- Endicott's the best skater on the ice again
- Chiodo's blocking everything, whether he sees it or not
- I wouldn't might starting Whitney in the AHL next year. I know he's apparently the chosen one around here, but trust me, he'll be much better off. He'd get eaten alive with his passing in the neutral zone at even strength. IMO It's no fault of his, but rather playing in the NCAA with two-line passing; he still has that instinct.
- Koltsov gets under Philly's skin like crazy.
- Orpik's hipcheck late in the third was a thing of beauty.
- Tobler totally faked the "high stick" he took. The scrum was in front, he was inside the circle with no one around him.
- Surovy limped off midway through the third. Didn't catch what happened.
This wasn't a game we deserved to win. Philly dominated for a long while, but Andy stood tall.
Keep in mind that we are listening to Tom Grace for the most part, who isnt exactly known for his objectivity...
Yeah, but it's simple to tell when a guy is making mistakes. Grace overcalls Pens turnovers too, he's just overzealous about everything (which I don't mind). You can also tell this because Whitney has a good plus/minus, even though the vast majority of his points come from the power play. Bourque has also given Whitney rave reviews.
He's just playing very well. It's not Tom Grace hyping him up. Here's a quote I forgot to post from a very knowledgeable WBS fan that posts over at PP.com:
Whitney played super stand-up defense, either stopping the puck or the man from redline to blueline and back again, he looked so confident - like he'd been playing professional hockey for years, and he got the puck out of the zone quickly and accurately every time I saw him touch it. He absoltuely controlled the defensive side of the game tonight. I would like to see him get more shots from the point, because he's got a cannon!
After the Penguins' 3-0 victory in Game 3 on Saturday night Phantoms coach John Stevens blasted the referee, the Penguins players and Chiodo. Last night, he took aim at a few less obvious targets.
"This is a tough place to play," Stevens said. "They've got great fan support. They've even got the goal judge as a fan, turning the red light on when the puck doesn't go in. The guy working the clock is a fan because he starts the clock before the puck drops and leaves it running after the whistle. (Radio announcer) Tom Grace, my wife can't even listen to the game here, because he is such a fan that he can't call an objective game. She has to turn it off."
Wow...that's pretty classless. He needs to get over himself and realize that the Pens are just beating them. If he would quit whining and worry about winning, maybe his team could come back. I didn't see any Pens players or coaches crying when they were down 3-1.