When I was in college, I was taught that the first line of anything you write should be something that captures the reader and makes them want to continue reading about whatever you’re writing about.
Well to hell with that.
I have no words. None. Zilch. Nada. Ever since Nick Foligno‘s goal in overtime to tie this series at two, I’ve been trying to think of a way to put it all together but just…no..not happening.
Marc-Andre Fleury has been the best player in this series. No one else can even remotely make a claim to that. But an ugly three minutes and my Facebook feed is treating the guy like he raped their mothers.
That’s not to say that he didn’t shit the bed tonight. He totally did. Foligno’s goal in overtime came from the blue line with no traffic. It was very “soff” in the words of old friend Michel Therrien. Who’s current team is already in the second round. On top of that, Fleury went behind his net to stop a puck with the Pens up 3-2 with the seconds ticking down in regulation. The puck jumped over his stick and Brandon Dubinsky put the puck into a wide open net to send the game to overtime.
There was a time that the Pens were going pretty good in this game. That time was the first period. Craig Adams of all people put the Pens on the board with a shorthanded goal. Chris Kunitz scored his first goal of the series on the power play and then 33 seconds later, James Neal scored his first goal of the series to give the Pens a 3-0 lead.
Boone Jenner scored on the power play before the end of the first period to cut the lead to 3-1. And that’s when the 3-1 curse kicked in. Columbus scored the only goal of the second period on the power play from Ryan Johansen.
Considering how bad of an omen 3-1 has been in this series, it might be a good thing that the series is tied coming back to Pittsburgh. However, even the staunchest Fleury supporter has to be considering about his psyche going into game five. He’s always been known as a bit of a headcase and it showed in the overtime tonight and it’s shown in playoffs past.
However, Fleury is not the only one to be concerned with. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are still invisible. Dan Bylsma might as well just be a mannequin behind the bench. I hate to agree with Mark Madden but he tweeted after the game that Bylsma is white, skating Mike Tomlin. Just replace “obviously” and “the standard is the standard” with “get to our game” and “grind these bitches down.”