The Pittsburgh Penguins are on quite a warpath in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. The only thing that can slow them down now is players not pulling their weight.
They ousted the New York Islanders in six games in the first round of the playoffs, and currently hold a 2-1 series lead on the Ottawa Senators.
Dejan Kovacevic wrote about it in the Trib. Here’s an exclamation point.
It’s time for Coach Dan Bylsma to stop screwing around and assemble his top two lines thusly (from left to right): Pascal Dupuis-Sidney Crosby-Jarome Iginla, Chris Kunitz-Evgeni Malkin-James Neal. Only Dupuis switches wings, and he’s never had a problem doing it. Everyone is in a place he perceives to be proper.
Now, not so much. Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis is fine, and Crosby prefers that. But Byslma is the coach, and Crosby can prosper with anyone.
Neal-Malkin-Iginla (or Iginla-Malkin-Neal, whatever it is today) just isn’t working. Neal is much better at right wing than left wing. For Iginla, the situation is more extreme. He just can’t play left wing. He's lost there. Iginla has played right wing for 16 years.
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Josh Yohe from The Pittsburgh Tribune Review joined Mark
Mike Lange spoke with Mark Madden today about Playoff Hockey
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