Saturday, January 03, 2009

Panthers 6, Penguins 1

Every time you think the Pens have hit the bottom of this slump, they find a new way to sink lower. Today was marked by the complete ineffective quality that pervaded everything they tried. Yes, the refs were horrible, but that's not why they lost this game.

The Pens came out with fire, life and intensity in the first period. They didn't get the first goal, as the Panthers weathered the storm, and the Pens were unable to muster any kind of momentum for the rest of the game.

The PK completely fell apart when the game was still in doubt in the second period, and neither goalie was able to stop much of anything.

In case you're not aware, this marks the 10th loss in the last 13 games. The Pens are now on the outside looking in at the playoffs, and they have a losing record at home.

I'm not sure where the team goes from here. I don't know if a coaching change is the right move. I don't think Therrien is the problem, but just as he's changed goalies when a change was needed (not because it was the goaltender's fault), it might be time to shake things up behind the bench.

It seems like most of these guys still care, and you can't really point to anyone and say they're not trying hard. The results just aren't there right now. Given that we've seen the amazing success over the past two regular seasons, you have to think they can turn it around.

Next up: It doesn't get any easier. The Pens play at MSG on Monday night.

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