A few quick thoughts and links on the morning of Game 3.
- We started the morning asking each other whether we felt confident about the game tonight. We feel neither optimistic nor pessimistic. We have absolutely no idea what Penguins team will show up tonight.
- Rob Rossi has a 5-point plan for turning the series around. The first four points make sense. The fifth point -- that the Pens need to turn to Fleury -- is absurd:
Journeyman Tomas Vokoun was pulled from Game 2 after allowing three goals, but only because the Penguins needed a spark. He's 6-3 with a .929 save percentage and has done nothing to deserve a demotion.Funny, because all this time we thought the point was to actually win the game tonight.
Still, this moment calls for Marc-Andre Fleury.
He was the franchise goalie when the playoffs started. The Penguins need to find out if he's still up for that job. They can't if he is inserted into games only when they need a spark.
This series still can be won, and it has shifted to Boston, where Fleury is 5-1-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average and .946 save percentage over the past five seasons.
Now -- when the Pens are down 2-0 and heading on the road in the Eastern Conference Finals -- is the time to determine whether Fleury should be the Pens' goalie in the future?
If you think Fleury should start tonight because he gives the Pens the best chance to win the game, that's fine (though incorrect). If you think he should start tonight because the Pens need to find out if he's still capable of being the starter, then why not go skydiving with a parachute that hasn't opened properly since 2009 to see if it still works?
- Hilarious post from The Pensblog pointing out two directly contradictory quotes about the Bruins' forecheck by Kris Letang within a matter of days. In Letang's defense, maybe the Bruins have changed up their tactics. But if Letang is right about their most recent strategy -- "they just wait for us to make mistakes" -- isn't that the biggest indictment against the Pens of all? If the low response rate wouldn't embarrass us so much, we'd ask the poll question this morning: "Does Kris Letang realize he had a bad game in game 2?"
- Here's the One From the Heart video about the Kevin Stevens guarantee (5:18 mark). Does something that happened in 1991 have any relevance on this series? No. But it's still fun to watch.