The game plan was laid on the table in the opening minutes. However, the Pittsburgh Penguins execution of said gameplan was indeed lacking or nonexistent. That’s being kind. It was awful. As a result, the Washington Capitals torched the Penguins for five goals on odd-man rushes or uncovered players in the Washington 5-2 beatdown of the Penguins on Saturday afternoon at PPG Paints Arena.
Did I write awful? I meant a slop-tastic, bewilderingly disjointed, disorganized effort more befitting of a training camp scrimmage. The Penguins had energy, and they weren’t flat. They were just all over the ice.
“We duplicated jobs in some of the wrong areas of the rink, where we get caught into the piles,” head coach Mike Sullivan said. “And as a result, we didn’t support one another.”
The breakdown and tactical analysis will not be for the faint of heart. Pregnant women, children, and those with heart conditions should not ride this ride.
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