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?