For Pittsburgh fans, this time of the year is always the most stressful.
Some people just don't understand.
As the pirates are usually 1-4 this time of year, they are 2-2 and looking strong.
Whenever the Steelers achieved something the past season, Steelers fans are excited for the draft.
Although, the reason Pittsburgh fans are most happy, is because THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS!
Every fan has doubt before every game. Last year, I didn't have doubt for the Stanley Cup and just look what happened. The evidence is there: The Pens lose games they shouldn't.
For example, the Panther and Hurricane games we just lost.
In my opinion, those should have been fairly easy wins.
Now, let's all look at the season in review shall we:
Starting with the MVP—leadership goes a long way and in my eyes, the award goes to...Evgeni (Geno) Malkin. For those of you who are shaking your heads...Give me a break!
Do you honestly think Crosby should win it?
Don't get me wrong, I love “Sid the Kid” more than the next guy, but Geno can seriously take control of a game and never let it go.
Although, you could say the same about Sid, but Geno just has something about him that well judge for yourself. Given that Crosby missed a couple of games, he could have assisted to Geno's goals if he was there or vice versa.
Lets move on to the Pens security blanket award—the award go to…Marc Andre Fleury.
Now, this pick wasn't as hard as the MVP. If we ever needed out of a jam, most of the time the Flower got us out of it.
Given he needs to work on his rebound and puck control, he is still one of the best goalies in the game today.
You could say that Geno, Sid, Scuderi, or anyone else could be involved and they probably are. Fleury is a top-notch goalie who can win us games single-handedly.
Two more awards to go and this one will go to the Pens most outstanding breakout season award.
The award goes to...Jordan Staal. In the beginning of the year, I was an avid Staal hater.
I questioned and criticized literally everything he did, but after that Detroit hat trick thriller, my viewpoint changed drastically.
Last year, he had a measly 28-points with a -4 plus/minus.
This year he has 48-points with a +4 plus/minus. You could say Tyler Kennedy, Mark Eaton or Scuderi deserved this award, but Staal's point margin took it home.
He is the only other player to get a twenty-point increase and a ten plus minus in the NHL other than Jeff Carter.
The last award is the "Savior to bringing the Pens to the Playoffs award" and “The Burgh” goes to...”Disco” Dan Bylsma.
Kind of a stretch, huh?
I figured since that schmuck, Therrien is gone and we are 18-3-2. That alone deserves recognition of some kind. Hopefully it’s a championship.
The Pens are playing tonight and I believe with a win clinched fourth or fifth place, depending on the tiebreaker.
In my opinion, I would rather play New Jersey instead of Philly.
In the last ten meetings with the Devils, they pulled Brodeur 6 times. Yeah, Yikes!
In Pittsburgh at this time of year, it truly is a great day for hockey.