Sunday, May 5, 2013

Game 3 Preview: 5 things we're looking for, including Brandon Sutter

By Finesse (follow me on Twitter)

We broke a promise and never followed up yesterday on the other Penguins who were terrible in Friday's game, leaving Marc-Andre Fleury as the sole recipient of our reactionary wrath.  Suffice it to say, everyone else played like crap, too.

To be fair, Fleury is not the only Penguin who put pucks in his own net.
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Here are 5 things we're looking for in Game 3.

1) Evidence that Brandon Sutter isn't mediocre

Tweets from sportswriters last July don't count.  It's the playoffs.  You have to make more than one decent play per game.

2) A normal playoff game

Can the Pens play (and win) a tightly fought game that ends 3-1 with an empty netter?  Or do we have to score over 4 goals and put the entirety of GTOG Nation into cardiac arrest during every playoff game?

3) Game 1 Kris Letang

Game 1 Kris Letang was the Kris Letang you happily pay $64 million until he's 35.  Game 2 Kris Letang is the Kris Letang you trade this offseason for a treasure-trove of assets.

4) Fleury to play well, regardless of his mood

Nice column from Dejan Kovacevic about which Fleury will show up today, the happy one or the angry one.  We'll take the one who makes saves. Whether he is laughing or crying.

5) Dan Bylsma coaching, but not over-coaching

According to Bylsma, a large part of the reason Bennett saw reduced ice time (only 7 minutes) in Game 2 was because the Pens were focused on the faceoff match-ups.  The strategy worked because the Pens won 61% of their draws.  But oh that's right, they were terrible in every other facet of the game.  Bennett is a rookie who will make mistakes at times.  He can also learn from them, if given the opportunity.

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