After watching game 3 against the Rangers, I'd say pretty good.
But seriously. 7-0. In all likelihood about to be 8-0.
I wouldn't have predicted it, not in a long shot, but the Pens are proving why they're the cream of the crop in the East, and they're rising to the top at precisely the right time.
Their confidence is SKYROCKETING after this win at MSG. Not only does this team continue to cruise, they've yet to suffer even one loss. If a team can't beat them once, how can they beat them 4 times in one gig? Trust me, they feel on top of the world right now, and as if no one can take them down in a 7 game series.
This team more than has what it takes to win it all.
I remember watching them in the playoffs last year. They ran into an Ottawa team that was playing great hockey at the right time - a Sens team that had confidence soaring and dismantled of my Buffalo Sabres in five games because of it. Pittsburgh is the Ottawa of last year.
I remember after their premature exit last season, everyone said, "just wait til next year." People said, "they'll be there, contending for a Cup" --and they certainly are and they certainly will.
This team is no fluke. And they're built precisely the right way to win it all.
And with Montreal and Philly likely to engage in a see-saw battle all the way to the bitter end - dare I say game 7 - I think the Pens will have the upper hand next round, too. Confidence does a ton and their mental state is on a whole different level. If they dispatch of NYR in game 4, their battle wounds will be kept to a minimal. With few injuries, they'll be a force to be reckoned with, all the way until June.
I hope my Sabres can learn a thing or two from these young Pens - and rebound in 08-09 much in the way Pittsburgh did after a tough ending their previous season.