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‘Changes need to be made’; Penguins GM Jim Rutherford speaks following playoff series loss

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Rutherford spoke today, four days after the Penguins 3-1 series loss to the Canadiens.

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On Friday, the Penguins fell 2-0 to the Canadiens, sending them packing from the 2020 NHL Playoff qualifying round in four games.

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford spoke this afternoon about a variety of topics.

Rutherford opened stating that the team had a good regular season and dealt with adversity, but mentioned that he needs to review what happened at the end of the last two seasons.

Rutherford specifically mentioned that he is concerned that when things don’t go the way of the Penguins, as was the case in Game 1 of the series, things “tend to fizzle out” for the team.

Rutherford spoke about goaltending but did not want to point fingers.

Rutherford called out the third pairing of Jack Johnson and Justin Schultz for their play at one point.

Despite mentioning that changes needing to be made, Rutherford said he does not want to actively pursue breaking up the Penguins core.

Knowing that Rutherford wants and feels a need to make changes, but does not actively want to mess with the Penguins core, it will be interesting to see what happens for the Penguins this coming offseason.