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The Pittsburgh Penguins Are Good

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins positively punked the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-1, on Thursday night — and it wasn’t because the Lightning were banged up, disinterested or mired in a funk.

It was because the Penguins were really good.

Strike that. The Penguins are really good.

Does that mean they’ll make a long playoff run? Not necessarily. The Eastern Conference is so deep that several really good teams will lose early. The point is that the Penguins have proven themselves capable of running the gauntlet. They have proven to be a team worth adding to at the deadline.

The Lightning had won five in a row and were 12-3-1 in their previous 16. They’d only lost twice at home in regulation since Nov. 20 and hadn’t lost one such game since Jan. 8. They’re deep, talented and plenty physical — and you know the Penguins had their attention because any team that shows up with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin has your attention, and because of that 6-2 drubbing in the season opener (from which Crosby and Malkin were absent).

Yet it was the Penguins who charged from the tunnel with jet packs on their backs.

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TreKronor's avatar

The Eastern Conference is so deep that several really good teams will lose early.

That’s just a silly thing to say.  The eight teams that will make the playoffs from the EC have already been identified, and it’s March 4.  It’s been that way for a few weeks now, too. 

But, saying this is a great way to ease the pain in two months.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/04/22 at 01:23 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

What I have noticed is the constant use of “It’s fun to watch” by any announcers.
Makes me wonder if that’s in the leagues game prep notes. Official slogan? Subliminal que for the fans that might be thinking of switching off the game?

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 03/04/22 at 02:42 PM ET

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Probably the best game Pittsburgh has played (and by far) all year. Outshot 3 to 1 in the first, Pitt carried the play and Tampa couldn’t get into synch. Cooper gets thrown out of the game at the end of the second arguing a penalty, and Tampa goes home with tail between legs.

Result: I expect a very highly motivated and angry Tampa team to give the Wings fits tonight.

Would be shocked if the Wings can pull off a win here.

Posted by exor54 on 03/04/22 at 06:46 PM ET

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For clarity—Pitt was outshooting Tampa

Posted by exor54 on 03/04/22 at 06:47 PM ET

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Posted by TreKronor on 03/04/22 at 12:23 PM ET

I think he’s trying to say that the *playoff* teams in the East are deep, as in even the #7 & #8 seeds are going to be pretty good teams

Posted by EthrDemon on 03/04/22 at 08:09 PM ET

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