Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/11/12 at 01:51 PM ET
from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The company line coming from the Penguins’ room Tuesday night was surprisingly upbeat. It sure seemed as if coach Dan Bylsma told the players to keep things positive despite the ugly 5-1 home loss to the Ottawa Senators, the team’s fifth consecutive defeat. The players talked of liking their effort but hating their execution in key spots. They came across as lying through their teeth. Bylsma did his part, talking mostly about “some serious gaffes” that led to a couple of early Ottawa goals that made for a long night.
It really was a crock.
The effort stunk.
It’s one thing to lose a big game at home. It’s something inexcusable to not show up. The Penguins weren’t ready to play at best and didn’t seem to care at worst.
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