting/stopping. Not doing his thing.
the atlantic is ours.
If everyone is healthy, Beau needs to play. He adds so much to our lineup and can make any line better.
orpik was garbage.
I really hope when everyone is back the team can gel quickly.
Wow, it's not often I disagree with you on a lot of the plus minus.
+ Dupuis-his effort was incredible. Glad he got the EN.
+ Morrow-what a pick up, he just plays his heart out
+ Bennett-he makes those around him better.
+ Bortuzzo-didn't clear the crease on a goal, but the dude is huge-he plays with heart, he's gritty, and he has a long reach. Scored a huge goal. If we give Despres the benefit of being a young player than Bortuzzo gets this too.
- Eaton. He was slow and was abused for most of the game imo.
- Kunitz-way worse than Geno-it was constant. He made weak plays on the puck-was constantly out of position, never was ready to shoot.
- Niskanen-he can't be a top guy. Just doesn't have it, he's going to get abused in the playoffs if he can't handle this kind of pressure.
No + for Dupuis Cole? He was by far our best player tonight AINEC. His hustle is infectious like Errey said.
One player I want to give a minus to who hasn't been mentioned much lately is Chris Kunitz. He's looked lazy and disinterested out there ever since Sid went down. He's made some plays here and there but his game has not been anywhere near where it was. I expected his points to dip with Sid out but where is the hustle and the work ethic? I hope he's just pacing himself since the games mean little right now.
+Beau 'PLEASE DONT TAKE THIS GUY OUT OF THE LINEUP' Dangles. Go ahead and rewatch the shift where he scored. Just DRILLED a dude behind the net that set up the Glass shot, then the next time down the ice ties up the game. KEEP HIM IN PITTSBURGH PLEASE.
+Duper. Unbelievable how good he has become.
+Morrow. What a snipe! Laying the body, good overall game.
+TK. Playing his best hockey at the right time. Perfect for the 4th line come playoff time.
-Geno. Yea he scored but was otherwise atrocious. Whole line was off but this is the guy that needs to make it work.
-Defense. So many breakdowns, lucky Semin couldn't control that one pass.
Not the cleanest win, but I'll take the division title any time. It was nice to see 5 goals tonight. This team really needs the injured players back. Malkin just doesn't seem to have the same jump in his step like we saw when Crosby was out for so long.
I thought Geno looked fine tonight. He especially looked good in the 3rd, imo. Bort/Engelland was a disaster. D-zone faceoffs were a disaster. Glass and Adams seemed to be out there every other shift. Sloppy, sloppy game.