Here’s the game story from the shootout victory over the Red Wings, by Rossi. It meant next to nothing and played out exactly that way. Ugh.
Blogginess from the scene: This was an awful game. Deserves close to zero analysis. If it were forced upon me, I suppose it would be relevant to note that Pavel Datsyuk looked like he was getting back to full health. Which depending on your viewpoint can be good or bad, given that he hasn’t risen up much in the Stanley Cup playoffs. In Sochi, he was pretty much all Russia had. … Mike Babcock made a fool of himself in the postgame. And this from a guy renowned for his class, especially on the Olympic stage. Just embarrassing. Click on the game story up there for the details. … The Penguins at least made a somewhat spirited effort to hit Niklas Kronwall. Not a bad idea. He’d certainly return the favor in the first round. … James Neal’s getting there. He is. … Taylor Pyatt? No. There’s no earthly reason to play him ahead of anyone. Ever. … This can’t be stressed strongly enough: Other than grinders trying to find or keep jobs for the playoffs, there’s nothing to be culled from this. … Nice touch by Jeff Jimerson to ask the crowd to sing along with the Anthem, just after the Penguins asked for ‘thoughts and prayers’ for the stabbing victims at Franklin Regional.
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