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Back-to-back losses: Penguins have to ‘want it more’

Apr 4, 2013, 1:29 AM EDT

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Press the panic button. The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost two games in a row – by a combined score of 10-2.

On Wednesday, hours after the NHL’s trade deadline came to a close, the New York Rangers did a number on the Penguins, beating them 6-1. No Sidney Crosby, no Kris Letang.

Could these absences due to injury pose bigger problems for the Penguins, who are only two games removed from an impressive 15-game winning streak?

“It’s going to have to be the guys in this locker room,” Pascal Dupuis told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“Sid’s not going to come back Friday, and [Letang] and Paul Martin are not going to be here.

“It’s the guys who are in here. It has nothing to do with the skill level or whatever you want to talk about. It has to do with battle level, and wanting it more.”

  1. 5hole26 - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:51 AM

    they just want everyone else to catch up a little bit. rossi reports they feel sorry for the rest of the league

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:26 AM

      Pride comes before a fall.
      Everything else than the Cup for the Pens will be a huge disappointment and will certainly cause a decent share of derisive glee around the league…

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        The Pens admitted they were outworked and outplayed…….that sounds like honesty……not pride.

        We don’t want to cause anything derisive so hopefully we don’t disappoint….:)

  2. dayno66 - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    “Press the panic button” lol.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Because Tortorella was actually civil?

  3. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Pens fans have been through this before…they’ll be fine. With a month to figure it out, get adjusted, etc., there’s no need to push the panic button.

    I’d submit that this is not unhealthy for the Pens…not at this point in the season. If they were playing for the “streak”, shame on them. The other teams have a lot to play for right now, it’s playoff hockey for the Rangers, Flyers, Jets, etc. They need to get adjusted, familiar with each other, familiar with playoff hockey, quickly.

  4. jpelle82 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    no one was skating last night, was pathetic. i knew it was gonna be bad when i saw kunitz shot trickle through the crease in the 1st chance of the game and geno just watched it….he wasnt skating to the net, just flat footed floating around the faceoff circle. no defender around him, he was no threat whatsoever and missed an easy goal. no guts last night

  5. Tyler - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    “Press the panic button”? No. Did anyone really expect the Penguins to not lose a game the rest of the year? I’m a Pens fan and I certainly didn’t think that would be the case. They faced a Buffalo team with a chip on their shoulder, and a very hungry Rangers team (making a strong playoff push) on their ice. The “once-suspect” defense is rearing it’s ugly head again. However, you throw all these new guys into the mix, take out two of your top defensemen (both of whom are averaging big minutes every night), and remove one the best players in the league (Crosby) and you’re bound to stumble. Get everyone healthy, get some time to gel before the playoffs, and see what happens.

    I’m more concerned about them going on a 15 game winning streak and still only being ahead of Montreal and Boston by 5 and 6 points respectively. Montreal has two games in hand; Boston has 3. Do the math.

    • ottomanismydog - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      “Tyler – Apr 4, 2013 at 9:26 AM
      “Press the panic button”? No. Did anyone really expect the Penguins to not lose a game the rest of the year?”

      You should change your name from Tyler to Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      In the Pens defense, on the last win of the streak, they were up on Montreal by 1 game and 5 points in the standings and up on Boston by 2 games and 8 points. And the Pens are undefeated against Boston and Montreal this year, so until they give me a reason to panic I won’t. Chicago went over the entire first half of the season without missing out on a point and they only lead Anaheim by 2 points currently. Good teams will challenge other good teams. That’s what makes the playoff race fun!

      In every single year the Pens have won the cup, they’ve went on at least one 4 game losing streak. The Pens have always been a streaky team in both winning and losing. Right now the Pens have a 60% chance at the 1 seed in the East.

  6. whiskytango333 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Sometimes success breeds complacency. Getting spanked good and hard these two past games will be good for the Pens in the long run. Hopefully now they realize they need to show up and play defense every night.

  7. monkeyredandsmiley - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    15 – 2 in the last 17 games? Who would not take that anyday of the week?

    • jpelle82 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      the issue is outscored 10-2 in those 2 games. very uncharacteristic of the play during the streak and pretty scary to watch, its not like they lost a couple close games they were competitive in…they’ve gotten smoked and looked terrible in all phases of the game

  8. csilojohnson - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    No need to panic. Eaton was sick against Buffalo. Didn’t make trip to NY. Once he gets well the Pens D will get their keystone back. A little dose of reality should be good for them after that streak.

  9. jets4gold - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    if I was a pens fan, which I’m not and can’t stand that team, I wouldn’t be worried. as long as Crosby and the others get healthy for the post season everything should he fine. But if they get hurt in playoffs, they won’t get far. Rangers looked good, real good. probably the best I’ve seen. they got 3 guys in a trade that scored goals. we lacked depth since acquiring Nash and we got it back. Hopefully Clowe can continue scoring bec ause we need it. Nash has to step up too. I think we have a good team if that s the case and should make the playoffs

  10. gamechanger87 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Word around Pgh is that the Pens are planning on losing 2 to 3 more of the next games in order to get the poison out and reload for their next winning streak to close out the season & sweep the playoffs. Sidski will be back to slay the league.

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