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Pittsburgh Postgame: What Went Wrong in Game 1?



The Penguins weren’t necessarily cruising through two periods Sunday, but they were in fine form and position to get a leg up on the Islanders.

Instead, the Pens find themselves down in their first-round series after being unable to keep up the pace.

Duquesne head men’s hockey coach Conrad Waite joined me for our first playoff edition of Pittsburgh Postgame, as we dissected what went wrong in Game 1 — and what was actually encouraging despite the result:

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A lifelong hockey addict, Matt has been fortunate enough to make his career in his sport of choice, working in high school, juniors, college and the pros in various multimedia roles. Previous to joining PHN, Matt was a credentialed Penguins/NHL beat reporter from 2016-18, including coverage of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. He contributes commentary and analysis here in various forms.

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1 year ago

It is only the first game, factor in the early start and the long rest, which affects a speedy team differently. If the team played 60 minutes, the results would’ve been favorable, even without the help of the pp. The pk was a step in the right direction, in this situation, nullified the pp. For sure, that pp goal would’ve been the boost the team needed for this particular game, an insurance that would’ve changed the outcome of the game. The Pens lost home ice advantage, they now need to win the next two of three games to get it… Read more »

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