Tonight Is The Night: Penguins Must Win
Remember when the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011? David Krejci led the league with 12 goals and 23 points in 25 playoff games. He’s done even better this time around and in a year where Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Kane, and Patrick Sharp are among the players still active, Krejci is leading the pack with 20 points in 14 contests. And Yes, I am saying that Krejci has become a hero among men in Boston.
“You know what? It’s nice,” Krejci told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I want to say it’s nice, but I don’t really look at it that much. In the playoffs, it can change the next day. So I just try to stay at the same level at all times.”
Fair enough, but Krejci does seem like he can find an extra level when his team needs him the most. Over the past four campaigns, he’s never recorded more than 62 points in a single regular season, but he ranks second behind only Mike Richards in playoff points since 2010. Krejci has 25 goals and 54 points in 55 postseason games over that span.
The Penguins will be in Boston tonight for the pivotal Game 3 and this has to become the must win for the Penguins. Yes, Krejci is the man that the Penguins have got to find a way to stop in their defensive zone. The Penguins haven’t stumbled much on the weak side of goaltending through out the years, until now! Among weakened play from goaltending there are layers of mental downfall and lack of offensive mojo from the Penguins.
After suffering a 6-1 loss on Monday, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma talked about the Penguins’ need to adjust their attitude. Although he didn’t go into detail, that likely speaks to competitiveness and patience, but also not getting scared or frustrated.
“Maybe after that first game, we played Game 2 scared to lose instead of trying to win it,” Pittsburgh forward Brenden Morrow told the McKeesport Daily News. “We were slow to pucks all night, and that’s why. We were doing too much thinking. We can’t do that again.” The Penguins have to get on their game track and play their game in this Game 3 or the Bruins will be roasting waterfowl at the end of the weekend.
Sidney Crosby has got to play smart hockey and get back to his game and quit chatting with Chara and going after Rask like he had in Game 1 and 2 because the rest of the team follows his lead and they fell apart. This is the Penguins warning to get their act together or they could be joining everyone else on the golf course by the end of this weekend.