Well as a lot of you know I’m a big hockey fan and I can’t be more excited for the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs, not to mention that the Penguins are actually in them! It’s been a while since the Pens have been in the playoffs so of course I’m real excited. Watching the first game on Wednesday I was very disappointed in the penguins. They did not come out to play at all. They were completely outplayed by the Senator’s the entire game. The Senators are a great team, but we have beaten them before in the regular season so I expected the game to be close, not a 6-3 blowout.The penguins were just outplayed, and the Senators know what it’s like to play in the playoffs. Almost all of the penguin players except for a few have never played in a playoff game. Playoff’s are so different from the regular season because its do or die. The hitting picks up, the skating is faster, basically its way more intense. Most of the penguins came out like it was just another regular season game. Not until the middle of the second period did I really see the Penguins pick it up. By then it was already too late.
For Saturday’s game the pens have to come out hard, finish their checks, and take the extra effort. Playoff hockey is much more grittier and we cannot rely on just skills to get us through the playoffs. I really do not want to see us go out in the first round. Well good luck Pens!!!