Holy trap game, Batman!
The Pens just didn't seem to have it together from the start of the game. Matt Cooke took an interference call just 40 seconds in, and that was typical of the entire night.
The Pens took 10 minor penalties, resulting in 7 Phoenix power plays. The Coyotes used the power play to get two of their goals (the third was an empty netter). The Pens, by contrast, couldn't score on the power play and seemed stubborn in their insistence to carry the puck into the offensive zone, despite what you, me and everyone else watching could see, namely that the Coyotes were lining up to make the Pens dump the puck.
The only positive we can take out of tonight is that Brent Johnson looked pretty good in his debut.
All told, this was a thoroughly disappointing effort.
Let's hope tomorrow is better.
Next up: Yeah - tomorrow in Philadelphia. They better be up for that one, or the score will be 12-0, not 3-0.