The lesson I learned from this loss is not to put my 2 year old down between periods. Rather, its just best to let her stay up for the whole game. Why? Because after 2 periods we were up 2-1. Then I read Ava a book, did nigh-nigh prayer, and come back to the game down a goal. Sorry honey, daddy's got a game on.
In any event, post game thoughts are never fun when you lose. And when you lose the way we did tonight its even worse. I'd rather do a photoshop and completely belittle the entire country, but I'll be fair tonight. The Canadiens played real well in the third period to come back and win the game. They did what I said they wanted to do in the third instead of the first. Come out, get a lead, and hang on for dear life. They did just that after scoring the two goal early in the 3rd. Credit them for their efforts. Though discredit the Penguins for simply not being ready in the third. They were stunned by Lapierre's wrap around, then were out of position on their third goal. After that frustration set in. Sid took his cape off and showed he is in fact mortal by making a few bad passes. Geno likewise failed to capitalize on a breakaway with 3 minutes remaining.
While I like to give credit where credit is due, and I know I've said this before, but the Habs didn't win this game, the Pens lost it. They let it slip out of their hands. All they needed to do was match the Habs intensity for 20 more minutes and they didn't. Now they're tied in the series instead of being up 3-1. Its a sober reminder that you have to come out ready every single game and not let up for one minute in the playoffs. The Habs are hungry, they just took down the President trophy winners and now they want to take down the current Cup holders on their way to the EFC. Will the Pens stop them, or will Montreal celebrate another series victory? The drama continues Saturday.
This Game 5 is going to be huge. The Pens MUST make this a statement game like game 1. They need to win on home ice and not run the risk of possibly going back to Montreal down 3-2. The last thing they need is to head back to Montreal on the brink of elimination. I assert this will not be the case.