Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Playoff Game #13 - vs Montreal Canadiens

Playoff Game 13
Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins
Series tied 3-3

Why does it matter?
Win or go home. Pretty simple.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - They were able to get to Halak on Monday, but they weren't able to keep the Habs away from Fleury.
  • Canadiens - The Habs played a great home game when their playoff lives depended on it.
Questions to be answered
  • Can the Pens protect Fleury, and can Flower make the big saves? He sure has in the past when the Pens needed it (think about the save on Ovechkin in Game 7 last year).
  • Can the Pens keep the game simple when they're at home?
  • Will the fans avoid yelling "SHOOT" when the Pens are on the power play?
Keys to the game
  • Come out and establish the forecheck. Set the tone early to spend time in the offensive zone.
  • Keep firing from the point. The Habs are packing it in when the puck goes down low. Work it out for a shot from Sarge or Letang and hope for a deflection or rebound.
  • Protect the defensive zone. The urgency that was there in Game 5, matching up with the Habs at every step, was missing in Game 6 when players lost track of Habs in their own end.

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