Embarrassing. I actually had to talk myself out of my entire recap being just that one word because it sums up the Pittsburgh Penguins perfectly. Game two was a beat down. The Penguins literally never had a chance in this game. It was scoreless for 28 seconds. That’s the closest the Pens ever got in this game. And for fun….here’s your daily “Jack Edwards pissed off at NBC for being bias” or in other words “the pot calling the kettle black” tweet of the night:
Ok LET'S TRY AGAIN. ANYTHING STRIKE YOU ABOUT A 5-1 SCORE? YEAH, DOC, THE BRUINS ARE KICKING THE PENS' ASS IN THEIR OWN BARN.
— Jack Edwards (@RealJackEdwards) June 4, 2013
It’s hard to even know where to start. Every aspect was just pathetic tonight. Defensively, the Penguins were clueless. Deryk Engelland was inserted into the lineup for who knows what reason. The sad part is he was probably the one that smelled the least of hot garbage in this game. The other five defensemen combined to be -11 with one point. Paul Martin had an assist on Brandon Sutter‘s goal in the first period which would be the only tally for the Pens in the game.
The game was already a huge dumpster fire by the time Sutter scored. Brad Marchand scored on a breakaway in the first minute of the game. Nathan Horton and David Krejci both scored later in the period to chase Tomas Vokoun from the game. Marc-Andre Fleury saw his first game action since game five of the Islanders series and his night didn’t go much better. He gave up three goals himself on just five more shots than what Vokoun faced.
Quite frankly, anyone could have been in net and the Pens would have gotten destroyed tonight. Tuukka Rask could have been a Penguin and Vokoun/Fleury could have been Bruins and the exact same result would have happened. Words can’t explain how bad the defense has been through the first two games of this series and Kris Letang has been the ringleader of it. He must be in a hurry to hit the beach.
Nine goals have been scored by the Bruins. Letang has been on the ice for six of them. But he’s still valuable on offense, right? Not so fast. The Pens are 0-for-6 on the power play in this series. Letang had one shot and no points to go along with his -3 tonight.
Game one was an issue of bad bounces. Game two was an issue of bad execution. That’s regression. Not progress. Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, and Pascal Dupuis were arguably the best line in hockey for most of the season. They combined for six shots and no points. The second line of Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, and Jarome Iginla are putting shots on net but they are a total liability defensively. No one is taking care of the puck at all. The Penguins have 20 giveaways through the first two games. The Bruins have three. That is not a typo.
When the Pens won the Cup in 2009, they found themselves down two games to zero in two separate series. Once against Washington and once against Detroit. The difference is that games three and four were in Pittsburgh on both of those occasions. That will not be the case this time. That being said, the series is far from over. It is not an impossible hole to climb out of. But it sure does feel that way after tonight. It’s going to have to be an entirely different team on the ice in game three. Especially mentally where they appear to be the weakest.