Earlier, I posted No penguins till Saturday?
Well, Saturday came and went, and . . .
Tuukka Rask turned away 29 shots on goal and blanked the Penguins in the opener of the Eastern Finals. The Penguins hit the post six times, but not one found its way in. It was a combination of bad bounces, and Rask playing out of his mind that earned the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the series.
We need some of whatever he’s smoking!
Having a week off apparently didn’t help the Penguins. The timing was just a bit off, and whether that was just dumb luck or the lengthy down time off remains to be seen.
Game two will commence Monday in Pittsburgh.
Crosby lost the jaw protector. Seriously? Why take the chance? Didn’t improve his play. Put it back on.
Now is not the time to panic. They just have to get back to their game and match the physicality of the Bruins. Fights aside, I think they did match intensity and toughness last night, but just couldn’t make the shots when they had the opportunities.
Pittsburgh has not been behind in any play-off series this year so far. It will be interesting to see how this team faces some mild adversity. They also have not lost two consecutive games in the play-offs yet. I look for the Pens to come out on fire and even the series tomorrow night.