This is just a quick note to remind everyone that the PENS LOST.
Now, I am certainly a fan of our Pittsburgh sports teams; my long, winding road to becoming a fan of professional sports in general is a story for another time. Suffice it to say I've only followed the Penguins and Steelers for about five years or so despite living in the Pittsburgh Statistical Metropolitan Area all my life. But I'm also realistic--I know full well that not every team can win the championship every year. Even good teams get beat.
For me, this is a good thing, and one of the reasons why I don't like baseball. Due to its current setup (with no salary cap and little in the way of effective draft balancing), there is a fairly good chance that even before game one is played in the year, the playoffs are already determined (Hey, there, Yankees). What fun is that? No, money isn't everything,and a few teams make it in spite of this (Hey, there, Tampa Bay) but it's easy to spend your way to the top 20% of the league before a pitch is even thrown.
Of course, that doesn't mean I'm not disappointed. The Pens are a better team than Montreal. They're certainly better than either Philadelphia or Boston, which would have been their next options had they won. I'm not as familiar with the west coast, but I assume that San Jose would be tough, but Chicago would be beatable. Of course, this is all quite theoretical, since I would like to remind everyone that the PENS LOST.
It was...strange watching the game last night. Sidney Crosby looked good, but Malkin looked flat. Gonchar was, for the most part, absolutely terrible; I watched several times as the puck slowly trickled past him and he had to run and catch it. I suspect his days in a Penguin uniform are done. Marc-Andre Fleury got chased from the net; I think Fleury is overrated (not bad, just overrated). Everyone was slow to react to everything. The only individuals I was impressed with were LeTang and--when he was actually on the ice--Ponikarovsky, who looked like they were actually trying.
So now it's time to wait. There are only two things to look forward to: Hossa losing and training camp next year.