The Pittsburgh Penguins did not sweep the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, instead losing 5-4 in Game 4 to set up a Game 5 in Pittsburgh. Without having seen a second of the game, I would choose to believe they lost on purpose as a way of making amends for destroying Zach Werenski’s face and scoring a goal while he was gushing blood.
In the aftermath of this loss, Penguins fans were feeling their feelings, so it seemed like the right time to a do a full-on mailbag (this is also what happens when you plan on writing a thing about getting extended rest after a short series and the team that can sweep loses Game 4 and ruins it).
So here are Penguins fans asking me things and me answering them.
This series is over. You can’t let a team as deep and talented as the Blue Jackets off the mat. They’re like a zombie or that German guy they set free in Saving Private Ryan. You have to kill them when you have the chance or they will eventually come back and kill you.
Some might say this is an overreaction to one loss to a very overrated, desperate team. Not me. This is sound analysis. I may even go to Tristan Jarry in net in Game 5 to stop the momentum, but the inevitable onslaught from the Blue Jackets is a foregone conclusion.
No matter what happens over the rest of this series, you will always have the memories of the 2016 Cup run. Not even John Tortorella can take that away from you.
Marc-Andre Fleury isn’t as good as Matt Murray. It is my understanding that the people in your fair city love the man because he’s so nice (he is!), but it still boggles my mind that he’s done what he’s done since 2009, while Murray won a Cup last year (with Fleury playing one game badly in the conference finals), and people still want to give Fleury the net back.
Fleury is at .923 through four games this postseason. You take that and run with it if Murray is ready for Game 5. Think of Fleury as a great run at a blackjack table. You’re hitting on 16 against a 20 and getting a 5. You’re doubling down with an 11, getting a 2, and the dealer is busting. You’re stacking chips. You’re feeling good.
You should get up and walk away and … do whatever Murray would be in this metaphor, which I’m confused about at this point, too. (Editor’s Note: Obviously Murray is craps. Wait, that sounds bad. Best odds to win, can play smart to mitigate exposure. Yeah. Craps.)
The thing you should be loving as a Penguins fan, besides all the wins and saves from Fleury, is this sort of showing could make him a real trade candidate in the offseason as opposed to settling for a buyout.
I am partial to this one.