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Penguins Need More From Crosby And Malkin

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

How could it be?

Sidney Crosby went into the Penguins' game Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers without a goal in seven games. Evgeni Malkin hadn't scored one in 10.

How could it be that the two stars failed to shine for so long?

The Penguins are paying big, big money to Crosby and Malkin to deliver so much more. Crosby did get a goal against the Flyers -- his first point in three games -- but it wasn't enough in a 2-1 loss to a team that should have been overmatched after coming in with a 6-10-1 record and playing Tuesday night in Ottawa. It was the ninth time in 10 games the supremely talented Penguins failed to score more than three goals. They went 4-6 in those 10, losing the past three. They had just one power-play goal and no five-on-five goals in each of those three losses.

Crosby and Malkin are too talented to have this kind of slump. We saw their amazing skill Wednesday night midway through the second period. Malkin, with the puck along the right boards and the Penguins on the power play, spotted Crosby in front alone behind Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann. In an instant, the puck was on Crosby's stick and, in another blink, it was behind goaltender Ray Emery. It was a marvelous goal.


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Evilpens's avatar

Ron(I HATE Hockey)Cook pontificating on Hockey is Priceless

The Problem is Sid DEMANDS to have 2 3rd Line Ham & Eggers on his wings Kunitz & Dupuis, Teams just worry about Sid & say to then other 2 Prove you can beat us & time & time again they prove they can’t

Gino hasn’t had Neal all seaseon save for the last 2 games & Jokinen is a ghost for almost the whole game &  has a nice play or 2

Posted by Evilpens on 11/14/13 at 10:02 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Crosby and Malkin are too talented to have this kind of slump.

Well obviously they aren’t, because it’s happening.

It happens.

Posted by Primis on 11/14/13 at 11:45 AM ET


i thought everything bad in Pittsburgh was Marc-Andre Fleury’s fault ?

Posted by mc keeper on 11/14/13 at 12:03 PM ET


Even Claude Giroux has scored since they last scored.

The Problem is Sid DEMANDS to have 2 3rd Line Ham & Eggers on his wings Kunitz & Dupuis, Teams just worry about Sid & say to then other 2 Prove you can beat us & time & time again they prove they can’t

Blah, blah, blah, what does any of this have to do with Crosby’s ability to push the puck past the goal line?

You keep whining like a petulent child about Crosby’s linemates but he’s still on pace for 40 goals and 109 points.  You whined like a petulent child last year and he was 4 points off the league league while missing a quarter of the season.

Jesus, just shut up.

Posted by Garth on 11/14/13 at 12:28 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Blasphemy ! I tell Ya….

How dare one criticize the Great and Powerful Crosby??

Oh the Hockey Gods won’t take kindly to that sort of talk….someone get bettman on the phone and start an investigation immediately.  confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 11/14/13 at 01:31 PM ET

awould's avatar

You keep whining like a petulent child about Crosby’s linemates

Seriously. Crosby has the most points in the league, so his ham&egg; linemates are capable of scoring goals.

I can’t believe I’m defending Crosby.

Posted by awould on 11/14/13 at 01:55 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

I can see by the ASSHATS that I blocked that the RW’s fans are commenting on a Pens column by Ron Cook, Now you know why Brian Metzer the former Pens Blogger here said you were a Bunch of Jackoffs & why I have blocked you

Posted by Evilpens on 11/14/13 at 02:17 PM ET

awould's avatar

Blocking people who disagree with you is ignorant and closed-minded. There really isn’t anyone on KK that is so rude or abrasive, or trollish, that I would block them.

Posted by awould on 11/14/13 at 02:49 PM ET


Cook should stick to Football.

Not that Malkin, in particular, couldn’t be better, but he’s swatting a fly and ignoring the elephant.

The elephant, in this case, is that the other 14 forwards have scored a whopping 4 goals at even strength this season without one of either Crosby or Malkin on the ice (6 if you count Deryk Engelland as a forward).

When Shero turned Staal/Cooke/Kennedy/Rupp/Letestu/Asham/Adams into some combination of Sutter/Bennett/D’agostini/Kobasew/Jeffrey/Connor/Zolnierczyk/Glass/Adams he subtracted some 70 goals from the roster while making the group a Hell of a lot easier to play against.

Even with Malkin and Crosby firing on all cylinders, the bottom 6 on this roster is probably the worst in the league, though the Sabers and Jets might have something to say about that.

Posted by larry on 11/14/13 at 04:05 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you go back & look at the preseason Odds Paul had up on here I responded with the bottom 6 outside of Sutter is Terrible

Cool thing in the Pgh. Media is to blame Gino, Again the problem come playoff time is teams shutdown Sid & make Kunitz & Dupuis beat them & 4 playoffs in a row they have proved they can’t, This is what the morons talking about Sid’s stats now or in Previous regular seasons miss the point. His line is shutdown watch how often Dupuis or Kunitz fumble or completely lose a pass from Sid

Posted by Evilpens on 11/14/13 at 05:23 PM ET



Checking the Confluence season preview, looks like I also saw it coming, EP. Here’s to tooting our own horns.

Least Fleury’s been solid. So far.

Posted by larry on 11/15/13 at 04:07 AM ET

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