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Losing Streak Hits Five For The Los Angeles Kings

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

It was one fell swoop, er, one illegal hit against the one team they couldn’t put on the power play that doomed them Thursday. Dustin Brown’s hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz resulted in a five-minute boarding major that the Penguins used to put the game away 3-1 and send the Kings to a season-high fifth straight loss in front of 18,230 fans at Staples Center.

The reverberations were felt in the standings, too, because the Kings fell to ninth in the Western Conference, or out of the playoff picture for the first time this season. That’s based on a game in hand by the Colorado Avalanche, but it’s a minor detail in a bigger picture that is slipping from the Kings’ hands.

“It’s been tough,” Brown said. “It’s frustrating to lose five straight, especially in the situation we were in … it’s one of those things where you have to realize where you are. It’s been hard. It’s been brutal here for us, frustrating. But … we’re still fighting for a spot.”

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Videos- A Bit Of Nastiness Last Night In The NHL

Dustin Brown received a game misconduct for boarding last night.

 

 

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Video- A Second Chance For Kevin Stevens

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Former NHLer Kevin Stevens was once on top of the world, but a horrific injury in the '93 playoffs sent his life spiralling downwards for two full decades, even contemplating suicide. Friends and family have helped rebuild his life piece by piece.

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Reaction After The Pittsburgh Penguins Were Shutout At Home Last Night

The Penguins were defeated 4-0 by the Hurricanes...

from Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“We haven’t put games together,” Crosby said. “We’ve had one good game, [one bad game], exactly the way our record shows. If we knew the reason, I think we’d find a way to put them together. I think the main thing is just our compete level and finding that nightly, we haven’t been able to do that.”

When asked if the Penguins’ emotion was where it needed to be Thursday night, Crosby responded with a flat “no.”

That’s a bit surprising, given how relatively big the standings implications were for a game in early January.

With the loss, the Penguins are now three points behind the Hurricanes for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Morning Line- Mike Sullivan

“I think we did a lot of really good things, thought we had a lot of zone time. We had a significant amount of scoring chances. I thought we got inside tonight more than we have in the past handful of games.

“It stings when you lose, but I think we’ve got to make sure that we keep our heads up, keep getting more determined and make sure that we try to learn from each experience and move on. I think at this point that’s the only approach that we can take.”

-Mike Sullivan, head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins after a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.  The Penuins sit in the 7th spot in the Metropolitan Division.

Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has more on the Penguins and their scoring issues.

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Video- You Make The Call Penguins/Blue Jackets

Pens thought they had won the game early in OT.

They did win in the shootout.

 

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Video- John Tortorella On The Pittsburgh Penguins

via the YouTube page of the Columbus Dispatch,

Columbus coach John Tortorella says he doesn’t like the Penguins before his Blue Jackets take on the two-time defending Stanley Cup champs at PNG Arena in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017.

 

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The Decline Of Sidney Crosby?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Of the 29 NHL forwards who had played as least 500 minutes at five-on-five entering Saturday’s final pre-Christmas matches, just four had scored fewer than four goals at full and equal strength.

Arizona’s Max Domi had one. Kings rookie winger Alex Iafallo had two. Florida’s Aleksander Barkov had scored three.

And so had Sidney Crosby.

The generation’s greatest player scored 26 goals in 1,111:18 of five-on-five last year in leading the Penguins to their second consecutive Stanley Cup — one for every 42:45. But this year, No. 87 has three goals in 526:42, equating to one every 175:34.

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Memo to Mr. Eugene Melnyk: Your Senators play the most boring style of hockey in the NHL. It is tolerable only when you win, and, more to the point, only when you win in the playoffs. Winning 11 of 33 games doesn’t quite qualify, and wouldn’t even if the team had a new arena in, say, Barbados.

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Dallas Stars Trade Jamie Oleksiak To The Pittsburgh Penguins

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired a conditional fourth-round selection in the 2019 NHL Draft in exchange for defenseman Jamie Oleksiak. Pittsburgh currently owns two fourth-round selections in 2019, their own and Minnesota's. Dallas will receive the earlier of the two picks.

Oleksiak, 24, has recorded three points (1-2=3) in 21 games played this season. In six seasons with the Stars, he appeared in 140 regular-season games posting 22 points (7-15=22).

The 6-foot-7, 255-pound native of Toronto, Ontario was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (14th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. 

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The Slumping Pittsburgh Penguins

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Urgency. Conviction. Determination. Passion. Emotion.

Those five words appeared by the 90-second mark of Penguins coach Mike Sullivan’s postgame comments Monday following a 4-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center.

They described this one and the tenuous state of these Penguins perfectly, in that they need to have all of those things more consistently.

The Penguins have lost five of their past seven, but this one really hurt. It left them with just two of a possible six points on a three-game road trip, and it could trigger the shake-up that general manager Jim Rutherford alluded to last Wednesday.

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