Which is ok for fans to think. But if the team itself develops that attitude they'll be down 3-0 before they even realize it. Not really a lot of playoff experience on these Pens, is there (that's actually playing)? Gonchar? Nope. Hossa? Nope. Crosby? Nope. Malkin? Nope.
Great team, but many teams need to get that taste in the finals before winning. Maybe not this year. I'm looking forward to a great, great series.
I dunno, Pittsburgh's being consistantly ranked the underdog, and they're not winning by large margins... They have a system that's working, they have defense that NOBODY is even looking at until the Eastern finals came about, and they've got physical presence that's flown under the radar.
Don't mistake my post, the Penguins are going to be rated the underdogs again, and rightfully so considering the Wings were tops in the league and we didn't even cut tops in the East, but I think people underestimate the Penguins, and I think the Penguins know people underestimate them, and they like it that way. Call it a Pittsburgh thing maybe, but it works with the Steelers when everything seems to be against them too. So far the Penguins, or so they say post-game, like to take it one game at a time, they like to play their style, and try not to get ahead of themselves.
I think in game 4 Thursday they were starting to do that and they came out not as desperate in the first, but they still turned it around and made it a game, they just did it a period too late. They did it against a pretty good team overall though in Philly and I think that's been good.
For experience, there's a couple guys there with it and they get the nods for their experience. Roberts play is off/on, so he's been a factor. I don't know the cup-winners total on the team though, so that level of experience I'm not so sure, but I think that any playoff experience adds to the team overall. Guys with cup final experience are great, but any depth on that issue is a positive to the team overall and there's a number of guys who have playoff runs under their belt now, and younger guys who've only got that one series of course. I don't honestly think inexperience is a factor right now though, personally.
The mantra in Pittsburgh, at least among the people who've been around the sport long enough, is that we've still got to finish a series. The typical bandwagoner fans with any sport are jumping ahead, but the people who have always cared are taking the Pen's advice and looking at it one game at a time.