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Penguins Postgame: Pens Outskated, What Happens Next?

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PIttsburgh Penguins, Mike Sullivan

The Pittsburgh Penguins were beaten by the Colorado Avalanche, 6-4 on Tuesday night. It wasn’t that Colorado won, it was how the President’s Trophy-leading Avalanche won.

They raced past the Penguins. At times, they made them look slow, and a little coaching tweak in the second period seemed to flip the game towards the Avalanche.

“I thought we were pretty good. Obviously, a few breakdowns there, and a team like that is going to make you pay,” Bryan Rust said. They were opportunistic. There are areas we need to clean up. But a lot of good, too.”

That was the Penguins’ take, but the 6-4 score might be a bit misleading. The Penguins scored a pair of garbage time goals to close the gap on the scoreboard. With a couple of minutes remaining, it was 5-2.

Jake Guentzel scored a late goal. Bryan Rust scored early. Evan Rodrigues and Mike Matheson also scored. The advanced stats say the Penguins vastly outplayed the Avalanche, but the eyes told a different story.

Guentzel led the Penguins with seven shots on goal.

The Pittsburgh Penguins get the New York Rangers at MSG on Thursday. Is that a must-win if the Penguins want second place? Do the Penguins really care about second place?

Paul Zeise of 93-7 the Fan had our Dan Kingerski on postgame to break it all down. Always a good time.

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Paul
Paul
1 month ago

Never led in six periods against the Lanche B team. Seen enough of the All-Star goalie for a while. DeSmith should split starts down the stretch. Should have played more in the early months, one of the few obvious mistakes that Sully has made this season. The remainder of the regular season is meaningless in terms of the standings. Far more important have two goalies ready for the playoffs unlike a year ago, which was a complete and utter embarrassment.

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DiegoPittFan
DiegoPittFan
1 month ago

This team, like the team over the last four years, has nothing beyond “the core.” Rangers will dispense in 6.

moe
moe
1 month ago
Reply to  DiegoPittFan

Not so sure of your pronouncement!
You will see a Crosby Malkin Jarry push to take NYR down

Michael Hanczar
Michael Hanczar
1 month ago

MIA Malkin. Thought that DeSmith should have played one of the Avs games. Save Jarry for NYR and Caps.

ric jefferies
ric jefferies
1 month ago

DENIAL…Sully needs to own reality and not keep saying: ” I think we played well, and I’m proud of the players and their effort, they played hard” ETC ! It’s agony as a fan to hear such nonsense, Id rather hear the truth and acknowledgement from the coach, more like: “I don’t know what to do or what needs fixing” because that’s what I see when I watch games. Penguins history and fan base have earned the right of “straight talk ” and so do players

Keith T.
Keith T.
1 month ago

It is what it is….. The Pens have an aging core and their prime players are simply not as dominant as they once were and it is especially noticeable against high quality good teams. This should not take anyone by surprise. It is obvious that the ownership/mgmt has made a very intentional choice to ride this core to the very end instead of selling off assets to get younger skilled talent. In the end – they might be holding an empty bag with a bunch of mediocre post season appearances. Fact is, Pens have Malkin (35), Crosby & Letang (34),… Read more »

DaGama
DaGama
1 month ago
Reply to  Keith T.

Well said.

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