Rob Scuderi's quote on this game is getting a lot of play, as it should. Via [ the Trib]
Absolutely not,” Scuderi said. “If you're going to try and play hockey like the Harlem Globetrotters, you're going to get burned. We continue to make the same mistakes, go for the same highlight reel plays.
“That might look good on the highlight reels every now and then, but it's not a formula for winning."
There is a fine line between getting that jammed up about this game and not getting jammed up. No, the sky isn't falling, but are there some cracks showing? Take this into account: the Blues played in Edmonton on Wednesday and completely dominated the Oilers. Here’s the stat sheet from that night:
Here is the stat sheet from last night:
The Penguins are one of the best teams in the NHL. They are held to different standards. They are held to the same standards as the Blues, Blackhawks, and Ducks. And that is going to be the narrative to stand by until the playoffs. Every loss, the question is going to be, would that have happened to the Blues? Would Toews or Kane have taken a bad penalty to let a team back into the game? Would Bruce Boudreau have trusted second-rate players to kill a huge penalty in overtime?
Agree or disagree, the Penguins’ expectations are high, and when you lose to a bad team, the feelings are low. It just seems like a familiar theme that sometimes the Penguins go from total domination to total meltdown in mere minutes.
A chance for a rebound in Calgary later tonight.
RECAP of this one here: