After a stretch of a 15 game winning streak, when practically everything was going right and breaking in their favor, the Pittsburgh Penguins got a cold dose of reality when they again showed up to a game flat, and again got blown out of the building early.
It's a tough lesson to learn, but a lesson that would be taught almost every single time in the NHL. If you don't start a game with the right mindset, it's going to get ugly in a hurry.
It can't be about new faces, the Rangers welcomed Ryane Clowe to the lineup and he was awesome scoring his first two goals of the season. They also had Derrick Brassard for his first game and he too looked like an all-star for his opening performance in front of the NY crowd.
On the other side of the coin, the Pens were flat, listless and pretty disinterested in playing puck control style. Or any sort of defensive effort or coverage. Do all that and you hang your goalie out to dry, and that's where Marc-Andre Fleury was.
For the Pens, it's time to regroup and get back at it. These same Rangers come to Pittsburgh tomorrow night, and if the boys in black and gold show up, maybe they can actually make it into a hockey game.
If not, memories of a 15 game winning streak will be even further in the past and the new streak that will be starting will be that of a 3-game losing streak after Friday.