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Pens to make power-play adjustments

Apr 12, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby

With all of today’s talk about non-suspensions and cheeky tweets, here’s an actual hockey story about Pittsburgh’s power play.

Via CSNPhilly.com comes news that the Penguins will be making some adjustments after going 0-3 with the man advantage in last night’s 4-3 OT loss to the Flyers.

For starters, Sidney Crosby thinks the Pens need to take more time with the puck once they gain the attacking zone.

“We tried to get shots, which is a good mentality to have,” said Pens captain Sidney Crosby. “We probably could have been a bit more patient on the setup. It wasn’t for lack of effort. We had some bad entries, too.”

It’s always a challenge to balance patience and urgency on the power play. A team can’t just shoot every time it gets set up – not the way today’s players blocks shots – but getting too cute can be just as problematic.

One wrinkle we might see tomorrow is forward Steve Sullivan quarterbacking from the point.

“He distributes the puck well,” said Crosby, as per NHL.com, “so he brings all of that to the power play. He’s pretty familiar with that area.”

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  1. ottograham - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Imagine if we actually had gotten the job done on even one of those power plays. It all adds up and I surely hope we get it together or this series will end quickly. Special teams are huge and we need to get the job done. We have had all season to figure this out… what gives?

    • somekat - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      Imagine if the game was called evenly, and the Pens got called for their constant dives. If it wasn’t for that, I gurantee this series would end quickly. Special teams are huge when your team gets all the calls. What gives

      Edited for accuracy

      • ottograham - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        look pal Im not discrediting your squad before you get your panties in a bunch. We got outworked, outhustled, outplayed. Before you go cynical and pretencious just take a chill pill.

      • ottograham - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        or are you just a natural douchebag?

      • somekat - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        Nah, not naturally. You just have the misfortune of being part of a fanbase that is 95% fair weather bandwagoners. Not saying you are, you could very well be part of the 5%. It is not an accident that your team almost left twice due to lack of fan support.

        But to answer your question, it is bascially because you are part of a gutless, passionless fan base.

        Also, funny how in the 4 posts (including your first), only one has more thumbs up than thumbs down….and it isn’t any of your 3

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        Edited for accuracy but not for bias I see. To say that there were “constant” dives is hyperbole. Which ones were the dives to be exact?

        When Jagr openly used his off hand to impede Crosby’s pursuit?

        Rinaldo cross-checking Neal in a scrum behind the play? Neal may have started it, but that’s a normal agitation play (Hartnell is the best in the business at it actually)

        Giroux’s knock on the back from Orpik?

        I get the calling the Pens whiners and taking dives is the cool thing to do nowadays, but Flyers fans have a lot of LEGITIMATE reasons to brag about yesterdays game… don’t fall into lockstep with what’s easy.

      • somekat - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

        I wasn’t bragging about the game. I was making fun of a Pens fan

        I will do that even if the Flyers lose this series 4-1

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      Does this mean more acting classes for those embellishment calls ?

      • ottograham - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        sure guy

  2. crashtheboards55 - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Trying to be too fancy and make highlight reels. flyers proved that with grit and tenacity. pens had that in the first period. After that, they went into shutdown mode. Too worried to make mistakes instead of just playing. Flyers were down 3 and yet Pens were the ones who looked anxious and rattled. Flyers have a ton of talent and if they play like that again, the flyers are going to put the hammer on them. Flyers are without a lot of guys too.

    • spydey629 - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      Actually, the problem is they DID NOT go into shut down mode. Up 3-0, the Pens should’ve kicked it down a notch into full-on 1-4 delayed trap, not played a slacker-style version of their normal aggressive forecheck.

      Get the puck and dump, the clog the zone. Make the Flyers skate thru all 5 guys to get to Fleury, not 1 or 2, as the case was last night.

      • crashtheboards55 - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        Good point man. Hopefully we learned from the past games that we have done this way too much.

  3. bobhpine - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Sniffle sniffle… If only the officiating were called the way I think it should be called… Then life would be fair.

  4. govtminion - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Power play adjustments = bribe the refs into calling more whistles on the Flyers in Game 2.

    (I don’t really think that, but it’s funny at least, right?)

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      Funny has to do with perspective I suppose. Either way it’s terribly unoriginal.

  5. heyzeus143 - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    go pens

  6. genopringlesandbobhpinemolestboys - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    @ Otto

    You calling others douchebag, hypocrisy at it’s best….

  7. penzfan329 - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    somekat, how about you come back and talk when you know alittle about hockey and try not to whine about the so called “dives.” your just like any other fan jealous of pittsburgh. on another note, it should be a long series. winner takes the east

  8. renberg19 - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Sean Couturier, a rookie, shut down one of the league MVPs in Malkin. This is the real story, not Pittsburg’s inept powerplay!

    • snutchpro - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      thumbs up x 1000. flyers fan, but need to say there were three infractions on the flyers in first which were not called. i was stunned to say the least, it seemed the refs may be on the flyers side. after campbell’s remarks, it could get real ugly for the flyers.

  9. crashtheboards55 - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Couturier is gonna be a great player. Flyers robbed teams blind witht the trades they made in off-season. In my opinion if flyers were completely healthy I don’t think that anyone could beat them. A lot of Pens fans are gonna call me names for saying that even though i am a pens fan. Just calling it like i see it.

  10. walleye9000 - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    It seem to me from watching Philly fan actions in the past. That they are just a bunch of loud mouth Idiots who don’t know what they talking about. And these post seem to prove it! Pens got out played for 2 periods and lost. No more acting than any other hockey games played last night.But the philly fans need to run there mouths like always.

  11. walleye9000 - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Oh ya your dads must have been the ones throwing snowballs at Santa.

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