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0-2: Missed Chances and Penalties, Penguins Lose to Philly 5-2

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Pittsburgh Penguins Mike Sullivan

The Pittsburgh Penguins (0-2-0) began the first period exactly as they ended the third period on Wednesday — by giving up three consecutive goals. The Philadelphia Flyers (2-0-0) again scored the first two goals while uncovered just feet from the goal, in one case literally. Despite the Penguins’ puck dominance for a solid 30 minutes in the middle of the game, they could not beat Carter Hart, could not stay out of the penalty box, and could not limit mistakes.

Travis Konecny completed the hat trick late in the third period, and Philadelphia beat the Penguins 5-2 at Wells Fargo Center on Friday night. The Penguins lost both of the two-game set in Philadelphia, and judgment of their play is a matter of perspective.

In the first period, the Penguins successfully killed off the first 111 seconds of their second too-many-men penalty in two games. However, in the waning seconds of the penalty kill, defenseman Chad Ruhwedel took a tripping penalty, and the Penguins PK wasn’t so good on the second kill. Travis Konecny (1) was the last stick of the quick three-pass strike seven minutes into the game. Konecny quickly buried the chance.

Ruhwedel was in the lineup after Penguins coaches broke up the Mike Matheson-John Marino pairing and dropped Matheson to the third pair. Cody Ceci became the healthy scratch.

Remember the crack about “feet from the goal?” Just over two minutes later, Philadelphia outnumbered the Penguins in the crease, and Konecny (2) was able to guide the puck into the net by turning his skate blade sideways. Since he didn’t make a kicking motion, the goal stood.

Then two minutes after that, Philadelphia defenseman was uncovered by the Penguins wingers Colton Sceviour or Sam Lafferty. Provorov was wide open as he stepped forward into the LW circle at full speed and snapped a wrister over Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry’s stick side.

The Penguins’ top defensive pairing with Brian Dumoulin and Kris Letang was on the ice both 5v5 goals against.

Television replays also showed Jarry also had a broken paddle on the third goal, but that enough. Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan made the first goalie swap of the season and called upon backup Casey DeSmith.

However, the Pittsburgh Penguins had a rally. Just 59 seconds after Philadelphia staked its 3-0 lead, Sidney Crosby scored his second goal of the season, which was also his second power-play goal, too.

With better movement and coordination, Crosby cut across the slot. Jake Guentzel’s pass was deflected, but Crosby (2) quickly backhanded the loose puck over Carter Hart’s glove hand.

The Penguins scored again just 32 seconds later. The third line scored its third goal of the season on a textbook zone entry and net drive. Center Mark Jankowski sprung Jared McCann into the offensive zone while Brandon Tanev raced to the net. McCann’s hard wrister created a quick rebound that Tanev (2) finished.

The second period had the unfortunate distinction of resembling a structured hockey game. Neither team lit the lamp, but the Penguins had a trio of two-on-ones and a Jason Zucker breakaway. However, Hart flashed his future-Vezina-winner pedigree, and the 3-2 Philadelphia lead stood.

In the second, the Penguins also gave away a pair of power plays. During the carryover power play from the first period, Kris Letang took a hooking penalty. Later in the second period, McCann ceded back the man advantage when he took a silly elbowing penalty.

The Pittsburgh Penguins outshot Philadelphia 10-4 in the second period and 24-13 after two periods. DeSmith was not often challenged after replacing Jarry.

However, the Penguins turned the puck over on a three-on-two, and Philadelphia ended the Penguins’; hopes. Philadelphia quickly transitioned, and Konecny (3) was uncovered on the backdoor, and he again deflected the puck into the net with his foot or leg.

Oskar Lindblom (2) scored the empty netter.

DeSmith stopped 12 of 13 shots.

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Katz
Katz
9 months ago

Pick your post game comment. “Have to stay out of the box” , “we need to come out harder” and my personal favorite , We didn’t get the bounces”.

Now after getting beat twice by a better team get ready for two more af the hands of Washington. They will now be physically pounded perhaps injured, and lose the next two. An 0-4 start and they will deserve it.

Sadly the writing was on the wall , and Steve Mears trying to drone positive is irritating to say the least Over – Under on Sullivan?
17 games.

Last edited 9 months ago by Katz
Cal
Cal
9 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Faaaack…what are they in the last 10 games 1-9? Sully effed this game at the start with his momentum breaking too many men penalty. Dumb penalties…Zucker? WTF? McCaan? Lazy stick penalties and no one to keep the crease clear for Jarry. Letang -4! The best forward for the Pens was Tanev. My patience with Sully’s coaching is coming to an end real fast unless he gets a grip on these guys. Malkin hasnt had a point in the last 6 games and they were big games. He didnt look like 9.5 mil. , the list goes on but Sid is… Read more »

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
9 months ago
Reply to  Cal

When JR picks up a physical player Sullivan won’t play him. Sullivan must go!

Cal
Cal
9 months ago

This team started trending downward the day they traded the Physical Cole and Reaves for(in my opinion) the most overrated player of that time the bag of pucks Brassard.

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
9 months ago
Reply to  Cal

I AGREE CAL 100%

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
9 months ago
Reply to  Katz

I hope under!

Ricardo58
Ricardo58
9 months ago

The discouraging aspect of this loss is the Flyers play the game the Pens want to play. Speed and skill. The Flyers didn’t play a heavy game during either of the first two contests.

Well, if you are a fan of the Minnesota Wild, the prospects of a high draft choice are looking good.

Lastly the thinking, a lot of good things by the Pens tonight during the loss, will only add up to more Ls.

Yoi. Go Pens.

Eric Bouchard
Eric Bouchard
9 months ago

Sully will probably bring is 8 track tape with the same lame explanation on why they lost. Its the same Tape he’s playing for the last 2-3 years. Same system, same kind of small speedsters teams. getting pounded over n over again. No bigger player to help those aging star players. Same results

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
9 months ago
Reply to  Eric Bouchard

ERIC I totally agree with you!!

Spike Shepherd
Spike Shepherd
9 months ago
Reply to  Eric Bouchard

Stale system, failure to make adjustments, bad trades, bad signings.

Michael Hanczar
Michael Hanczar
9 months ago

Where is Gino?

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
9 months ago

Malkin is playing like he doesn’t care. Letang is playing as bad as he has the last 2 years. Guentzel doesn’t seem to believe in playing defense. Also JR next time your making a trade you might look into a D man to clear the crease? So many problems so few answers.

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TCurtis
TCurtis
9 months ago

Underachieving Pens can’t get motivated?
Too much talent, too little effort!
Looks like this season could be worse than 2019 and 2020 !

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