by Tony on 05/22/09 at 05:07 PM ET
Apologize for the tardiness, had to watch the game after the fact late last night. Some random observations from last night, as we (and I mean WE) head dahn to Raleigh for Game 3:
- Reading some surprisingly confident, and some would call foolish, articles today in relation to this series. Hearing a lot of people saying “it’s over” and talks of a sweep. I’m reading previews of a Stanley Cup Finals rematch already. Bob Smizik’s column in today’s Pittsburgh PG read “Overrated Hurricanes are overmatched”. Am I missing something ?? Game One did end up at 3-2, right ?? Game Two was tied nearly 49 minutes into the game, correct ?? Did I miss some huge blocks of the first two games that would lead me to believe that the Penguins have dominated this series ?? OK, so if I haven’t, why would some have the cojones to spout that this series is over ?? That the Hurricanes are overrated and overmatched ?? Evgeni Malkin’s heroics last night seem to have made some people’s rose-colored glasses a lot more rosy. Let’s not forget that the Hurricanes have controlled play for significant portions of the first two games of this series. Let’s not forget Carolina is coming home to a raucous crowd for the next two games. The Canes win those two, and all of a sudden it’s 2-2, and we’re down to a best of three.
Hey, the Pens take Game Three on Saturday night, I’ll be there with you, ‘cause for all intensive purposes, it will be over then. But until that time comes, don’t underestimate this team.
- Well, the niceities are certainly out of the way now, huh ?? The sight of Miro Satan throwing haymakers was newsworthy in itself. But as you probably could have expected, the Canes gave a few questionable hits of their own in Game Two, particularly on Craig Adams and Evgeni Malkin. The scrum at the end did nothing in terms of “sending a message”. By the way, if someone wants to a scapegoat for Malkin’s brilliance last night, I nominate Chad Larose. Larose chose to piss Geno off midway through the game in a scrum that resulted in both players drawing roughing penalties. It was clear after that play that Malkin took things up a notch, putting it nicely. Appreciate it, Chad.
- Anyone seen Eric Staal ??
- Eleven goals scored in Game Two, but could any of them really be construed as “soft” ?? Marc-Andre Fleury left some juicy rebounds last night, to be sure. The only one that is even close, in my view, was Patrick Eaves’ goal to make it 4-4. As for Cam Ward, yes he gave up six goals, but most of them were pretty legit goals in my opinion.
- Looks like one of the keys to the series that I mentioned before the series started, that being the Pens forwards vs. the Canes defensemen, is starting to rear it’s ugly head. Ugly if you’re Carolina, that is. Defenseman Tim Gleason was a game-low -3 last night, while Joe Corvo was -2. Conversely, 4 of the 7 Penguins’ defensemen were a “+”, led by Mark Eaton at a +3.
- The Canes are almost exclusively running only three lines. Three Canes’ forwards (Staal, Whitney, Larose) had over 20 minutes of icetime, although as I mentioned earlier, their fourth goal was scored by fourth-liner Eaves, who only got 3:05 of icetime.
- Strange that in a game with 11 goals, none were on the powerplay. Both teams combined going 0-for-7 with the man advantage, including 45 seconds of a 4-on-3 powerplay by the Canes.
- Canes’ winger Ryan Bayda was fined $2,500 by the NHL for his match penalty stick to the mouth of Kris Letang last night. Whatever, non-issue.
Really looking forward to heading dahn to Raleigh for Game Three. If you see my son and I, say hello, my son will be the one in the Crosby jersey.
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