Game 3 Is Do or Die
Even though, hypothetically, this is a best of seven series, tonight's game against the Boston Bruins is "do or die." The reason I say this is because the Penguins have been manhandled in the last two game by stifling defense. Surprisingly, the Penguins have registered more shots on goal (58-57) than the Bruins; however, most of these shots were done in desperation and/or at bad angles. The kryptonite of the Penguins has been puck giveaways. The Penguins have given away the puck 20 times to the Bruins 3 times. Puck mismanagement almost also leads to bad losses. This mismanagement has lead to the Penguins being outscored 9-1 in the first two games. This is ironic for a team who boasts that it is the top scoring threat in the NHL.
BRUINS 3 PENGUINS 0
BRUINS 6 PENGUINS 1
The Penguins need to calm down. The leadership of Crosby, Kunitz, and Malkin need to step up and lead by example. In addition, we need to get this goalie situation under control. I would usually suggest to go with the "hot hand" (see my previous article on thepittsburghpenguins.com); however, neither goalie has been exceptionally "hot." I would not be surprised is Balysma goes with Tomas Vokoun. Both goaltenders could learn a thing or two from Boston's Tuukka Rask. Rask, Finnish goalie, has been very steady and very aware of the puck. Fleury and Vokoun look like high school goaltenders. Essentially, they are playing not to lose and making stupid, bone-headed decisions. At the rate our goalies have played, perhaps Balysma could start are newest goalie, Eric Hartzell.
The Penguins with the acquisitions of: Jussi Jokinen, Steve MacIntyre, Brenden Morrow, Douglas Murray, and Jarome Iginla had high hopes for a 2013 Stanley Cup. If the Penguins lose tonight, they hope will come to a screeching halt.