Great game by the pens today. Looked very good defensively and theyre starting to cut down on the turnovers.
87's best game of the year.
Sutter looked good and Boychuck does have some skills we'll just have to wait and see.
I do agree with some of the arguments on the coaching decisions made by Blysma, but you gotta give him atleast 10+ games to say he doesn't deserve to coach them anymore.
He's been the coach for 3.5 years. He won a Cup, but a large part of that was still Therrien's team/system. He did a good job of coaching when Crosby and Malkin were both out, but other than that his teams have disappointed. Especially last year. You could even say the year that Crosby and Malkin were out was disappointing as well because they had a 3-1 lead in that series.
Everyone on here who has complained about Bylsma has a much larger sample size than 6 games.
I would say today's game was great and not just because of the result. They played great defensively (especially Martin who continues to play well). Despres looks better each game he plays and Bortuzzo looked better as well. They have been cutting down on the turnovers the last few games. The only real negative I saw was the SH goal. I've never liked 4 forwards on the PP. I've said it in years past, I said it when they had Neal on the point, and I said it before they moved Malkin there. You are playing with fire. Luckily it didn't cost them today. If they are going to keep Malkin back there, he needs to learn to not be so aggressive when he's the only man back. But still, he's never going to be as good as a defenseman in those situations.
I don't know what changed in Crosby from Thursday to today, but that is the real Crosby. Even when he wasn't putting points up, he was creating chances and winning the battles. We haven't seen any of that from him this year until today.
Boychuk looked decent. I think he earned another game on that line.
Plus the fact that considering the team has been getting knocked out in the 1st round of the playoffs lately, I think is cause for some concernThat's really the biggest thing. I don't think anybody was that concerned about starting the season 3-3, but they were concerned that the team was playing like they didn't learn anything from last year's meltdown. Even the games they won they looked sloppy, undisciplined, and not focused.