Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals if you call it call it that was nothing short of a senatorial bloodbath.
The Penguins won 7-0, with seven different players each scoring a goal. The game was over by the first period, with Pittsburgh scoring four goals on a shellshocked Craig Anderson. The scored one and two more goals in the second and third periods, respectively, to put a stamp on the win.
When Pegula fired Bylsma and Murray back in April, he made it clear he wanted to instill three characteristics into the organization that had been lacking: discipline, structure and communication.
Botterill’s plan checks all three boxes.
He’s pretty much done everything you can do in hockey, from being a player, being involved in evaluating, drafting, developing and then molding those players between two teams, the AHL and the NHL team, Pegula said. That takes a lot of discipline and a lot of structure.
You can see he’s well prepared. He’s been through the wars with the Pittsburgh organization.
That kind of goal-scoring production could help to fulfill some of those expectations Niedereiter talked about.
I’m not concerned about it at all, Niederreiter said. I’m still very young and I know I have a lot of room to grow. I haven’t had my best season yet.
With the ice time and everything there’s a lot of things I want to get better (at) and can get better. The more money you make the more pressure you will get from the outside perspective, but you have to perform on the ice and you have to do what you can do.