This is basically what I thought about writing after tonight's Game 5 overtime win for the Penguins... it's put so perfectly by Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo's 'Puck Daddy'.
Now for my 2 cents...
With this win, the Pens have a really got shot to wrap things up Monday at home in Game 6. Evgeni Malkin has played much better in the last few games, and the team seems to be fired up (in a good way) about the whole Sergei Gonchar situation. I honestly didn't think the Gonchar would cost them in this series, but it will come into play down the road if they can advance.
For the Caps to come back from a 3-2 series deficit once again, Simeon Varlamov and the defense have to step up big-time. Ovechkin and Backstrom have provided enough offense for the Caps to have won this series already. But the defense is having too many breakdowns, and 'Varly' isn't as sharp as he has been in the playoffs so far.
'Hawks capitalize on Canucks' poor discipline & mistakes
Vancouver was 3 minutes away from taking a 3-1 series lead... 180 seconds! But they decided to lean on Luongo instead of winning it themselves. Now they're down 3-2 to the Blackhawks. The Canucks simply were not disciplined enough to pull through tonight, and made too many turnovers.
Kevin Bieksa and Ryan Kesler are the targets in this piece. Bieksa's stupid high-sticking penalty on Patrick Sharp in the 3rd resulted in the 'Hawks go-ahead goal. As for Kesler, he turned the puck over on the PK in the 2nd, and seconds later the puck was in the net behind Luongo. Then, after Chicago's go-ahead goal in the 3rd, Kesler took a bad penalty to put his team on the PK with 4 minutes left. A diving penalty could have been called on Brian Campbell, but Vancouver deserved to go back on the man disadvantage.
Chicago is more disciplined right now, and are in the heads of the Canucks. They're also faster, stronger, and more determined than Alain Vigneault's club right now. The tides have turned quickly on the Canucks, and I don't know if they'll be playing another home game this season...
It's the best time of year!
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