Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/04/13 at 08:41 AM ET
from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Crosby has been lousy. It's hard to say he ever has played this poorly in consecutive games. It's not just that he failed to get a point in either game. He lost his cool at the end of the second period in Game 1, going out of his way to harass Rask and then comically jawing with Boston giant Zdeno Chara, who could have squeezed his head off if he had so desired. If Crosby's plan was to inspire his teammates, who trailed, 1-0, at the time, he failed miserably. The Bruins dominated the third period....
Letang did his part to make sure of that. He is incredibly good most of the time, but he has moments that are wickedly bad. One led to Boston's second goal when he tried to clear the puck from behind his net up the center of the ice. Bruins defender Torey Krug intercepted his pass and teammate Nathan Horton turned it into a rebound goal and a 2-0 lead, which quickly became 3-0 when Krejci was left alone for an easy tap-in goal that sent Vokoun to the bench for Marc-Andre Fleury. Letang was on the ice, doing nothing in particular, for that goal as well. He finished a minus-3....
Malkin didn't have any such egregious mistakes, unlike in Game 1 when he foolishly, thoughtlessly and selfishly got into a fight with the Bruins' Patrice Bergeron at the end of the second period when the Penguins were on the power play. But he failed to get a point for the second consecutive game and for the fourth time in the past five playoff games. He had a nice scoring chance when the game was 1-0 but shot the puck right into Rask after cruising down the high slot.
Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean of Sportsnet did a good job of breaking down game 2, you can watch it below.
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