Penguins/Canes, Game OneShareThis
I came away from last nights Peguins/Hurricanes game thinking three things:
One, how hard are guys shooting the puck on their backhand nowadays? (If you guessed “as hard as people shot it on their forehands in the 60′s”, you were right) Malkin’s backhander last night – and Kane’s third of the night against the Canucks - were shot hard and flat. I used a Sakic curve – that shots not even an option.
A buddy and I developed a theory on curves and the type of players who use them, which was right about 90% of the time.
- Players using the Modano curve (very mild) were puck handlers, great on the backhand, and made plays – usually didn’t have a great shot though (Crosby is in this category – his custom curve is even straighter than the Modano… gross).
- Users of the Lidstrom curve can usually bomb the puck. Truly a shooters wedge, this thing was built to saucer pass pucks and one-time slapshots. On the downside, trying to shoot the puck on the ice still involves cracking the goalies collar bone.
- Us Sakic-curvers liked to have a bit of both worlds if possible, but tended to take more wrist and snap shots then slappers. I used to love hooks like the Coffey and Yzerman, but to have a banana like those makes taking passes on the backhand (and shooting on the backhand) harder than admitting Carolina isn’t awful.
I forget where I was going with that, but um, nice goal by Malkin.
Next, I took away more of the Sidney Crosby effect.
He gives his teammates endless chances to score. I’m thinking Guerin will see a couple of those chances in his nightmares.
After the game, SportsCentre was explaining how Carolina kept Crosby to two shots, which was seen as a positive. But they lost, right? So if they “shut Sid down”, and still didn’t win, that’s a bad sign, isn’t it?
And last, if Carolina has two serious injuries, like it appeared they did, they can start waving the white flag.
This is a team that thrives on hard work and balls; when you take a couple of the main offensive cogs out of a team that doesn’t have many, it’s hopeless. It won’t be fun for Pitt to play them because Carolina will stay physical, but the Pens will never be in any real danger of losing if Carolina is without Ruutu and Cole. Now, if somebody can just get Ward to go swimming with cement skates, they could put it in neutral. God he’s good.