Pittsburgh Penguins game went from great to a dud. Captain Sidney Crosby said it bluntly. Kris Letang didn’t sugarcoat it either. The Pittsburgh Penguins bolted to a 3-0 lead, then did none of the things that propelled them. Slowly, achingly slowly, the Philadelphia Flyers comeback win unfolded like a horror movie backstory. You knew what was coming, but nothing could stop it.
The Flyers Claude Giroux scored a goal with two minutes left, and the credits rolled, 4-3 at PPG Paints Arena.
“We can’t let allow games like this to happen,” Crosby said.
“There were 50-some minutes we didn’t play the way we can play,” Letang said.
The Penguins speed game became a chasing game. They now trail Philadelphia by two points and two games in the East. The tactical adjustments by Philadelphia played as much of a role in the Penguins’ decline as did the Penguins exhale.