No lie. This is exactly what the posters here when Shero signed Martin and Michalek were talking about. Just sickening hockey being played by that top 4.
I can't remember the last time we had a defense that had a calming effect on the entire team. I'm so happy with this defense right now. Only thing we're missing is what I'm sort of asking for in free agency. A vet #5 defenseman. Maybe a Hal Gill?
I'm thinking maybe he should go for another $3-4 million guy to replace Niskanen. Other than finish (which will get 100 goals better with health) the bottom pair was the only iffy part of the team today.
+ The first 30 minutes were perfect playoff hockey.
+ The top 4
+ Asham, love this guy
+ Dupuis, the guy is awesome in a third line role. Seriously, I love him there. If we go with Neal - Crosby - Malkin, Kunitz - Staal - Kennedy, I wouldn't mind keeping him to play with Cooke and whoever will be centering the third line.
+ Martin St-Louis is a freakin' god. He is the heart and soul of the TBL. I would LOVE to have him on the Pens.
+James Neal. Hopefully the game winner opens the flood gates for him.
+Letang/Orpik/Martin/Michalek. So friggin' good. These guys are making it near impossible for Tampa's big guns to generate anything, let alone score some points.
+Fleury. He didn't need to be as outstanding as in Game 1, but he was very solid tonight. Can't fault him on either goal.
+Rupp/Adams/Asham. These guys, especially Asham, are proving their worth in this series. They literally have been the difference with the offense they're producing.
+Asham. I'm also going to give him his own plus. The dude has 3 goals in 4 games! This is the Asham I was expecting we'd see this season, when Shero made the signing.
-I hate to do it after a win, but that Lovejoy/Niskanen pairing was terrible tonight. I believe they were on the ice for both TBay goals, and seemed to be on the ice the only times the team actually ran around a bit.