Pittsburgh Penguins: Could Inconsistent Play Be a Blessing in Disguise?

November 17th, 2010 by Laura Falcon Leave a reply »
After a string of inconsistent games, the question of "What's going on with the Pittsburgh Penguins lately?" has been asked with a concerned undertone, but few notice how this inconsistent play could be a blessing in disguise for the team this season.

Fans and analysts have pointed fingers at possible reasons for this inconsistency problem, and they include not enough talent on the wings, poor coaching, poor performances from goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and a crippling power play. According to postgame and practice interviews from the players, it all comes down to a lack of execution.

These are all true statements made with good supporting evidence, but none of these factors are applicable unless the team's overall lack of drive is taken into account.

The Pens' play this season, on multiple occasions, doesn't mimic any intense desire to win. They've allowed leads to slip away at the end of a game, and were unable to cash in on opportunities late in a game to tie the score.

Hockey has always been considered an emotional sport because of how emotion can help a team take over a game, be it through a fight, a short-handed goal or even fluky ...

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