If the there is one lesson you can learn from the first two games of this series, it’s that what you do well in the regular season and what you don’t do well in the regular season will not suddenly change just because you are in the playoffs. At 5-on-5, the Pens are very good, as was evident throughout Game 1 and much of the second and third period tonight. But at 5-on-4, the Pens are brutal and have been all season. There is no reason to think that the power play won’t be the major cause of the Pens’ demise these playoffs, if and when that demise occurs. And even though the Pens finished with the #1 penalty kill in the league, they were also tops in the league at taking undisciplined, momentum killing penalties. So again, no surprise there.
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As Bob Errey said infinite times tonight, "Game 2 is big. You can't overstate how big Game 2's are." So what does that make Game 3?
Full recap coming tomorrow.