Penguins Insider: Morrow finding another level against Ottawa
Left wing Brenden Morrow, acquired in March to give the Penguins a postseason boost, was not effective against the New York Islanders in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
He knows it, and he intends to make a difference against Ottawa — and beyond.
Morrow started the second round in better fashion, recording an assist on defenseman Paul Martin's power-play goal.
“Looking back at that series against the Islanders,” Morrow said, “I'll be honest, I'm not too happy with how I played. I was a minus-3. I know I need to be better than that, and I know I can play better than that. I'm not satisfied right now.”
Speed isn't Morrow's finest attribute, and he struggled against the high-flying Islanders.
Ottawa, however, doesn't deploy the speed game that helped the Islanders give the Penguins fits.
Morrow was more effective in Game 1, setting a screen in front of goaltender Craig Anderson that led to Martin's goal. This was an example of what Morrow can bring to the Penguins.
He isn't likely to score many pretty goals on the rush, nor will he dazzle with skill.
But Morrow does the dirty work well, is no stranger to scoring big playoff goals — he has three career playoff overtime tallies to his credit — and provides plenty of physicality.
Morrow has delivered 22 hits in seven postseason games this spring.
“I feel like I was being physical in the Islanders series even if there were some things I wasn't doing as well as I would have liked,” he said. “That's a part of my game that I make sure is always there.”
Morrow temporarily was removed from the third line in Game 6 against the Islanders and saw shifts in Game 1 against Ottawa on the fourth line with center Joe Vitale and right wing Craig Adams.
Surely the Penguins did not believe they were acquiring a fourth-line player in March.
Morrow, likewise, doesn't intend on remaining on the fourth line. Regardless of which line he finds himself on, Morrow believes he will prove his worth in the playoffs.
“I think there is another level, another gear for this team,” he said. “And I think there is another level for me to find, too.”