Pittsburgh Penguins’ Recent Cold Streak a Necessary Part of Growth

November 12th, 2009 by Sergey Zikov Leave a reply »
When the Pittsburgh Penguins started the season tying the best October record by a defending Stanley Cup champion, they exceeded everyone's expectations. Nobody thought the team would shoot out of the gate looking like a juggernaut that just cleaned the deck with opposing teams.

But they did. And they were winning without playoff hero Max Talbot .

It was all too good to be true in the Steel City. Penguin players were even forced to answer questions like, "Do you ever get tired of winning so much? "

While every answer was nearly the same for everyone, it was a question that nobody minded fielding.

But now, that tune has changed considerably. Dan Bylsma's Penguins have lost 60 man games from many important players on the team and can't find any way to win. With half the Opening Night defense on the Injured Reserve as well as the NHL's leading scorer from a year ago, the once mighty Penguins had their claws removed.

Bylsma has been forced to put many players in roles that they normally would never play regularly. Alex Goligoski has seen over 25 minutes of ice time nearly every night. Chris Bourque has seen time on the f ...

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