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ECF Game 2: Penguins Do the Same Thing Twice and Still Get the Same Result


Well...that sucked.

It has been intuitively obvious to even the most casual hockey fan that the Penguins are being completely owned by the Bruins. It hasn't even been close. the Bruins aren't the Penguin's kryptonite; they defeated Boston three times in the regular season. Each regular season victory happened because the Crosby & Company played Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, or in other words: playing to their strengths. Seemed like a fool proof plan. Then the playoffs rolled around.

In Game One, the Pens came out physical. Yes, it was entertaining. But they got away from the style of play that brought them this far. Pittsburgh played its best when it put the pedal to the metal and did not lay off (See Round 2, Games 4 & 5). Granted, Boston is better defensively than Ottawa, but if it ain't broke don't fix it. After Game One, it should have been clear that Dan Bylsma needed to lead his boys back to the playing like the offensive juggernaut that brought them thus far. Yet, his actions suggest he believes otherwise. By sitting Mark Eaton and Tyler Kennedy for Joe Vitale and Deryk Engelland, its seems that Byslma feels the Penguins need to be MORE physical, DESPITE leading the Bruins hits the previous game and knowing the Penguins primary problem was scoring. IF you weren't happy with the play of Kennedy, replace him with Beau Bennett, someone who has scored in these playoffs. What was the motivation for the Engelland switch? Was Bylsma looking to FURTHER out-physical the Bruins? Now, I know the Eaton took a puck to the face, and with it easier to obtain the USA's nuclear launch codes than a NHL Injury Report, for all we know Eaton has an "upper-body injury." But I still fail to see why Engelland makes more sense than Simon Després. Engalland just brings more physicality to a Penguins team that needs more scoring.

Now, this is no knock on Bylsma. The reason the Penguins won Lord Stanley's Cup in 2009 was because he let Crosby and Malkin play like the superstars that they are. But, as even this website pointed out, the Penguins cannot out Bruin the Bruins. After Game One, we all said "Don't worry, things will get better." After watching Game 2, color me concerned.

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