April 14, 2012
2012 NHL Playoffs: Pittsburgh Penguins Need to Make Serious Adjustments
Through the first two games of the Penguins-Flyers series, it is painfully obvious to any Pittsburgh fan that Philadelphia has straight-up been the better team.
They have been more aggressive, with better fore-checking, better backline play, and, for when it mattered, better goaltending.
The Flyers are one of a handful of teams that can play at Pittsburgh’s pace. The Penguins love to fly up and down the ice, shoot a ton and attempt to light the lamp as much as possible.
That is how this team has been built over the past few years. It is exciting and has shown that this style can win a Cup.
There is only one problem with that now: The Flyers can play like that too.
So, what does Dan Bylsma and the Pens do? Do they change how they play, at least for this series?
Pat Riley once told his “Showtime” Lakers squad that was getting housed by a younger Atlanta Hawks squad that sometimes people can do what you do better.
While I do not disagree with that assessment, is it still possible to change your style for one night or one series?
To that question, I firmly believe that is possible and, in the case of the Penguins, it has to happen. They need to continue to shot and aggressively attack the net. But with that said they need to pick their spots and tighten up on the back lines.
The past two games of this series, if you include the April Fools’ Day game, the Penguins have jumped out ahead of the Flyers in 3 of the last 4 games, only to lose. They get sloppy with the puck and turn it over which is leading to break outs and goals for Philly. This has to change or this series will be over in four games.
Also, Marc-Andre Fleury needs to return to his 2008-09 form, when he helped the Pens win the Stanley Cup. He has been horrible this series and it is really not shocking. He did not play up to his ability down the stretch of the regular season.
Bylsma does not need a change between the pipes for the start of Game 3, but if Fleury continues to struggle, a change just might be needed.
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