Every single playoff series, there’s always that one guy that boils your blood. You know, the opposing player you absolutely despise for reasons real, imaginary or a combination. Sometimes he’s a goalie on a hot streak, other times he’s a sniper that’s finding the back of the net with some frequency. But usually he’s a pest – that guy who works hard at getting under everybody’s skin. A real bastard.
It’s good to have someone to direct your contempt at. Sometimes you know who that player is going to be prior to the series starting. Other times, it takes a game or two to find him. Dominic Moore, you are that guy this series.
Moore drew three penalties in Friday’s game, and Tampa Bay scored twice off those calls – once on a power play, once on what turned out to be a 4-on-4. On two of the calls, Moore goaded Penguins into foul play. Moore was in the Pens collective faces all game long, stirring the pot and looking for trouble. As a fan, it was infuriating watching Moore play Friday’s game. One minute, you wanted somebody to take his head off (legally of course). The next minute, you were hoping the Penguins wouldn’t retaliate.
It may have taken a couple of games, but Moore has established himself as Tampa’s pest; the proverbial thorn in the Pens side. He did an excellent job Friday. Probably couldn’t have done any better. Moore plays close to 20 minutes a game, so expect to see a lot of him in this series. The Pens need to do a better job of dealing with him (or ignoring him) starting Monday.