Down But Not Out

There’s really no point in getting upset. Honestly, what’s the point of whining, complaining and talking about everything that the Pens are doing wrong? It won’t help and it won’t change anything. The fact of the matter is that our boys have let Tampa come back and they are now faced with an all bets are off seventh game. How could this happen against a team that’s so inexperienced with the playoffs? Easy. When it comes to the playoffs, as we all know, anything can happen and one should never try to predict the outcome because they’re probably just going to end up being wrong.

But, let’s not dwell on the negative. Obviously, this team is no stranger to adversity. When our backs are to the wall we know how to rally. The last time we won the Stanley Cup (was that only 2 years ago? it seems like it’s been forever) we barely even made the playoffs, remember? We battled back from two separate 0-2 deficits and won the Game 7 Stanley Cup final in hostile territory.

The truth of the matter is, win or lose, we’re lucky to even be where we are right now. Once Sid and Geno were put on the shelf I’m sure that there were a lot of people who counted us out. But, we mucked, we grinded, we fought and we eventually made it to the playoffs. We all need to accept that we are a very different team right now from what we’ve been in the past few years. We have been left relying on a lot of guys who have very limited experience playing in the NHL, let alone the Stanley Cup playoffs. Some of these guys would probably have given their right arm for a call up to one regular season NHL game and now they find themselves trying to help the team get to the next round on the road to the finals. This is a heavy burden and I think that we should give them a break.

We all knew that this wasn’t going to be easy and if we do make it to the next round it’s only going to get harder. I admit that it’s a little unrealistic to think that this is going to be out year for another Cup win, but that doesn’t mean that while expecting the worst we can’t also hope for the best. Think of the teams that would love to be in our position right now because at least they would have a chance. For the teams that didn’t even make the playoffs this season their push for the Stanley Cup was over before it even started. We are still in this and we owe it to our team to support them, no matter what.

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