Isles/Pens

Isles/Pens

Post by Scott C. Weakla » Tue, 11 May 1993 14:09:13


        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.)
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        This letter actually typed by lucky keypresses by Scott's mice.

 
 
 

Isles/Pens

Post by Jason Cockro » Wed, 12 May 1993 00:36:23

Quote:
>    A slightly biased viewpoint, but this one from a Pens fan.
>  The Isles haven't dominated, lucky bounces have been the deciding factor
> in the games.  ... Even without Mario the Pens are probably the best team
> in the league (unless Barrasso's in a bad mood.)
> --

It seems to me that teams with loads of talent lack teamwork and are
vulnerable to upset.  The mid 80's Oilers were such at team.   A team with
a Jagr would be such a team in my books too.  Barrasso never impressed me.
The fact that he went south in game 4 didn't suprise me at all.  Cut all
this "best team" BS.  Let's see who wins.

that's my bias viewpoint,

-jake.

Go Leafs GO!

Go Islanders, Go Habs, Go Canucks,
Go Kings, Go Blues.

 
 
 

Isles/Pens

Post by Tom Hu » Wed, 12 May 1993 19:19:41


: >  A slightly biased viewpoint, but this one from a Pens fan.
: >  The Isles haven't dominated, lucky bounces have been the deciding factor
: > in the games.  ... Even without Mario the Pens are probably the best team
: > in the league (unless Barrasso's in a bad mood.)
: > --

I'm not sure who wrote this comment, but I would say the Isles
have at least come close to dominating. Certainly in the games
where Lemieux did not play or played very little they did
dominate. At least it sure looked like it to me. Take a look at
the shots on goal stats, and the faceoff wins. Isles have beaten
the Pens in every game in those areas. They also have out-hustled
the Pens for most of the series. The big difference is that the
Pens have thus far been able to capitalize on weaker goaltending
by the Isles. 6 goals on 18 shots last night is a good example.
That leads me to my next comment.

: It seems to me that teams with loads of talent lack teamwork and are
: vulnerable to upset.  The mid 80's Oilers were such at team.   A team with
: a Jagr would be such a team in my books too.  Barrasso never impressed me.
: The fact that he went south in game 4 didn't suprise me at all.  Cut all
: this "best team" BS.  Let's see who wins.

Barasso never used to impress me either, until last year. He has
certainly become one of the steadiest goaltenders in the game. Hey
anyone can have a bad game, but when he does, he doesn't seem to
let it bother him for the next game. He also probably gives up less
rebounds than any other goaltender due to his great glove work.
Take a look at this stats. They speak for themselves.

: that's my bias viewpoint,

Yes. It certainly was.

: Go Leafs GO!

: Go Islanders, Go Habs, Go Canucks,
: Go Kings, Go Blues.

Gee, did you miss anyone there? Not too crazy about the Pens eh?
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