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Stanley Cup not in sight for the Pens

Posted on: April 15, 2010

Pittsburgh Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby hoists the 2009 Stanley Cup

If you would like to see the Pens hoist that Stanley Cup again this year, don’t hold your breath for very long. After stunning the Detroit Red Wings last year in the finals, it was thought that the Pens would ride again to the finals on the shoulders of their young captain and gain that elusive repeat. Well, fans will have to be wishing and hoping for that next year. After gaining the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference, the Pens had a horrible first playoff game showing against the Ottawa Senators. They not only lost, but many of the leaders of the team did not play to their potential and it looks like there might not be improvement anytime soon.

Evgeni Malkin

Reigning Stanley Cup MVP, Evgeni Malkin, was the only Pens player to play well on Wednesday night. Malkin led the team with 2 of the Pens 3 goals, but I wouldn’t expect this play to last. Ever since coming back from the Olympic break, the Pens have been in a slumping and Malkin’s uninspiring Team Russia performance in Vancouver is one of the reasons the team is still suffering.

Sidney Crosby

If “The Kid” wants a repeat, he is going to have to step it up. After sharing a piece of the scoring title this past season, Crosby was held without even a shot attempt against the Senators until the third period. In 17 games against the Senators this past season, Crosby has only scored two goals which is his lowest against any Eastern Conference team. If the Senators are going to put all their pressure and defense on the kid, then the Pens need to put more pressure on the rest of the team to be more offensive.

Marc-Andre Fleury

Fleury Fleury Fleury. It has been a frustrating battle with Fleury this season and even though he came up big last year in the Stanley Cup run, he looked very unsettled in goal Wednesday night. The Pens are not as strong defensively this year, so that means Fleury needs to live up to more of his potential. If he can’t step up in this post season, there is no hope for the Pens to even make it out of the first round.

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