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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Folks, We Need to Prepare for Life After the Season Ends by @SpinMeWrite

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Let's be honest. Monday night was our Game 7.

Monday night we placed all our hopes and dream on the Pens sending the Capitals to the golf courses for the Conference Finals. We were going to drink and be merry and create Alex Ovechkin Crying Jordan memes as far as the eye could see.

Instead we witnessed the Pens' worst playoff game in the shining Sullivan era. The batteries are dying on this machine. The team looked slow throughout the lineup. They couldn't generate any offense, which happens when you can't maintain puck possession in the neutral zone. Or the Caps' zone. Or at their own end. The Pens stuck to a strict dump-and-chase approach for most of the 60 minutes that predictably scored them no goals. Until the last three minutes when no one was watching.

Was that game really only 60 minutes? It felt much longer.

I can't name one Penguin who played well Monday night. The team is hobbling and out of gas. The Caps are beating us up, figuratively and literally.

So back to Washington we go for Game 7. We have another chance. Big deal. It's hard to feel confident after Game 6.

This is my favorite "Whoop-de-freaking-do!" GIF and I will never stop using it as often as I can.

Maybe we should start thinking about who the Pens are going to protect in the expansion draft. What happens to Fleury now? Or Murray, for that matter? Fleury's play this postseason has made that a valid question.

What about Justin Schultz? Are the Pens going to give him the big contract he rightly deserves? I can learn to live with the Pens season being over but I'll be damned if I'm going to lose the peanut butter and jelly pairing of the defense corps.

Or we can start analyzing the lackluster upcoming draft. Which will in no way be as exciting as the lottery was. I can't believe I just typed that.

I guess there are things to look forward to about Wednesday night. The whole team was fed up after Monday's game. Cullen sounded pissed and exasperated. But it's encouraging when their attitudes are more resilient than defeatist.

"We know we have a good team, good goalie," Malkin said. "If we play how we want, 100 percent, we can win. We’ve won three games before. It’s just one more game.”

And they're willing to try anything. Lines were shuffled at Tuesday morning's practice and it looks like Carter Rowney may be starting in Tom Kuhnhackl's place. Malkin was centering Kunitz and Kessel, a combination I think best suits all three. But Sullivan is keeping all his options open. Don' t be surprised if he goes with six skaters and Fleury is one of them.

I guess the Pens are 3-0 in Game 7s against Washington. Think 2009. That was a pretty special year. and 1992. If you were alive. Ask your mom or dad about it.

Oh, Pens hockey! I can't quit you! I'll be on your side no matter how the game goes. Wednesday night I'll be watching with a clenched butt and an oxygen mask. A wise ginger once said, "I'm never gonna give you up. Never gonna let you down. Never gonna run around and desert you. Never gonna make you cry. Never gonna say goodbye. Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you."

Return the favor, Penguins. Be my Rick Astley.

1 comment:

  1. What an insightful, thoughtful, yet humorous commentary. I really enjoyed it and will definitely look out for more from this writer in the future. Well done, Ms. Miller! #playoffbeard #realfan #Rangerssuck


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