There are a lot of guys in the NHL who can rush the puck into the offensive zone on a power play. And there are a lot of guys who can make tape-to-tape cross ice passes. And there are even a lot of guys who can catch those passes on their strong-side and bury it in one smooth motion.
But when your team has the three best guys at doing each of those things, you get this.
It's not the most beautiful goal of the season, but it is illustrative of what having a healthy Sidney Crosby can do. Look at the 4 Buffalo players in that clip. They're either mesmerized or paralyzed by Sid and he's not even in a scoring position. They know he's going to pass. Sid knows he's going to pass. Ryan Miller knows he's going to pass. Still, they can't do anything about it.
And that's what the other 7 Eastern Conference playoff teams are going to be thinking in two weeks. They could play their best hockey. They could get all-world goaltending. They could have a perfect game-plan. But there's a good chance it will all be for nothing because of one simple truth. They can't do anything about this.
More thoughts on the Pens and much more after the jump...
- This game is why we weren't that bothered by the back-to-back losses to the Islanders. Those Isles games had the feel of a Mystery, Alaska game. The Pens were the big bad Rangers. The Islanders were the pesky young kids who just lost their virginity. The Pens didn't want to be there and were only playing because someone told them they had to. They expected to win, but looked a little frustrated when the clearly overmatched opponent tried just a little too hard for what should have been an exhibition.
|"IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AN EXHIBITION!!!"|
In non-Penguins news...
- The Caps get their best player back tonight as Nick Backstrom returns from a concussion. We hope that they lose, of course, but this is good news.
- Pitt won the CBI tournament, the equivalent of hitting the Mega Match number last night and getting $2. It's easy to make fun of that tournament, but we'll leave that to someone else. Jamie Dixon did the right thing by accepting this invite and then coaching it as if it was the NCAA tournament. The fans clearly bailed on Pitt this year. Dixon didn't.
|This is what college basketball coaches should look like, and most of them do.|
- Jason Whitlock writes like Ron Cook if Ron Cook boasted about "speaking truth to power" (Ron Cook boasts about "dictating non sequiturs to his assistant") but this column about Kobe Bryant makes a lot of sense.
- Let's just start the playoffs already. Go Pens.