It’s more similar to a video game than reality. Every time the Pittsburgh Penguins pass a level, the game takes away a player. Have a bad start, lose a defenseman. Rebound from the bad start, lose two more defensemen. Win four games in a row, and build a lead in the standings–lose three forwards.
It’s like a sadistic game of Shoots and Ladders with no finish line.
The Penguins injury string stands in contrast to their current four-game winning streak. Oh, and the Penguins lost their goalie in the last game, too. Starter Tristan Jarry is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and did not skate on Wednesday.
Some readers said they believed they saw Jarry rubbing his arm, shaking it, and flexing it on the crossbar on Monday night. Pittsburgh Hockey Now did not see it, so we can’t confirm, but head coach Mike Sullivan was also caught off guard.
Nevertheless, backup goalie, lack of centers, the Penguins beat the formerly first-place New York Islanders, known for rigid defensive structure. RIGID.
So, in the words of goalie Casey DeSmith, “We gave them some of their own medicine.”
And, get this, the Pittsburgh Penguins could play a tight defensive game against the masters of such and win.
But now the next big test comes. Literally.