What Went Wrong with the Pittsburgh Penguins?

May 13th, 2010 by Alison Myers Leave a reply »

The Pittsburgh Penguins were a heavy favorite to defeat the Montreal Canadiens in game seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Wednesday night.  

The Penguins had every advantage: home ice, two superstar players, and an experienced roster that had gone on an amazing run to win the Stanley Cup in 2009.

Today, Montreal is getting ready to face the Boston Bruins or the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Finals.  

The Penguins, on the other hand, are packing up to head home for the summer.

How could this have happened?

There were several key things that I felt the Penguins needed to clinch the series, yet were non-existent throughout seven games with the Canadiens.



The Penguins only managed more than two goals in games one and six.

Their offense, consisting of superstars like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, was noticeably absent in this series.

Crosby, who has earned a reputation for coming up big when it counts, was shut down throughout the series. He only managed one goal and four ...

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