Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Struck Down by the Lightning – Again!

Series Tied 3-3

by Jan Snyder

"Hey, Sid? Sid, how’s the head feeling? "

If ever there was a time when we needed a hero to ride in on a white horse and save the day, it would be on Wednesday for Game Seven. Adding Sid to the lineup would be great, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. So these boys that have played so well all season need to get their confidence back, lick their wounds, and win the next game!

This one started out promising enough with Dupuis scoring the first goal in the first period. But  the Tampa Bay Lightning quickly tied it up, and in the second period, went ahead. From there it almost became a comedy of errors although there was nothing at all funny about it.

Baby Penguin Chris Conner was awarded a penalty shot, but as he came in on goal, he just lost the puck and never got a shot off. Scrums and fights broke out, things got silly, but the second period ended with no more damage on the scoreboard.

Jordan Staal tied the game again at 2-2, but that would be the end of anything good for the Pens on this night. Downie and Pittsburgher (in name only) Ryan Malone each added another goal.

Although the Pens were given a plethora of power plays, they couldn’t convert on any of the five, giving them a truly woeful power play percentage in this series.

Okay, let’s look at the bright side. We’re coming back home to our crowd who have never seen this group wrap up a series. Wouldn’t that be a nice payback for all the support all year long? We’ve won Game Sevens before – on the road. Surely we can win one at home.

Didn’t seem like anyone got hurt tonight, other than their pride, so we should have all hands on deck.

Maybe if we get to the second round, Sidney Crosby really will come back – we can dream, can’t we?

Let’s be good fans and cheer for all we’re worth on Wednesday night and bring the house down with a big win! Maybe Fleury needs another outburst of cheering his name, too. Couldn’t hurt.

Let’s Go, Pens!!

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