Posted: 4/23/2012 4:57:52 PM
I have been a pens fan since I was six, so I will chime in.
Had the Pens folded and lost this in four, I would have easily called it the worst series ever. The fact they put up a ten spot in game four and played well in five doesn't ease the disappointment I felt yesterday but at least it lets me know they showed some heart. I will say that I hope I never seen them act the way they did in Game 3 again.
No question to me, that Sid was not himself and there is no way he is 100% yet. He also needs some size/toughness on his wing, I agree with LRR's comment a guy like Roberts or Guerin in the past is what they need, a little grit. I must say the young defensemen Despres and Strait were impressive the last couple of games.
I struggle with Malkin for all his incredible talent, how he can take stupid penalties sometimes. He has so much talent, but just not the headspace I would like to see sometimes. I thought as the series went on Staal was our best player.
For Philly, Giroux was simply the best player in the series. A leader, in every sense of the word. Although Hartnell and Simmonds started off strong, they didn't seem to factor so much in the last two games, but Giroux, was just the best player hands down. I hated the fact that the Pens lost Talbot in the off season and that was proven again in this series. Just a real character guy. I though Jagr looked pretty solid also.
And to conclude, 93 losing to the Islanders, my most painful series loss. Back to back championships, looking for a third and Rich Pilon knocks out Stevens and we lose in overtime. Glenn Healey, plays so far over his head it isn't even funny and to add insult to injury, CBC makes him an announcer and everytime he criticizes a goaltender, I want to cringe.
Thanks for letting me vent. I tip my hat to the majority of the Flyers fans in here, you are a passionate bunch which is a good way to live life.