DETROIT – Can you start practice two-thirds of the way through?
Might not be the worst idea given the Penguins’ recent struggles late in games.
First Dallas, now Thursday’s 4-3 loss at Detroit.
Which was worse? I’m taking this one.
They had so many chances. From Jimmy Howard robbing Sidney Crosby to the Penguins’ team-wide inability to get the puck into an open net, this was a game they should have won.
Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk were their impressive, usual selves, but they should have never been given an opportunity to make such an impact.
“We can’t play on our heels,” head coach Mike Johnston said. “We have to play on our toes.”
>>>It will be interesting to see how the Penguins address this one.
The penalty kill has seemingly righted itself – 12 for its past 12 – after giving up six goals in the first three games. But, seriously, how do you practice late-game situations?
“If you’re not smart and you don’t match their desperation, it will give them a chance to get back into it, especially with the talent and skill that they have,” Crosby said. “Up a man, it’s not easy. You have to find a way to execute in those situations.”
>>>The Penguins are not executing on the power play.
Sure, Thursday was better than Wednesday as far as getting set up and getting some sustained zone time, but they’re 0 for 5 over their past two games.
Not a huge cause for concern, but I’m wondering how much of this has to do with the other team adjusting.
>>>I thought Simon Despres was outstanding tonight – after a subpar game Wednesday.
He finished a plus-1, with six hits and an assist: that beautiful outlet pass that sprung Chris Kunitz.
Blake Comeau played arguably his best game as a Penguin: two assists, a plus-1, four shot attempts, three hits and two takeaways.
Liked him on a line with Dupuis and Malkin at center.
That’s it for me. Josh Yohe has the club in Nashville through the weekend.
Be GRATEFUL to each other,