Totally not goaltending... Yinzers everywhere are trying to blame it as the Fleury/Vokoun collapse, but it's far from it. Game 2, you could say some soft **** went by but look at how everyone out in front played? Game 1 wasn't much better. It's less an offensive collapse as a team defense collapse... There's no puck control from that. Turnovers galore. They feed off defensive zone turnovers and breakouts, but our team D just disappeared and so went the rest of the game plan then.
Oh and I'd be the first to tell you, the Norris is a joke when they base it on points, which they seem to all the time. I bitched up a storm about Letang being a finalist... Suban's dirty but at least he's pretty solid defensively generally (not this playoff so much, but usually). Letang had a decent defensive regular season but in the playoffs he's been ****. I'd rather see the Norris represented by guys that were shut-down guys.
But you have to look at Bylsma too. The dude puts Letang with Niskanen ALL the time, and that's like saying, "Eh, let's put all this C4 in with all this pure Nitroglycerine and put it in that rickety truck to haul it". They've sucked together at any given moment, but Bylsma REFUSED to break them up. Letang should always be with a better defensive partner. Hell, even Engelland.
I'm over their **** this year though. So sound last series, tightened up in Round 1, and just threw it out the window in Round 3. Don't worry Jesse, you guys sweep tomorrow.
I think the Pens played a good game again last night, tons of chances, far better defense, but the bounces weren't going their way for sure, and at some point you have to bury the rebounds, and get it that inch to the left/right you need to NOT hit the post.