I really don’t feel like writing about that game. There’s no excuse for blowing a 4-1 lead between dinner and cake of my mom’s 59th birthday party last night. I went from bloated, buzzed and bonered after watching the first period during dinner to pissed off and generally anti-social by the time cake rolled around. Thanks, Flyers.
There no denying the effort in the second period was laughable. But again, it wouldn’t hurt to have a goalie that could occasionally save their bacon. No matter how you slice it, the Penguins still scored three goals on 12 shots.
This quote from Peter Laviolette sums up the real problem, though:
Q: Was there something that’s collectively missing, in terms of a killer instinct, or the ability to stay with a tempo?
A: There was a little bit of both today. Even going out in the 3rd period when the score is 4 to 4. Being able to finish off games, I think we need to do a better job then what we’ve done this year. We’ve had a lot of tie games and a lot of situations to win games and they’ve slipped away. Consistency is something we’ve been battling as well. You go from a real strong first period to an inconsistent second period that ended up costing you a day. Certainly it’s not where we want to be.
The second period is almost understandble after an ejaculatory first. But to come out in the third period, at home, tied 4-4, with your biggest rival, with the same lame duck effort, and to never mount a reasonable offensive, is inexcusable. And hover would be a good way to describe what Claude Giroux does in the high slot and along the sideboards while his teammates go after loose pucks in the corner. Needs more captain, this team.