Podcast: What went wrong for Penguins vs. Islanders in Game 1?
It’s our weekly Sided.co hockey podcast with Pens Radio Network host Brian Metzer. He worked the postgame show Wednesday night on 105.9 the X after the Penguins lost 4-3 in overtime on Long Island in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Metzer and I picked it apart top-to-bottom.
Primarily, we focused on the many things that melted on Josh Bailey’s game-winner for the Isles. Then when analyze everything that went wrong with the Penguins blue line.
Also, what was Mike Sullivan thinking with some of his lineup decisions? It’s not second guessing if you guessed the opposite before the game. I sure did. I never would’ve played Olli Maatta instead of Jack Jonhson. And I never would’ve benched Teddy Blueger in favor of dressing Garrett Wilson now that Zach Aston-Reese is back.
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Metz didn’t like the Penguins’ offensive approach, battling the normally stingy Islanders. He tells us why. I agree.
On the plus side, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel were good. But Sidney Crosby wasn’t in top form. Neither was the penalty kill.
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