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Inside the Locker Room: Are the Pittsburgh Penguins Fragile? (+)



Pittsburgh Penguins, Jason Zucker

The Pittsburgh Penguins have not simply lost six games in a row (0-5-1). They have coughed up, gagged away, and squandered multi-goal leads in the process. They gift-wrapped comebacks like a Macy’s seasonal employee for Edmonton, Boston, and Buffalo.

With each loss, there were fewer answers until it boiled down to turnovers and the vexing, head-scratching timing of them.

While the Penguins have given up leads, they have not been able to mount a comeback. Once they fell behind each of the six previous opponents, that was it. Done.

Are the Pittsburgh Penguins fragile?

Rather than delivering a column, to which I would have answered in the affirmative, I’ll let the players have the say. The Penguins seem to be seeing ghosts. They don’t look comfortable with a lead, and they are trying too hard to put teams away or score more goals instead of managing the game. Those fears have manifested in the effort to avoid them.

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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.