Game 2. Is It Going To Get Worse For The Pittsburgh Penguins?

Am I ever all glad I’m not a Pittsburgh Penguins fan. All the anticipation, all the confidence, and all the high expectations for Sidney Crosby, Marian Hossa, and Evgeny Malkin. Now, after two games, the Detroit Red Wings have won both games, both in shutouts, outscoring Pittsburgh 7-0 in the process. How much more dismal can it get for the Pittsburgh Penguins?       

Sidney Crosby has looked absolutely ordinary.

And Evgeny Malkin especially has so far been lousy at best, and it’s a bit of a flashback to another time. It took years for the Europeans to dispel the notion that they didn’t show up in the playoffs. Players came along like Pavel Bure, Sergei Fedorov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Nicklas Lidstrom, Alex Ovechkin, and Ilya Kovalchuk who showed grit and soul in the playoffs.

Now, the Penguins and Malkin are, for some strange reason, in some sort of deep sleep. They’re boring, lacklustre, and outplayed.

Who would’ve thought? The Montreal Canadiens would’ve given the Red Wings much more a run for their money.

And regarding the Detroit Red Wings, they have seven players on their team from Sweden, and the core of these, Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Lidstrom, Johna Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, and Tomas Holmstrom, are playing such a serious game of playoff hockey, that they’re all making Crosby, Malkin, Hossa and company look like the Ottawa Senators.


This Detroit team is impressive indeed. Pavel Datsyuk, from Russia, is a magician, and the video shown often the past year of him coming in on a shootout and doing this wonderfully beautiful move stands out as as smooth a goal you’ll ever see.

Such an anticipated series between two colourful teams with a load of stars. But so far, it’s been completely one-sided. Most of us thought this was going to be a sensational series. So far, it’s anything but.

Am I ever glad I’m not a Penguins fan.

One thought on “Game 2. Is It Going To Get Worse For The Pittsburgh Penguins?”

  1. DK

    Alas, I don’t have much time so I’ll have to be, hehe, less `verbose’.

    Yeah, I grumble but, hey, that’s one of the few things that I’m good at! Basically, what I said that was lost was that, re the Dalai Lama,I see him less as a religious/spiritual figure than a political construct, a symbol of the `eternal’ fight against oppression by Power Smurffs who are ubiquitous in all places at all times. Sigh, the belief in the perfection of man, in his potential to grow up not only physically but morally/ethically and emotionally receives a good pummeling each and every time it shows its dopey hopelessly idealisitic head. Not only are individuals complicit in these predicatable pounds (cf that penny-ante Smurff Glynn Dwyer) but countries as well. China could be the `poster child’ for the suppression of minorities category in this era’s poundings. Ha! What hypocrites we are blathering on about muliticulturalism, tolerance, human rights et al – LOL, what a bunch of self-serving bs and a clear proof of this two-facedness is how we cower abjectly before China’s economic power. Yeah, easy to go on but I think the point is obvious.

    Also, I had to point out to la P that a laptop IS a computer and how `good’ it is depends on what you use it for. In addition, SHE should be sending Me not only flowers (wild roses are `good’) but chocolates (Calibaut are `good’) as well as a trusty vehicle (a sporty but tuff little Ford Ranger would be `good’) and a laptop (a Toshiba would be `good’) – sigh, the younger generation has got their priorities topsy-turvy.

    The Pens must absolutely be better but I doubt very much that they will be able to even win one game, Detroit is that good – like men against boyz. The best players for the Wings are their best in all aspects of the game much like the Habs greats were. And yes, we should be there & yes we would doing better. The Euros are stepping up simply because in a kind of cultural osmosis the Cdn hockey ethic is finally being absorbed by this 3rd? gen of players.

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