Pens' bad days
Prior to their playoff series against the Bruins, the Penguins provided some of the best hockey entertainment possible. General Manager Ray Shero acquired both talent and experience and those choices provided first-place Eastern Conference standing for the regular season and playoffs. With the loss to the Bruins in four straight games, the media and individuals, in print and on the air, called for changes in players as well as the coach. Memories are short and criticism is easy.
The Bruins were not the better team. They played better. Could anyone have predicted that Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin would not have scored in every game? Based on the critiques, would anyone have suggested that either of the two best players on ice be let go? Rather than mass trades, Pens management should analyze what happened versus the Bruins and adjust personnel if that is what they determine caused the losses. The Pens' first-place regular-season finish did not happen by chance or luck.
Regardless of desire or talent, we all have a bad day, no matter how hard we try. The games against the Bruins were the Pens' bad days.
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