Penguins No-Show in Ugly Loss to Flyers – Pittsburgh Penguins – PenguinPoop Blog


To borrow from the Nineteen Seventies romance traditional Love Story, “the place do I start” to explain the carnage that befell at Wells Fargo Middle final evening?

The easiest way to sum up is to say the Penguins have been late in arriving for the 7:00 p.m. drop of the puck. And for the primary 20 minutes. And the second.

I suppose they confirmed up within the third interval, outshooting the Flyers, 15-8, and potting a few token power-play targets to shut the hole to 4-2 and make issues fascinating for a couple of minutes earlier than their hosts struck for three-straight targets. However for probably the most half, we have been by no means within the sport.

We simply couldn’t get the motor going. Whereas the Flyers lived as much as their nickname, we appeared at instances to be skating in molasses. 

If I didn’t know higher, I’d suppose our guys have been decided to complete the season the best way they began. With sloppy, disjointed losses to the Flyers. If that’s the case, final evening they greater than succeeded.

In honor of Evgeni Malkin’s return following a 23-game absence just about nothing went proper. We struggled to defend and had problem penetrating the prime scoring areas. After we did break by way of, we appeared intent on making the proper play as an alternative of preserving it easy and simply getting the puck on web. A nasty previous bugaboo.

Within the course of, we turned 28-year-old journeyman goalie Alex Lyon, who has a .250 high quality begins share following the 7-2 Philly triumph, right into a Vezina candidate.

I do know I’m being a tad harsh. Our guys simply accomplished 4 intense, high-stakes matchups with the Bruins and Capitals and acquitted themselves extraordinarily nicely. They have been due for a letdown. Very human and really comprehensible. Nevertheless it underscores how extraordinary (or worse) this staff may be when it isn’t targeted and/or firing on all cylinders. It’s not just like the Flyers are large killers (11-17-4 of their previous 32 video games). We made them seem like they’re.

Get it out of your system, boys. The playoffs looming…

Puckpourri

Philly outshot the Pens, 45-37, (together with a whopping 37-22 margin over the primary 40 minutes) and dominated within the faceoff circle, profitable 68 % of the attracts. The Pens have been two-for-four on the facility play, the Flyers one-for-three.

Sidney Crosby and Jason Zucker scored for the black and gold. Each tallies got here with the man-advantage.

Geno skated with Zucker and Kasperi Kapanen on the second line. Jeff Carter centered a recast third line with Jared McCann and Frederick Gaudreau. Teddy Blueger slotted between Zach Aston-Reese and Colton Sceviour. Sid’s line remained intact.

Mark Friedman changed Mike Matheson, listed as week-to-week with a facial harm, on protection. The previous Flyer was a minus-two with two hits and 4 blocked pictures in 13:02 of ice time. Following the Pens’ rocky begin, coach Mike Sullivan juggled his pairings, to little or no avail.

Casey DeSmith exited following the second interval because of a lower-body harm after yielding 4 targets on 37 pictures. He was tagged with the loss. Tristan Jarry allowed two targets on seven pictures in reduction.

The Pens (71 factors) fell again right into a tie for first place within the MassMutual East with the Capitals, who’ve a sport in hand. We presently maintain a three-point edge over streaking Boston (two video games in hand) and a four-point lead over the stumbling Islanders (a sport in hand).

No black-and-gold skater completed the sport a plus. Paced by Sid’s line (minus-12), the forwards have been a collective minus-20, the protection a minus-11. Aston-Reese, Blueger, Gaudreau, McCann and Sceviour have been even. In stark distinction to the highest line, the fourth line dominated in Corsi occasions (a collective 45 For and 22 Towards).

Whereas we’re on the topic…

High Canine?

A worrisome pattern. In accordance with Pure Stat Trick, Sid’s line has been principally owned by the opposition over the previous six video games. You need to return to the 7-6 and 5-1 victories over New Jersey a few weeks in the past to seek out consecutive video games the place the road was a constructive in Corsi occasions.

How dangerous have they been? Learn the metrics and weep.

 

Crosby

Guentzel

Rust

Date

Opp

Outcome

CF

CA

+/-

CF

CA

+/-

CF

CA

+/-

4/24

NJD

4-2 W

10

20

1

10

19

E

10

22

1

4/25

BOS

1-0 W

16

11

1

19

10

1

18

10

1

4/27

BOS

1-3 L

12

23

-3

12

22

-3

10

22

-3

4/29

WSH

5-4 OT

21

21

-1

21

20

E

21

22

-1

5/1

WSH

3-0 W

10

16

2

10

15

2

9

16

2

5/3

PHI

2-7 L

7

22

-4

7

22

-4

6

21

-4

I posed the query in my final article. However after carrying the staff on his shoulders for a lot of the season, might Sid be carrying down at exactly the mistaken time?

*You’ll want to take a look at Rick Bukers books,

 
 


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