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5-Minute Penguins Postgame: What the Pens are Missing

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The Pittsburgh Penguins lost their second in a row and three-game points streak game to a screeching halt when the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Penguins 5-2.

Get the Dave Molinari Penguins’ postgame recap here.

And here is my analysis of the game. Penguins analysis.

While we didn’t offer much praise for the team, the Penguins were also not so happy with their performance.

“We just need to be better,” Penguins top-line winger Jake Guentzel said. “Plain and simple, it’s not good enough right now.”

Sidney Crosby, Bryan Rust, and Kris Letang were minus-4. Guentzel was a minus-5.

One of the Penguins playing very well, Jason Zucker said the same thing, “We have to be better,” Zucker said. “It’s as simple as that.”

As Kris Letang and I sat near his locker stall talking about the issues, he told me that the Penguins needed to play more simply.

Yet, none of that is happening, as the Pittsburgh Penguins have just two wins in their last 11 games. The standings are becoming an issue as the Penguins near the 20-game mark and are outside the playoff seedings.

There is something amiss about the team.

In the 5-minute Penguins postgame, we try to answer the question: What is wrong with the Pittsburgh Penguins?

Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Sallie
Sallie
14 days ago

We need to be better, it’s not good enough, simplify…blah, blah, blah. I am sick of it. Really. Pathetic.

Pete
Pete
14 days ago

We are all confused. Watching them play these last 11 games has been hard. No urgency. No energy. They are slow and soft. They are out-skated every game. They are losing on the boards in both ends. They are losing the race to loose pucks. When they have a lead you just know they are going to give it up. When they fall behind you just know they are not going to tie the game. You are right. We cant put our finger on it but we know this team is off. Lets hope they can turn it around. Lets… Read more »

Marc Badger
Marc Badger
14 days ago
Reply to  Pete

Quickly becoming a struggle to watch them, yup.

Jack
Jack
14 days ago

I think the team has no confidence in their goalies. They won’t say it but it shows on the ice when the team fights back and ties the game up or grabs the lead. Then almost on cue, Jarry or DeSmith let in a soft goal. You can see their demeanor change. It’s almost like they know it won’t last because they can’t count on them. Better see who is next in line from Wilkes-Barre because we are going nowhere with these two. Also, other teams know the Pens don’t finish the period. They just want to get off the… Read more »

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
14 days ago
Reply to  Jack

Goalies are not focused but the defense is so weak they rarely block shots or take the body they deserve what they are getting hard to watch

ric Jefferies
ric Jefferies
14 days ago

The path to higher consciousness (and maybe winning) is suffering. Are players and coaches experiencing enough pain to let go of outcomes, maybe? Go play pond hockey somewhere outdoors have fun for a while get back to PLAYING hockey. playing not to lose simply does not work. what I see is now desperation by coaches and players, not a good mind set.

Frank
Frank
14 days ago

Just too many veterans . .. too comfortable . . . playing for a franchise whose primary goal is to make it cozy. This is a group of veterans who have stayed too long at the party and as a result have no enthusiasm for what they do and even less interest in re-igniting the passion for what it takes to win at this stage of their career. They are very talented guys who might be better served playing elsewhere where they are not surrounded by a room of 30+ yo players that feel the same way. I suspect the… Read more »

Jeffery Bulger
Jeffery Bulger
14 days ago

To old, to slow, Malkin and LeTang should have be left go, they are part of the Problem they just really don’t contribute anything positive. Power play doesn’t exist. Truly the only team I have ever seen that is worse with more players than their opponent, they look clueless, they look like they are playing a game of hot potato instead of hockey, they just sling it anywhere, usually to the other team, sometimes I swear it looks like they don’t know they can skate with the puck. Changes need made asap or this year’s over. Sully’s lost this team.… Read more »