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Bruins/Penguins Game 4:  Stunned

Congratulations to the Bruins for their dominating performance.  I think I can speak for most Pens fans when I say that even the morning after I sit here in a bit of a daze.  Not in that the Penguins lost, the Bruins are a quality opponent and it was common knowledge that this was going to be a tough series.

But the common term I've read this morning that really hits the nail on the head is "stunned".

Please allow me to expound:

  • Stunned that the Penguins offense as a whole was so horrible.  As I wrote on Twitter last night, their offense was basically four games of perimeter shots.  Tuukka Rask, for all of the glory that is being lauded his way this morning, arguably didn't have to make hardly any difficult saves all series long.  But two goals in four games?  Virtually zero quality scoring opportunites?  Zero net-front presence?  A non-existent forecheck?  Perhaps the most stunning statement to make is that their most effective forward in this series was Matt Cooke.
  • Stunned that once again the "superstars", of course referring to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, were completely shut out for the entire series.  Kudos to the Bruins' defensively, no doubt.  But just as guilty are Meadowlark and Curly, constantly trying to stickhandle around the entire Bruins defense.  Malkin did everything but score.  Not just these two, but James Neal, Chris Kunitz, Jarome Iginla, Pascal Dupuis, etc., etc., etc.
  • Stunned that the Penguins vaunted powerplay went 0-for-15 in these four games.  And let's also mention Head Coach Dan Bylsma's failure to reinsert Iginla on the left point, which was extremely effective in the regular season.
  • Stunned, albeit to a lesser extent, that their #1 overall pick, their franchise goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury, is now relegated to trade bait.  Give Ray Shero credit, he saw this coming.  Tomas Vokoun was sensational, or else the Penguins would have been gone in round one by the Islanders.  Fleury was that awful.  Barring a trade, Vokoun should go into next season as the #1 goaltender.
  • Stunned that throughout all four games, trying to be objective as I can, that the Penguins got a grand total of zero bounces.  That's not a sore loser statement, I think it's quite accurate.  The Pens must have hit 10 posts in the four games.  And lets make sure to give the Bruins credit for capitalizing on those fortunate bounces, they did what they had to do.
  • And finally, stunned that the officiating sucked so bad.  The no-call against Jaromir Jagr for the game-winning goal in Game 3 was bad enough.  Last night was yet another example when Daniel Paille blatantly blind-sided Crosby while the Penguins were already on a power play.  I have to say, to be fair, that the penalty called on Lucic to give the Pens the man advantage was bullshit as well.  That said, the no-call against Paille was absolutely horrible.  Even former Bruin and noted anti-Penguins commentator Mike Milbury said as much in the first intermission.  Now you know it was bad.

Anyway, once again, congrats to the Bruins.  They clearly deserved the series win, best of luck in the Finals.

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Hootinani's avatar

I have to say, to be fair, that the penalty called on Lucic to give the Pens the man advantage was bullshit as well.

So was the BS tripping call on Marchand.  But there were Pens diving all over the ice last night trying to get the refs to call something.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/08/13 at 09:44 AM ET

Tony's avatar

I don’t disagree with that, but had they made the call on Paille it would have given the Pens a 5-on-3…..

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 06/08/13 at 09:57 AM ET


I think you have provided a fair analysis of what happened. I have to say it was one of the worst officiated playoff series I have seen.  It was a complete fiasco, from outrageous non calls changing to make up calls back to non calls. Total BS in my view.

Posted by timbits on 06/08/13 at 10:14 AM ET

Sneetch's avatar

Give credit where credit is due: the Pens stars faultered BECAUSE of the Bruins not in spite of them. The better team won plain and simple.

Posted by Sneetch on 06/08/13 at 10:15 AM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

Sneetch,  for the most part, I agree with you.  It could be said though, at least in game 3, that the Pens were the better team and Rask bailed out the Bruins.  Something was definitely wrong with the Pens though, and had they been at their best, this could have been a much more exciting series.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 06/08/13 at 10:38 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

They had a Neutralize Sid & Gino Defense & make the Other guys beat them & after Sid, Gino & Letang who was PUTRID most of
the playoffs they have no one who can make a play on their own

Posted by Evilpens on 06/08/13 at 09:09 PM ET

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