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The Collabo Continues: Questions from Metz, Answers from JJ (Gm 5 Blowout, Roli, What’s Next & More)

Wow. Game five really raised some major question marks about the ultimate end result of the Penguins/Lightning series and sparked some interesting storylines moving forward, didn’t it?

Continuing our ongoing collaborative efforts throughout the series, I’ve checked in yet again to answer a series of questions from FromThePoint.com’s Brian Metzer.

Here’s a peek at the first Q&A from our latest showdown and a link over to FTP for the rest:

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BM: We have seen almost everything in this series… I guess it is high time that we got a blowout! The good part of the game is that the Lightning got contributions from a number of the players that we have been criticizing for not showing up. They got points from 13 different players, goals from five guys not named St. Louis and saw the first big contributions from Steven Stamkos and Pavel Kubina. Was this a good thing in your estimation or are you concerned that it was a bit too much of a good thing? It seems that sometimes you are looking at a situation where you only have so many in the hopper and the Penguins defense will certainly play better on Monday.

JJ: Honestly, my friend, at this point? I don’t even know how to answer this one. After an 8-2 decision, and what we’ve seen the rest of the series, what we see on Monday could literally be anything. Had I not seen the overeager, mistake-prone play the Bolts put forth in the first period of game three, and had I not seen the lax, sleepwalking Lightning of game four’s first period, I’d fully anticipate a jacked-up Bolts bunch ready to knot this thing up in game six.

All in all, I think that’s what they’ll aim to be, but this Lightning team has not yet shown an ability to master the emotional stability needed to perform at home in the playoffs.

I think game six’s first period will be absolutely crucial to how this series ends up…

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For the rest of our most recent exchange, including my updated prediction for the outcome of the series (sort of), head on over to FTP, where you can always find Metz’s great coverage of all things Pittsburgh Penguins…

In about an hour, I’ll post my latest series of questions for Metz and his insightful responses right here.

Until then, I do hope everyone has had an excellent Easter weekend and will close things out with a wonderful rest of the evening.

JJ
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