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The Pittsburgh Penguins With A Bad Game Last Night

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Outshot, 12-6, and out-goaled, 2-0, in the middle frame, the Penguins had just escaped to the dressing room down, 3-1, to the spectacularly indifferent Carolina Hurricanes. If you've always wanted to see an AHL game and just never got around to it, you can cross that off the list if you've got a ticket stub from this one....

The Penguins didn't flinch; after all, they are themselves a markedly flaccid 8-8-1 since March 1. Between themselves and the 'Canes, it was hard to tell which was the team playing out a dreary winter and which was the team hawking playoff tickets between periods.

Dan Bylsma's team has spent too much time trying to differentiate between opponents who are already playing playoff hockey and those already playing for next season, and there's no longer much question as to the urgency level wafting off the Penguins.

You've heard that tired construct "If the playoffs were to begin tonight ... "?

Well, had the playoffs began Tuesday, the Penguins would be down, 1-0. Facing a genuine playoff-caliber opponent, they could easily have lost, 8-0.

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Sidney Crosby also went down in the game last night, watch below...

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NHLJeff's avatar

Well, had the playoffs began Tuesday, the Penguins would be down, 1-0. Facing a genuine playoff-caliber opponent, they could easily have lost, 8-0.

I agree they played terribly, but doesn’t the author think there’s a chance they might get up a little more for a playoff game? It’s no excuse, but with all of the injuries they’ve been dealing with and knowing they’re already in the playoffs, I’m sure it’s difficult to really bring it against a non-playoff team. That’s shouldn’t be the case, but it happens.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 04/02/14 at 08:10 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Sidney Crosby also went down in the game last night, watch below…

Wow. Bitch-slapped by a linesman. I’m surprised one of Crysbaby’s “protectors” didn’t come over and cold-cock the guy. grin

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/02/14 at 11:15 AM ET

SK77's avatar

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/02/14 at 12:15 PM ET

Good thing Edzo isn’t the Pens coach anymore. He’d have shown that linesman what hockey is really about.  rolleyes


B.S. aside, Wings need to lockdown that 7th spot. Not to take anything away from the Penguins, but the Wings would have a better shot starting off the playoffs against Fleury & Co. versus the Big Bad Bruins.

Posted by SK77 on 04/02/14 at 11:23 AM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Did you see how fast Crosby flopped?  It’s second nature with him.  I guess it’s hard to break old habits.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/02/14 at 01:43 PM ET

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