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Why the Penguins Are Giving Up Leads (+)

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LAS VEGAS — The Pittsburgh Penguins lost a one-goal third period lead Monday at the Winter Classic. The preceding Thursday, the Penguins gift-wrapped a four-goal comeback to the Detroit Red Wings in a 5-4 OT Penguins loss.

The Penguins have won only 12 of 18 games they led in the third period this season. After the Classic, the Penguins are 12-2-4 with a third period lead.

That’s a far cry from the team that was nearly unbeatable last season when leading after two periods.

Last season, the Penguins were 32-1-2.

So, what has changed?

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.