The Pens just aren't there yet. You could see signs of them coming around against the Lightning and the Jackets, but the Red Wings are not those teams.
It is a testament to the team defense of the Red Wings that a goalie who pitched a shutout was only the third star in the game. The chances for the Pens were few and far between. Malkin had the best chance, with a backhand on the power play and a wide open net, but the puck jumped over his stick. That play typified the game for the Pens.
The Wings needed just one goal, and that was scored on the power play on a bad rebound allowed by Fleury. He was decent for most of the game, but he had trouble with his rebounds.
The other factor was that the Wings handed the Pens three power play chances in the first period. If you wanted to win this game, you needed a goal on one of those chances.
Malkin and Crosby were both held in check again by the Wings, despite being on two different lines. Neither one could get much going or find much open ice to skate.
It's hard not to get discouraged by this one, but I think it's important to remember that the Wings are the defending Cup champions who added Hossa and Conklin and didn't lose anyone except Drake and Hasek.
Next up: It doesn't get much easier when the Sharks show up. If things go bad, maybe we'll at least see Eaton go after Cheechoo.