Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 6/5/13

Everyone has heard the mantra. Well, everyone except the Pittsburgh Penguins apparently. It has been a bloodbath for the Pens thus far at home and defensive breakdowns have handed a two game lead for the Bruins. Photo Credit: Associated Press Dan Bylsma would not have guessed that his team would be outscored 9-1 in the first two games, but I would bet he would be even more shocked with how the goals came. Has goaltending been stellar? Not even close, but the team has hung Vokoun and Fluery out to dry. The issue is a combination of both a lack of effort and a lack of discipline in their own zone. The first goal of the series came off a three on three. Any coach wouldn’t mind even odds off the rush, especially with another forward back checking. Then everyone started becoming a spectator. Crosby glided through his own zone instead of being aware of his surroundings and most importantly left David Krejci wide open in the middle. One nothing Bruins. All series it has been the same story, with just different players. In game two, Krejci netted another goal off the rush, this time thanks to Jerome Iginla coasting through his own slot. If Pittsburgh wants any chance of winning the series, they have to play defense at a higher level, which starts with taking the body. Everyone perceives Boston as the bigger team. And their game is physical smash mouth hockey that will wear you down on every shift, in every period, of every game. However, the Penguins boast more “big men” or players that weigh in at over 200 pounds. Pittsburgh has 12 players over two Benjamins on the roster, while the Bruins only have eight players that are big men. There’s absolutely no reason to be banged around when two out of every three players are that size. I understand if Bylsma does not want his all star team to try and change their style of play in the middle of the playoffs, but something as simple as taking the body in front or getting a piece of a player on an opponents break out can be easily correctable. A lot has to change for the Pens to advance, starting from the back end. If anything close to the current defense keeps up, the goalie will need to be superb. Vokoun has proved he can get picked apart by the Bruins, but then again Marc-Andre Fluery has not held up much either, poorly playing his angles in the time he saw in game two. Is it too desperate to give Jeff Zatcoff a look? Recently recalled from the AHL, he won the team’s MVP award for the Manchester Monarchs and moving forward, he will be the guy in Pittsburgh. I’d guess Fluery gets the start, solely based on the fact that he got the job done last time the Cup came back to Steel City. Boston probably wished they could play game three immediately after putting in six goals on the road. At home, they are only more lethal, dropping five games in regulation all year as well as only one game at home in the playoffs. It’s hard to point out any flaws for the B’s all the way down to face offs where they have been dominant. Los Angeles has came back from down 2-0 in a series against St. Louis and rebounded to playoff form so quickly that most forgot they lost the first two games of the playoffs. The Penguins have the ability to do the same and get it back to home ice tied up at two. But if they truly want to win the Stanley Cup and be considered world champions, Pittsburgh needs to start playing defense. -Miller

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