The Pens had a lead. A big lead. It was 3-0. The Pens should have put the Jackets away. They had the chance. But then it was 3-1. Then it was 3-2. Then Columbus had an empty net. Then the puck bounced. And was then it was in the back of the Pens net. 3-3. Then it went to overtime. The Pens passed the puck. Then they passed it some more. Then they passed it some more. Columbus shot and scored. 4-3 win in overtime. So blame Fleury right? He did have the puck bounce over his stick. He did have let up the goal in over time. No. Don't blame Fleury. This loss was in no way shape or form his fault. Blame the shit heads in front of him that stopped playing after the first period. In the 1st period the Pens had 11 shots. The had 14 the rest of the game. 14!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is absolutely pathetic. Columbus had 46 shots on goal by the way. While we are blaming shit heads, some blame can be given to the biggest shit head behind the bench Dan Bylsma. After the 1st period with the Pens up 3 he didn't have the team ready for the Blue Jackets pressure. He didn't get his team back into the game when it was apparent their heads weren't in it. He did absolutely nothing to change the tide of that game once again. Typical Dan Bylsma. But hey "Get to our game" and "grind bitches down" right!!!???!1/1/!?!!?!?!! There is no reason Columbus should have been able to come back, score 4 unanswered goals, and win. Absolutely inexcusable. But there is no accountability on this team so the Pens will probably not have practice tomorrow and have an optional skate on Friday.
Now obviously the Pens aren't in a horrible position. The series is tied 2-2 with 2 of the remaining games in Pittsburgh. BUT. We may not get that far. Hell. We are lucky to even be talking about a game 5. This series could be over and we could be talking about the Pens up coming off season. The Pens could easily have and probably should have been swept out of this series right now. But they aren't. We are here talking about a game 5 and we all owe that to one man. Marc Andre Fleury. If he doesn't stand on his head in games 1 and 3 the Pens are probably dusting off their golf clubs right about now. He has been the only person to consistently show up in all 4 games this series. The best player in the fucking world doesn't even have a damn goal yet this series. IF the Pens make it out of this series, Crosby better wake the hell up because there is no way in hell the Pens will beat the Flyers or Rangers if Crosby doesn't score. Same goes for Evgeni Malkin. Your two best players need to show up. They aren't getting paid unlimited money to skate around the ice looking completely uninterested at times. I mean for crying out fucking loud, CRAIG FREAKING ADAMS HAS A DAMN GOAL THIS SERIES. That is more than Crosby and Malkin combined. But hey. Can't ever question the Pens right? GO TEAM!!!!!!
So that is my rant of a recap. Don't like it? Suck my dick and go read Pens Initiative.
Next game Saturday at 7.