2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Pittsburgh Penguins Should Not Be Left for Dead

T.J. McaloonContributorApril 17, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins reacts after giving up a goal in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Flyers defeated the Penguins 7-5.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are in a horrible situation down 3-0 against the Philadelphia Flyers in their opening round playoff series. However, as discussed on today’s podcast of the “TJ McAloon and the Sports Half Hour” show, the Penguins should not be left for dead by their fans or by the NHL community.

The Penguins are getting awful play from their defense and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Fluery’s goals against average of 6.34 and his save percentage of .798 place him dead last among starting goaltenders during the playoffs. 

However, sitting right next to Fluery at the bottom of the goaltender statistics with a 3.95 goals against average and a .868 save percentage is Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. 

On the show, I, along with my guest, Muskegon Lumberjacks play-by-play man Matt Gajtka, compare the Penguins and the other favored team down 0-3, the Vancouver Canucks, and explain why the Pens have the better chance to win four straight games to advance to the second round. 

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15:  Goalie Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings watches the puck after making a save with his foot against the Vancouver Canucks in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
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Aside from talking about the two Stanley Cup favorites on the ropes, we discuss how far the Los Angeles Kings can go behind the stellar play of their captain, Dustin Brown, and their wall between pipes Jonathan Quick. 

Despite the even play that we’ve seen during the first round, there have also been a number of controversial hits. From Shea Weber, to James Neal, superstar players have lost their cool during the playoffs resulting in dangerous physical play. 

We discuss whether or not these players should have been suspended for their actions during their postseason games. 

So click the link below and give the show a listen. Be sure to hit subscribe on the home page for instant downloads.

T.J. McAloon and the Sports Half Hour Podcast