NHL Playoff Observations -- Pens on the Ropes

Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Repeat after me -- Jarome Iginla does not belong in black and gold. And that's not because I'm a Flames' fan. He has never fit into the Pens system and looks lost. That whistling sound you hear is the air coming out of his FA value.
  • Tomas Vokoun is awfully lucky that Milan Lucic didn't crush him on that net drive in OT. Lucic is 230 lbs of brick shit house and was hammering hard. 
  • Marc Andre Fleury will either be bought out or traded this offseason. Mark my words. He's done in Pittsburgh.
  • The Pens didn't lose because of Tomas Vokoun (despite the fact he was a little deep in net on the winner). Mind you, he might be just as likely to score a goal as any other player on his team. Two in three games? C'mon guys.
  • Hands up if you thought Slava Voynov would have a better season -- and postseason -- than Drew Doughty. Yah, me neither.
  • Back to Krejci. Keeper leaguers should use this performance to leverage a trade. You might just find someone who figures his postseason performance foreshadows a 2013-14 breakout. It won't, but they don't need to know that. 
  • Sacrifice. That's what Gregory Campbell did when offered his body to block that shot. You have to wonder what he broke or dislocated absorbing that force.
  • Can the Hawks win a road game this series? Probably. But what's the probability of the Kings doing the same? Oh boy.


By: Janet Eagleson
On: 6/6/2013 7:44:00 AM
Gregory Campbell has been dignosed with a broken leg. As Don Cherry would say, he's a good Canadian boy. But man, that's a tough loss for the Bruins -- he's one of their very best penalty killers.
By: mikeinlalaland
On: 6/6/2013 11:38:00 AM
Krejci. I guess it's easy for me as a B's fan to say, especially with the team up 3-0, but while Sidney -- as great as he is, has been and will be -- has disappeared at times, Krejci has been both dominant and poised on offense, while holding up his end of the bargain defensively. The loss of Campbell is a big hit to the B's PK, plus it wrecks their highly effective Merlot line. Kaspars Daugavins, Carl Soderberg, and Jay Pandolfo are the candidates to replace him. The safe play is Pandolfo, but he has zero upside on offense, while Soderberg is the upside play. Daugavins slots somewhere in between. I'd personally would like to see Soderberg get a chance to center the third line, with Kelly moving down to center the fourth line.
By: jtopper
On: 6/10/2013 8:24:00 PM
Bylsma had Iginla on the left wing instead of the right. Silly. Deryk Engelland pushed Lucic into and over Vokoun on that check. Just a hellacious check on the 230 pounder. Two goals in four games for a team averaging 4.27 goals per game just is unfathomable. Thanks for your notes, Janet.

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