Pittsburgh Penguins Defeated By New York Islanders: Time to Worry

February 12th, 2011 by Todd Pataky Leave a reply »
The Pittsburgh Penguins lost on several fronts tonight when they were soundly beaten by the New York Islanders.

This is the same Islanders team that the Pens beat easily on Feb. 2. This is the same Islanders team who are 14th out of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference.

If they are losing by six to the Islanders, how are they ever going to beat Philadelphia, or Tampa, or Washington when the games really start to count?

I hate to say I told you so, but if you read the article I posted earlier in the week, you would see that I may have seen this coming.

Playing without their two best players, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the Wilkes-Barre call-ups showed that they aren't afraid to get physical with their opponents.

Of course, all that fighting left little energy for scoring goals or playing defense. At times, the game looked like a highlight reel of people auditioning for the part of Happy Gilmore: Lots of fighting, precious little skating.

The Penguins took 166 penalty minutes, a number that will not improve on their league-lead as the most penalized team in the NHL. Only Alex Goligoski, Paul Martin, Jordan Sta ...

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