PENS FOCUSED ON ONE WIN
After an inexplicably abysmal performance in a 6-1 loss to the Boston Bruins at CONSOL Energy Center on Monday that put Pittsburgh down 2-0 in the series, the Penguins closed the doors to their locker room and held a players-only meeting.
They left the rink, got some rest and came back Tuesday to watch film and have a full team meeting before their noon practice. The Penguins skated hard for just over half an hour before boarding the team plane to fly to Boston for Game 3 Wednesday and Game 4 Friday.
It may have seemed like just another day, but it wasn’t.
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TRIB PLAYOFF UPDATE
SOUNDS HEARD AROUND THE ROOM
GAME 3 ADJUSTMENTS
Head coach Dan Bylsma wouldn't reveal his starting goaltender for Game 3. He was jokingly asked, "In an effort to change your karma, would you tell us your starting goaltender?"
Bylsma replied: "That won't change our karma" (laughs). When asked if he knew who his starter will be, Bylsma replied, "Yes."
Bylsma did tell the media that there will be changes made in Game 3.
THEY SAID IT...
Fleury or Vokoun?
Jeffrey and Despres
--Sam Kasan & Wes Crosby
The Pens hit the ice for practice with a few players absent. Dupuis, Neal, Orpik and Martin were not on the ice.
The Pens lines were a mish mash of different combinations. Every rush featured different players.
The Pens have a lot of questions to answer after a lop-sided 6-1 loss in Game 2. But the one that will have everyone talking about is the goaltending situation. The Pens weren't ready to name their starting netminder for Game 3 last night, but there is a lot of intrigue over whom the team will choose.
Bylsma did not say who would be his goaltender for Game 3, saying it was “tough” to evaluate how both Fleury and Vokoun played given the way the team performed in front of them.
“We got down 3-0. I don’t think there’s a lot of fault in those three goals by the goaltender,” Bylsma said. “It’s tough to evaluate given the breakdowns and the types of scoring chances that they scored on for both goalies.”
But Bylsma did say this:
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START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans. Today the Pens find themselves in the unenviable position of trailing the Eastern Conference Final 2-0 to the Bruins with Games 3 and 4 being played in Boston. Although it is not a good position to be in, the series is far from over. In fact, if you look at recent history, there is cause for optimism. When the Pens won the Stanley Cup in 2009, twice they trailed 2-0 in a series (Washington, Detroit). They went on to win both of those series in Game 7. Although there is a distinction in the fact in both of those series Games 3 and 4 were in Pittsburgh.
That being said, the Pens are realistic about the situation. And they know that Game 3 Wednesday night in Boston has become a must win. If Pittsburgh falls behind 3-0 in the series, they are on serious life support. But if they can win Game 3, then they'll set themselves up for getting back even.
Regardless, Game 3 has become easily the most important game of the season for the Pens.