Saturday, January 10, 2009

Avalanche 5, Penguins 3

What can we say that hasn't been said? The team continues to struggle.

The Pens didn't play horribly, but they also didn't play well.

They were unable to generate any consistent offense. I think their 5 on 5 performance during this run has been pretty poor.

The goaltending was pretty bad. Sabu allowed 4 through two periods. He probably should have stopped a few of those.

The other thing is that this team is really shorthanded right now. Think about their lines tonight. The first line started out as Sid, Geno and Sykora. The only other top 9 forwards not in the dog house were Staal, Cooke, Kennedy and Talbot. You had Godard, Satan (in the aforementioned dog house) plus an entire Wilkes-Barre contingent (Minard, Wallace and Jeffrey).

I still think Therrien is the coach for this team. Just as the long winning / point streaks the past two years were contagious, the losing has become the same. They need to fight through this and find a way to break out of it.

Next up: A few nights to think about a matchup at Philly on Tuesday. Better bring your "A" game there.

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