The Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves in trouble without answers. They are struggling to score, efforting in vain to keep the puck out of their net, and failing to gain points even when at least a single point seems assured.
Monday, the Penguins lost to the Anaheim Ducks 4-3. Despite a 5v3 for nearly two full minutes in the final two minutes, the Penguins gave up the game-winner on a shorthanded breakaway
Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief Dan Kingerski talked about the locker room scene, the heavy feelings that bordered on sullen exasperation. Dan also countered coach Mike Sullivan’s contention the Penguins controlled the play for much of the game. That statement, according to Kingerski, is not entirely true. He explained in detail what the Penguins did and didn’t do well, with some help from the shot map.
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin blamed himself.
“We know it’s coming. I know it’s coming,” said Malkin. “Maybe I should play a little bit back and play safety, but we were trying to score.”
Malkin spoke in hushed tones, his eyes most often downward. Despair filled the Penguins locker room. Radim Zohorna, who submitted perhaps his best game in the NHL, also stared at the floor, speaking with a sad sigh.
Dan also took reader’s questions which ranged from Kyle Dubas swinging a desperation Penguins trade to removing Sullivan, lineup changes, and what else can be done. Like and subscribe!