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Washington Landslide, Penguins Tank in Ugly 6-1 Loss

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PIttsburgh Penguins game, Washington Capitals win

Fourteen games into the 2021-22 NHL season, the Pittsburgh Penguins (5-5-4) have lost more games than they’ve won. They are precisely at .500 after another lackluster performance and feckless power play. This time they ceded a crucial four-point game to hated rival Washington Capitals (9-2-4), 5-1.

Washington took advantage of the Penguins early adjustment period. With four new players back in the lineup, Sidney Crosby, Brian Dumoulin, Marcus Pettersson, and Chad Ruhwedel, the Penguins were not cohesive in the first 10 minutes.

And the Capitals buried a pair, including a shorthander (it’s news when anyone scores on Penguins power play.

An early Penguins power included fumbling on the zone entry, which became a Capitals two-on-one. Tom Wilson slipped a pass across the slot to Martin Ferehavy (2), who ripped it short side past Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry, who didn’t get to the post.

The Washington Capitals again out-transitioned the Penguins. Alex Ovechkin and Garnett Hathaway got behind the Penguins defense, and Hathaway was open as he raced to the net. Hathaway (3) had the easy, tap, tap, taperoo.

However, the Penguins settled and began to find their legs later in the first period.

Jake Guentzel (4) converted a rebound in the final 90 seconds to keep the Penguins in the game.

But like moderates or level-headed humans, the Penguins scoring chances and sustained offensive pressure in Washington were rare.

In the second period, the already waning Pittsburgh Penguins legs appeared to leave them. Washington doubled them in scoring chances and high-danger chances.

More importantly, a pair of former Penguins scored goals for Washington.

Later in the period, Brian Dumoulin and Jeff Carter didn’t connect at center ice, and Lars Eller turned it into an odd-man rush. Daniel Sprong (3) fired the puck into an empty net behind Jarry.

Late in the second period, the Penguins were scrambled near their net. Conor Sheary (3) had plenty of time with a loose puck and snapped it past Jarry from point-blank range.

The Penguins managed just 17 shots in the first 40 minutes and trailed 4-1.

It certainly was not a welcome-back for Crosby or Dumoulin. In just his second game of the season, Crosby was without a shot in the first two periods and wasn’t impactful.

In two power plays, the Penguins mustered one shot and allowed one goal. The Penguins are scoreless in their last 25 power-play attempts. They had plenty of chances to establish the zone by winning three of four faceoffs.

Bryan Rust led the Penguins with four shots. Marcus Pettersson dished five hits, including one hard contact on Tom Wilson.

Rather than push hard in the third period, the Pittsburgh Penguins were again on the short end of the stick. Ovechkin delivered checks like the first of the month in the Penguins’ zone and created a turnover. Evgeny Kuznetsov (6) was the beneficiary and picked the corner on Jarry early in the third period.

Tom Wilson had a clean run towards Jarry midway through the third period. Wilson (4) neatly beat the Penguins goalie.

Six Capitals had multiple points.

The Penguins mustered only 26 shots.

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Katz
Katz (@paul)
21 days ago

ZAR= ZERO I say tootles Again I’d rather have Sprong than Pettersson and that’s on Sullivan Everything I posted in August – Sept unfortunately is happening. I was wrong on Simon . Very little fight in this group. Malkin makes very little difference. Washington w/o Oshie – Mantha- Dowd. How do you not be sellers? No energy. Move em out….. Move ’em out head ’em up get ’em up Move ’em out head ’em up get ’em up Rawhide Somehow I think I need a Maserati To ride ’em in Rawhide Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’… Read more »

Iwasiam
Iwasiam
21 days ago
Reply to  Katz

Let’s drink for every time you said “Rollin”….Ok this was the inevitable sh$t show. Gotta wonder when Boyle says I’m out. Carter is our best player and poor Evan is like don’t forget me. I’m sure Dan-ski will tell everyone Jarry was left hung out to dry and is still his A+ goalie. Sully looked like he was going to puke. Sid showed a little fight….very little…I liked how the Pens poor offense was followed by a laughable defense. Well hey Blackhawks here comes the Pens.

Peter Hoffman
Peter Hoffman
21 days ago

LMAO. At this point the Pens are just a comedy hour. They are really really bad.
Oh NO! Not the power play!
No speed, no offense, and no D.
Other than that, they suck!

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
21 days ago

This is not surprising nor does it concern me. Like the Steelers, the Pens are a fringe playoff team at best. I said that over the summer. What you are seeing is the lifecycle of a professional sports team in the salary cap era. The Pens had a great run. Its over. Accept it.

Uros
Uros
21 days ago

Nothing to worry or write home about. It takes time for those that were absent to get their legs under them. Not to mention to get used to the new lines. But be my guest and fire away after 2 games with completely different lineups. It’s like everybody just can’t wait for a chance to say something bad about this team. Well, fire away and see you in the playoffs.

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher (@the-scrivener)
21 days ago
Reply to  Uros

I said it over the summer while most on here were crying about lack of action by Hextall. If you want to live in your Pens delusions that’s fine by me.

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker (@rob71)
21 days ago
Reply to  Uros

Agree! I feel like some people should put their powers to good use. If they already “know” the outcome, good for them! Go place some bets and win a lot of money. There are no delusions here, just the reality that there are still a lot of games left to be played. Are they digging a little hole the past few games? yes, but There is still time to fix the problems with this team. Will they be a playoff team? Maybe or maybe not. Either way, who cares?

Last edited 21 days ago by Robert Shoemaker
Katz
Katz (@paul)
21 days ago

I’m on record . I posted my bet months ago. Penguins do not qualify. Honestly hope I lose but this was all predictable. Some dislike me on this board but I simply state what I believe. This roster is defective , the mix is bad and that unfortunately is mostly because of the Head Coache’s rigid ideological discipline. Why was O’Connor sent down while ZAR aka ZERO plays? Did you see 23 on a short handed breakaway get caught? Do you think Tanev gets caught? Did you see any pushback from a terrible loss, only Crosby offered offered distaste. Think… Read more »

SD Pens Fan
SD Pens Fan (@sd-pens-fan)
20 days ago
Reply to  Katz

Its easy to be on record saying “this team isn’t winning the cup, anything less than the cup is a failure.”
You could say that about 32 teams and be right 31 times every single year. But good for you. You’re special.

Peter Hoffman
Peter Hoffman
20 days ago
Reply to  Uros

Playoffs!? LMAO.

Good one. They will be lucky to finish 6th.

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[…] Pittsburgh: Crosby returns and Penguins lose 6-1 at Washington. […]

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[…] The Pittsburgh Penguins were overpowered by the Washington Capitals on Sunday 6-1. The Penguins just seemed all out of sorts early, especially on the power play where they allowed a short-handed goal. Sidney Crosby returned to the lineup, but did not have a shot through two periods and was not impactful. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now) […]

Frank
Frank
21 days ago

Excluding those blinded by their own rose colored glasses . .. . is there anyone . .. anyone. . . that honestly expected them to roll in the DC last night and win a game? If you watch enough hockey you know much of the season is very easy to predict. You did not have to be clairvoyant to see that coming. Here is what passes for good news these days . . . no one was injured and out until March . . . and at least by games end no one else appeared Covid infected. All that aside.… Read more »

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker (@rob71)
20 days ago
Reply to  Frank

So… what now?

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[…] Pittsburgh: Last night the Pittsburgh Penguins welcomed back Sidney Crosby to the lineup but got steamrolled by the Washington Capitals. […]

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