(TORONTO, ON) — The Pittsburgh Penguins promised to heed the lessons and get back to work on Sunday after they lost to the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in overtime on Saturday night at the Scotiabank Arena. It was the seventh straight Penguins playoff game loss, which spans three seasons. Players were benched, Montreal goalie Carey Price was untouched and unbeatable, and the Penguins have just an 18% chance of advancing.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are in trouble, and it goes beyond the 1-0 series deficit to Montreal. Justin Schultz described the power play, but it could be broadly applied.
“We got some good looks, some good chances. Obviously, there is always room for improvement,” the Penguins defenseman said. “I think we can do a better job of moving, supporting each other, outworking the PK, but I think we’ll be fine.”
The Pittsburgh Penguins are in trouble, and it goes beyond any goaltending controversy, scapegoating, or emotional attachments.
If the Penguins think they will be fine, perhaps that is the first part of the problem. For the hockey interested, let’s first explain what the Penguins and Sullivan did right, then, what they did wrong will become clear.