A slightly biased viewpoint, but this one from a Pens fan.
The Isles have been outplaying the Pens thus far. But the Pens
have yet to really try in a game except for Peiord 3 of Game 4. They are
not playing up to the level of play that they normally do. The Isles have
been applying pressure, but Stevens, Tocchet, Jagr and MacEachern will get
goals no matter what. Now that the series is reduced to Best of three the
Pens will probably turn it up. If you watch hockey, you probably saw how
the Pens could decimate New Jersey at times. There was really not much New
Jersey could do about it either. This probably won't happen without Matio
at at least 75%, but the Pens do this frequently. The Isles haven't
dominated, lucky bounces have been the deciding factor in the games. Any
commentary that Barrasso is the only reason their in this is stupid. That
is the purpose of good goaltending. The Leafs wouldn't be anywhere without
Potvin, nor the Habs without Roy or the Canucks without MacLean. They have
proven their the best team with Mario and a *** one without. The Pens
won in 1990 largely due to luck and Mario. 1991 was talent to score goals
with tough defense. This year they seem to be resting on their laurels and
assuming they will win. I think losing Game Four was better in the long
run for the Pens. A wake up call, now they have to try to beat the Isles.
The Pens know the Isles could win if they don't start playing smart hockey
(see shorthanded goals). Even without Mario the Pens are probably the best
team in the league (unless Barrasso's in a bad mood.)
This letter actually typed by lucky keypresses by Scott's mice.