Hedican: Penguins Are Dangerous; You Have To Play Your Best Hockey To Beat Them

Pittsburgh is seeking its third consecutive Stanley Cup title

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
April 11, 2018 - 9:18 am

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The Pittsburgh Penguins begin their quest for a third consecutive Stanley Cup title Wednesday, as they host Philadelphia in a first-round playoff series. While Las Vegas gives Nashville, Boston, and Tampa Bay the best odds of winning the Stanley Cup, the Penguins will be a tough out for any team.

“Oh, I think they’re dangerous,” Stanley Cup champion and NHL analyst Bret Hedican said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I really do. The Philly/Pittsburgh matchup is going to be a really fun one to watch with the way Philly has come on this season and Claude Giroux and the season he’s had. Boy, has he been fun to watch.”

Giroux scored 102 points this season, second only to Edmonton's Connor McDavid (108) for the league lead. He had 34 goals and 68 assists.

Giroux will need to be in top form for the Flyers to oust the Penguins.

“When you really drop that puck and you know what it takes to win, like the Pittsburgh Penguins (do), and they have a taste of what that champagne tastes like out of the Stanley Cup – that’s very motivating,” Hedican said. “Knowing that when that puck does drop that the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to fall right back in that (routine) of knowing what it’s like to play good, sound hockey – I think it’s going to take everything in Philly’s power to beat them.”

Stealing a game in Pittsburgh would certainly help the Flyers’ cause. Games 1 and 2 are slated for Wednesday and Friday, respectively. The series shifts to Philadelphia for Game 3 on Sunday.

"Can it happen? Yes,” Hedican said of the Flyers winning the series. “But you’re going to have to play your best hockey and you’re going to have to limit your mistakes. The depth and the knowledge and the know-how that the Penguins do have, they’re going to be dangerous."