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Penguins vs. Hurricanes recap: Pens drop 4th straight under Sullivan

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The Pittsburgh Penguins fall 2-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes. Check out our analysis here.

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Another game, another loss. Saturday night so let's make it quick.

The Goals

Jordan Staal opened the scoring early in the first period when, on a Carolina power play, he dipped his shoulder, drove right past Olli Maatta and chipped a shot on net that hit Matt Murray but got in between arm and body and trickled into the net.

The Pens took their third penalty of the game in the first period (not advisable) and gave up their second PP goal against with this John-Michael Liles shot that changed directions and eluded Murray.

Pittsburgh would get on the board on their first power play chance in the second period from an Evgeni Malkin shot.

That would be it on the goals, unfortunately.

Some Thoughts

  • Bad penalty for Adam Clendening to take early in the game, he held a player for really no reason but in an obvious way. For a guy bordering on scratch territory, tough one to take.
  • Ian Cole was a healthy scratch to miss his first game of the season. Cole has had a rocky go of things, hopefully this gives him a little jump start.
  • The Penguins PP looked about a million times better with Trevor Daley replacing David Warsofsky on the top unit.
  • 38 shots for is good. 1 goal for is bad. Not sure what's going on and why this Penguin team can't score but here we are.
  • As Bob Errey pointed out, way too many rushes started by just one player, unsupported trying to break-through the defense. Just too hard to do that at the NHL level.
  • 5 shots on goal (and 6 hits) for Patric Hornqvist in his first game on the left-wing on the Malkin-Kessel line. Showed some jump even if he got no results.
  • Only one Penguin failed to have a shot on goal. That Pen? Phil Kessel :(
  • Nick Bonino only played 9:24 total and just 6:51 at even strength.
  • Team high 6 shots on goal for Conor Sheary. He looks good using his speed to generate but we'll see what kind of staying power he has on the top line. Undersized + fast + undrafted could equal the next Brian Gibbons if he can't produce. And nobody wants that.
  • Surprisingly, tonight was the first goal Jordan Staal has scored against the Pens in his 2+ years of being a Hurricane.
  • Matt Murray settled on in after the two early PP goals against.. By the end of the game he looked pretty comfortable, and for their credit, the Pens only had 26 shots on him and certainly played a much better game than the night before.

Another tough one to take and now we'll hold on tight until Monday night to at least try to go into Christmas break on a happier note.