Who cares about goals? Who's gonna score if our top 2 lines get shut down in the playoffs? To make it far you need all 4 lines to chip in with goals from time to time
Darren McCarty cup winning goal vs flyers? Among a few others .... Maltby.... Draper
Hell even Joey kocur scored some nice playoff goals for us when we went on our cup runs
You can say who gives a crap if he doesn't score but chances are if he doesn't score a few in the playoffs along with miller or whom ever chances are we won't make it far
Getting on Glendening because he hasn't scored a goal is totally missing the point of him. It's almost like getting on Nyquist because he doesn't block enough shots. In a tight playoff series, how do we know a shot that Nyquist doesn't block won't end up being the difference?
Glendening is a shutdown center. His duties lie 100% on the defensive side of the puck. Any offense he provides is essentially a bonus. He takes the vast majority of his faceoffs in the defensive zone. He's clutch on the PK. He checks and grinds and pushes, shoves, yaps, agitates. He frustrates the likes of Crosby and Stamkos. In a tight playoff series against a top-heavy team like the Pens, a Luke Glendening would, in theory, give our top three lines more room in the matchups battle. If Datsyuk doesn't have to shadow Crosby on every shift he takes, he's probably going to be more dangerous offensively. Maybe Helm can cheat up ice a little more. Throw in the last change at home and the fact that Babs is a matchup wizard, and that's potentially the difference in the series right there.
But that's not even the big thing with him. The big thing with him is that he works hard, plays the right way, takes care of business, is zero-maintence, etc. He's a coach's dream and the kind of guy you love to have on your team. I don't think it's totally a coincidence that Babs says Glendening's line was our best against the Sabres and then, bam!, he gets extended. Our team has problems with keeping it simple, giving consistent effort, staying focused, sustaining intensity, being responsible defensively, avoiding complacency. Those things aren't an issue for Glendening, and that's a big deal - for the team as a whole. That was on full display last night. He can be a steadying presence. Things getting dicey? Crosby running amok? Key PK? Too much cuteness? Throw Glendening's line over the boards. He may not score, but 1) big deal, and 2) he's going to score eventually, and then we'll be complaining that he doesn't score enough.
I mean, yeah, he's never scored in the NHL playoffs. That's true. But he's never actually played in the NHL playoffs. He's got, like, 50 games of NHL experience. And he's, what, like, 16 years old? Pretty sure this is the first season that fellow blockhand Darren Helm has shown the slightest bit of real scoring prowess. (That he's 27 probably has something to do with it.)
I just think it's nitpicking, saying Kocur scored some playoff goals therefore Glendening is useless.
Also, Jimmy needs to save that McBain shot. Soft as a baby's bottom.
Also, Smith needs to smarten the eff up. If Quincey can stay out of the box and be mostly quiet (in a good way) through 60, so can he. I know Mike Emrick thinks he's the s***, but Mike Emrick also thinks goalies wear waffles on their hands.
Also, winning as much as we are with Kindl and Lashoff seemingly never leaving the ice is quite impressive.
We killed the Sens last time we played them too. The Habs are a good team, but I do not fear them they are nothing compared to the Bruins whom we just beat. If the Wings bring their game, they get a huge W tomorrow night.
Psh, I don't fear the Habs! I'll never truly fear a Therrien team. But, generally, they've really been clicking - and being without Murray makes them that much better. Plus, it's the Bell Center.
Basically, what we did in the first period tonight? Do that for three periods.
The thing I don't get about Crosby is why he feels he needs to pull this stuff. He's already won a Cup. He's gonna win the Hart this year. His team's a powerhouse. He's the best player in the world and the face of hockey. He is, by all accounts, a real class act off the ice. Refs are going to give him the benefit of the doubt on anything and everything anyway - but not if he keeps diving.
You're better than this, Sid. Though I suppose getting clocked in the face with a metallic whistle probably isn't a great feeling. But still.
He's playing like a legitimate second-line center. Given that everyone - everyone - had him pegged as a borderline bottom-sixer, that's amazing. To me, it's that he's well-rounded. Big, good on both sides of the puck, and a ton of upside. I friggin' love this guy.
This series would have a lot going for it. It would feature two popular teams that boast plenty of big-name talent. It would be the first playoff matchup for Pittsburgh and Detroit since their back-to-back meetings in the Stanley Cup finals in 2008 and 2009. (Each team won once.) And it would be a divisional crossover series, which would cause maximum confusion among the majority of fans who still have no idea how this new system works.
So could the Red Wings pull off the upset? I think they could. The Penguins are top-heavy with elite talent, but their lack of depth and spotty recent postseason history makes it seem like they’re vulnerable to being knocked off in the early going. A second-round exit seems more likely, but the Wings would have a shot here.
Besides, who wouldn’t want to watch a series that prominently featured the undisputed best player in the entire league? (And when Gustav Nyquist wasn’t on the ice, we could still watch Sidney Crosby.)