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Penguins Blew It!

Posted by Scott Holstad on May 14, 2014

So my Pittsburgh Penguins cemented their monumental meltdown last night by losing to the New York Rangers 2-1, thereby losing the series 4-3. A week ago, they were up 3-1 and poised to go on to the conference finals once again, but they just lost it and scored only three goals in their final three games. New York really outplayed them and out energized them the whole way and it’s incredibly frustrating and disappointing to see this happen — again. The Pens had a marvelous regular season and finished with a great record, like they have every year since at least 2008 when they went to the Stanley Cup, winning it in 2009. However, since then, they’ve blown it in the playoffs, losing to lower seeded teams each of the past four years. This was also the second time in four years they’ve blown a 3-1 series lead. That’s totally inexcusable. The last two years, a primary culprit for playoff losses was our once sterling goalie, Marc-Andre Fleury. But he had two shutouts in this series and had a decent playoffs, I think. The person I’m most pissed at is captain Sidney Crosby, widely considered to be the best player in the world and who will likely win the MVP of the league award. He’s always superb in the regular season, but got shut out by Boston in last year’s playoffs and scored only one goal in 13 playoff games this year. That indicates to me that he’s not a money player, that he can’t be counted on to be a clutch player at crunch time and that’s bitterly disappointing. The other former MVP on the team, Evgeni Malkin, had a decent playoffs with, I think, five goals, but he really wasn’t overly effective either when he needed to be. They both let the team down. Everyone says the coach is going to be fired. Here’s what I think needs to be done. The team has shown it’s got plenty of All Stars and lots of talent, but underachieves in the  playoffs every year. So tear the damn team apart and start over! Fire the coach and bring in someone who can get these guys to play their best when it counts. Here’s the big one — trade Crosby! That’s right, I said it. Do the unthinkable and give away the face of the franchise. Trade him for a top line goalie who will win us games like Boston’s Tuka Rask or the Ranger’s goalie, Lundquist. Trade him to the LA Kings for Jonathan Quick, who was America’s Olympics top goalie and he may be the best in the league. I’m sure the Kings would love to have a player like Crosby — who wouldn’t? He scores 100 points every year. Trade him and get Quick, a scoring center, and a number one draft pick. Then trade Fleury for another top line scorer and a good defenseman, maybe one who has a temper and is big enough to beat people up. Our top penalty man was Tanner Glass this year and he only had 83 penalty minutes. That’s embarrassing. Back in the 1970s, people got like 300 penalty minutes. That’s when men were men. Also, trade James Neal. He’s a former 40 goals scorer, an All Star, but he’s been worthless in the playoffs and just gets stupid penalties that hurt the team. He’s overrated. Trade him even up for another high scoring forward who can score in the playoffs when it counts. I’d also think about unloading Kris Letang. I know the Pens signed him to a five year, $56 million contract last year when he was a finalist for the Norris trophy, but his game really slipped this year and I think he lost us some games. Besides, we have at least four defensemen who are better than him defensively, which is what we need. There were many times during the playoffs when our defense wasn’t good enough. Bring in more high quality defenders, please. But I think the top priority has to be a Stanley Cup-caliber goalie. Get him, get proven playoff scorers, and take us back to the Cup. Please, Pens, do something. You’re going nowhere fast.

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Penguins score 3 goals in span of 2:13, stun Blue Jackets

Posted by Scott Holstad on April 22, 2014

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets – Recap – April 21, 2014 – ESPN.

Great come from behind win last night. We’re up 2-1 in the series now. We came from down 3-1 in the third to win 4-3. In each of their wins, each team has come from down 3-1 to win 4-3. Isn’t that weird? Go Pens!

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Sidney Crosby, Penguins stay hot, batter Rangers

Posted by Scott Holstad on January 4, 2014

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Recap – January 03, 2014 – ESPN.

We’re having a sweet season! Way to go Pens. I want another Stanley Cup so badly. It’s amazing we’ve been able to acquire the record we have with so many injuries we’ve had. Keep it up, Pens!!!

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Penguins have to get rid of Fleury

Posted by Scott Holstad on May 13, 2013

What We Learned: Pittsburgh Penguins have to get rid of Marc-Andre Fleury | Puck Daddy – Yahoo! Sports.

This is sad. I’ve loved Fleury for years and he does have excellent regular season stats. But he melts down in the postseason, as we’ve seen the past two years. It’s a pity. I might have to take his jersey off my Amazon Wish List….

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New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by Scott Holstad on May 2, 2013

New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Recap – May 01, 2013 – ESPN.

Way to go Pens! Great game. Let’s have three more just like it to move on to the second round as we go toward the Stanley Cup. We HAVE to win! Anything less will be a bitter disappointment. We’re the best team in the league. I’m so proud of Marc-Andre Fleury‘s shutout, especially after his disastrous outing in last year’s playoffs. I mean, he’s won the Stanley Cup for us, he can do it again. Great game from Pascal Dupuis too. Go Pens!

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