Pittsburgh Penguins: 2nd Round Mid-Series Update
The Penguins are down 2 - 1 in their Conference Semi-Finals series against the Washington Capitals. This series has had a similiar twist to their first series against the Philadelphia Flyers with the exception that the situation is reversed. The Penguins have been out playing and out shooting the Capitals in every game so far and yet the Capitals still started off with a 2-0 start. In the Pens previous series, Philadelphia had been the one out shooting and out playing the Penguins, but the Pens still ended up winning the series in 6 games.
Tonight, the Pens will host the Capitals for Game 4. 24 hours later game 5 will be played in Washington. This is going to be an interesting test for both of these teams as it isn’t often in which playoff games are played back-to-back. In my opinion, the Penguins MUST win this game tonight. I believe that game 4 is just as important as getting that first win in the game 3. If the Pens can win, then they will have tied up the series and brought momentum to the Pens as they head back to Washington.
I am curious on how Varlamov will withstand the exhaustion factor. He is still young and inexperienced (even though hasn’t shown that so far) but one of the biggest digs on this kid was his conditioning. I am curious to see how he will handle the back-to-back games and with the amount of shots being sent his way by the Pens, he has to be getting tired. Regardless, he has impressed me so far with his performance. I just hope the Pens can get by him.
Evgeni Malkin finally made his presence known with a goal in game 3. He had been getting a lot of grief from fans and analysts alike because he had a “disappearing act” similar to last years Stanely Cup Finals. However, he has been playing well for all three games just not putting any shots in the net. I will be interested to see if he can carry the momentum from game 3 into tonight’s game. It was nice to see other players scoring some goals (Fedotenko, Letang, and Malkin) rather than just Sidney Crosby.
It’s time to see what the Pens are made of…
Let’s go Pens!