The Pittsburgh Penguins Are Moving On

 

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) shakes hands with New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) after game 5 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, April 23, 2016. The Penguins won 6-3, to clinch the best-of-seven games series 4-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

I’ll be honest with you. The last few years being a Pens fan wasn’t the easiest. Yeah, they were winning in the regular season and annually making the playoffs but I expect a lot from this team. They’ve won a Cup before with some of the best young (at the time) talent in the league. Since that time they’ve done nothing but waste time and flounder. If it wasn’t the coaching letting them down with simple minded schemes it was a lack of discipline and joy from the players making it a real chore for fans to watch them compete.

I never stopped watching but I’ll be damned if I didn’t think about it at times. None more so than earlier this year before Pens management made the coaching change. Now fans are being rewarded with their loyalty by a team playing to their full potential in a style that’s exciting to watch. If you’ve watched them at all since the new year you already know the Penguins are all about speed these days. No more of this dump and dig garbage that neutralizes all of the top end talent. You get the puck and you go. And when the other team has the puck, you hustle your butt off to get the puck back and get going the other way. I’ve said for years to the few people I talk hockey with that the biggest difference between the Pens team that won the Cup and all of the iterations since is a lack of forechecking and pressure in the neutral zone. That’s not an issue anymore and it showed in their 4-1 Series win against the New York Rangers. Chaos and an in your face style of play win the day. Let’s keep it going in the next round. Let’s Go Pens!

 

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