PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Former Penguins head coach and current NBC NHL analyst Eddie Olczyk checks in with Vinnie & Cook on Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan.
He looks back at the Penguins’ loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 1, and he previews Monday night’s matchup in Game 2.READ MORE: Rue21 CEO Credits Plus-Size Clothing For Pittsburgh-Based Chain's Recent Success
When he takes a look at the Pens’ performance in Game 1, Olczyk says, “They played a good game in stretches. I think they created enough chances, they hit a couple of posts. I think there a lot of positives to build off for the Penguins, but, the question is can the Penguins defend enough.”READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 405 New Coronavirus Cases, Increasing County Total To 93,684
Olczyk was surprised to see the Penguins stars getting involved in the scrum that ended the second period in Game 1.
“There is no question in my mind that Dan Bylsma and his staff have emphasized to his team since last year: ‘we can’t have our star players spending five minutes in the penalty box,'” Olczyk says. “When those guys are engaged in that kind of activity, it’s going to take away from what they do best. It’s proven that the Penguins can’t win that way, especially when their big guys are in the middle of it.”MORE NEWS: Pennsylvania Casinos Took In Record-Breaking $403 Million From Gamblers In March
Olczyk also offers up his keys to solving Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, and weighs in on the Pens’ goalie situation. For more, listen to the entire interview below: