Originally Posted by IowaSteeler927
PENS WIN IN OT 4-3!!!! James Neal with the game winning goal. Good back and forth game. Pens looked a little flat at some points but they came up big when they needed to the most.
Pittsburgh has a tendency to relinquish the lead late in games. It happened Friday night and on other occasions throughout the season. Yeah they still won, but it would be great to see this team develop an iron grip on 1 or 2 goal leads late in the game (or in the third period). I think that is an aspect of the game that strong defensive teams control like Boston, the NY Rangers, among others. Part of my thinking is their style of play: Pittsburgh likes to score, score, score. Concentrating much of puck control on going up and down the ice kind of takes away from defense. We've seen this team get burned doing that. i.e. versus the Islanders at CONSOL earlier in the season. Maybe when the defense is fully healthy the team will focus on this a little more.