This has been like watching the same game over and over again every night. The Pens out hit and out shot the Devils but they continue to have lapses in defense and Fleury continually faces less shots than the other goalie and is continuing to give up more goals. Obviously I am not laying the blame at the skates of Marc Andre, but currently he is not playing well. And now with Jordan Staal back out, this is turning into a real problem and this team needs all hands on deck if they plan to not fall completely out of the playoff race. It is only January, but the Pens are just a couple of points away from 9th place, and an avalanche of points away from first in the conference.
The Devils got great goaltending tonight as have each and every team the Pens have played recently. Brodeur played well, and they got enough offense in that second period to make the difference.
After the Penguins scored first, the Devils did not get on the board until the 2nd period when Adam Henrique scored a short handed goal at the 8:39 mark in the second which changed the momentum of the second period. Kovalchuk, who continues to destroy the Pens game in and game out, scored less than 3 minutes later. Zubris then had a tip in on the Power play, to make the game 3-1 just a minute into the 3rd period to put the game completely out of reach.
Game in and game out, the Penguins special teams is a problem. Either not scoring on the power play, giving up power play goals or now short handed goals. They just got Park back from injury, Martin has been playing about a week since he came off the Injured list. Bortuzzo, who is still not over his concussion yet, is back at Wilkes Barre. And now, Staal is back on the shelf. I am starting to wonder if we will ever see Staal, Malkin, and Crosby ever play again together. That is a topic that I will cover very soon!
The Penguins get a couple of days off before they will face the Senators on Tuesday at home, then go to our Nations Capital to face the Caps on Wednesday. I have said this repeatedly. They need to get a win to stop the bleeding. This is becoming a habit. And not one they would like to carry on for any period of time.