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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Recap: Hurricanes 2 - Penguins 1

As I said in the Game Preview, "the Penguins have always had trouble with Cam Ward."

The Penguins didn't play particularly poorly, they just ran into a hot goalie. A loss like this usually isn't cause for concern, but when you're at the All-Star Break and you're in 10th spot in the conference, it's a big deal.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have definitely been playing better recently. Gone is the complete lack of effort we saw against Toronto or Florida. Unfortunately, the Penguins have dug themselves into a hole that will be very difficult to get out of. In most games, the Penguins will play about a period-and-a-half of good hockey. That's been their problem for a very long time. Unfortunately, their talent allowed them to win even when checking out for half of the game, so they continued to play that way. Now the injuries are building up and without a solid 60 minute effort they can't win.

The Penguins turned it on towards the end of the third period, but it was too late. Cam Ward shut the door and the rest is history. Again, the Penguins didn't play particularly bad, but they didn't play good enough. Not good enough considering they are battling the Hurricanes for the final playoff spot in the East.


Damian Romano said...

I felt that after they gave up that first goal it all went down hill. We came out on fire controlling the first 15 minutes easily. The second period was horrible, we made Fleury work so hard. And you're right in saying Cam Ward was a genius. He definitely won the game for them. If Cooke could have just capitalized on that Malkin pass, we'd of had a whole new game.

Penguins Experience said...

The Penguins definitely have a problem playing for 60 minutes.

You're right, the second period was terrible. They tried again during the third, but it was too late and the power play continues to be horrid.

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