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PHN Penguins Postgame: The Pens are Lost, Outlook Bleak After 5-1 Loss

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are lost. The swagger and confidence are past tense and head coach Mike Sullivan said his team needs to build preparation and readiness. Kasperi Kapanen, Marcus Pettersson, and Rickard Rakell couldn’t avoid it when asked after the Penguins 5-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

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In addition to lengthy comments about the team leaning on experience, finding confidence and resilience, Sullivan also used the kiss of death.

“I still believe in this team,” he said.

The addition of the word “still” made it much worse.

Sidney Crosby had five shots in his head-to-head matchup with Connor McDavid but McDavid had four points (1-3-4). Jeff Carter scored the Penguins’ only goal.

“Obviously we’ve got to make something happen because the playoffs are right around the corner and we’ve got to perform. We can’t be making these kinds of mistakes and allowing ourselves to kind of be trailing in the game a lot,” Kapanen said. “So it’s something we just got to clean up. How to do it, I’m not sure, but we just got to figure it out.”

The Pittsburgh Penguins were in the game but couldn’t beat Edmonton goalie Mike Smith on a late second-period power play, despite a handful of rebound chances. Those were the Penguins’ last great chances.

They went quietly in the third period, and a competitive 2-1 deficit became a 5-1 walk.

“I thought we had a couple of good chances tonight, but as a team, we probably got a little frustrated when the bounces didn’t go our way. That’s just something we have to work through, especially with this last game. We’ve got to keep our heads up no matter what happens in the game and just keep grinding away because we know we’re good players. You know, we have a good team. So I think at this point, we’ve just got to fight through whatever adversity that we have in the games and keep moving forward.”

Readers can read the full postgame analysis and longer answer from head coach Mike Sullivan which touched on building readiness and preparation, as well as finding resilience. The PHN+ postgame with blunt analysis is available here. New subscribers can save $10 here.

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Mark Miller
Mark Miller
25 days ago

81 games and we still need to find our way. Does not sound or look good. I think Sullivan is gone after this years 1st round exit. And I would not blame any Urfa for leaving. The glory days are over, and I have to get used to it.just feel for the folks sitting and watching in person.

dave
dave
25 days ago

deSmith is a “sieve goalie”…………terrible……………golfing looms soon!

David
David
25 days ago

They lack confidence. There was no push back. These things are always talked about in terms of team. But if the team is guilty it is because the individuals lack confidence and have no push back. Who are those guys? Kapanen and Petterson have to be possibilities, since both were recently benched by Sullivan. Malkin? It boils down to the players.

Tom
Tom
24 days ago
Reply to  David

Sitting Boyle and dressing Kapanen is pathetic!

ric jefferies
ric jefferies
25 days ago

Hard to believe the the pens organization let it get this far. Now, hopefully, “the angry mob marching to the door of penguins front office, torches and pitch forks in hand” demanding answers, change, not answers like “we just weren’t good enough” sad. This is deeper than just a coaching change it will require I think changes above Sullivan as well. The constant reshuffling of lines to find answers indicates there was no idea how to address the multiple issues that needed to be looked at early in the season. Making trades for players without an overall assessment of WHAT… Read more »

Mary Lurwick
Mary Lurwick
25 days ago

Few observations: 1. Sully shouldn’t match Sid vs McDavid- it’s great for ratings on ESPN but in reality if you want to win the game, you put Teddy Blueger’s line against McJesus. 2. Teddy hasn’t played as well since they traded away ZAR. Like Sully said the sum of their line was greater than each individual player. 3. Unfortunately, Jarry’s injured and they wanted vindication for him this year and that may not be possible, especially if it’s an 8 week or more rehabilitation. 4 Seeing Zuck get injured again probably deflated their spirits during the game. 5. Hope for… Read more »

Lifeson74
Lifeson74
25 days ago

Taking Rakell who is awesome off the Crosby line didn’t help the cause for the Edmonton game. Maybe putting Rust back up there was to be a confidence builder for him but obviously it failed. Like I said Rakell Crosby and Jake should be the start of a rebuild. Maybe keep Letang at a lower cost but as for Rust and Malkin? I personally think Sid makes Rust look like a better player than he really is. Like Mario made Warren Young look better then he signed a contract with Detroit and went down hill after that. Rusts not physical… Read more »

Tom
Tom
24 days ago
Reply to  Lifeson74

Well said!

Rob St. Pierre
Rob St. Pierre
25 days ago

The irony is that last season Tristan Jarry’s presence was the reason, and this season his absence will be the excuse. Dark years ahead.

Tom
Tom
24 days ago

It’s amazing that Sullivan keeps sending out Kapanen and expecting different results! He hasn’t scored since the 11th grade picnic. The same can be said about Rodrigues! Hextall wanted some blue line toughness prior to the trade deadline and got nothing. Speed will never win a playoff series. Look for a 4 or 5 game mugging in the first round. Another first round exit and hopefully Sullivan would look elsewhere.

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