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Penguins’ Murray: ‘We need to be better’

May 17, 2013, 11:59 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are two wins away from securing their ticket to the Eastern Conference final.

They opened up a two-games-to-none lead on the Ottawa Senators in the best-of-seven semifinal series with a 4-3 win Friday night.

On paper, it may have looked like a dominant performance from the Penguins that simply got close at the end.

The Penguins, led by Sidney Crosby and his hat trick, outshot the Senators 42-22 but had to fend off the visitors in the third period.

Despite the win and the lopsided shot totals, the Penguins weren’t happy with their apparent inability to keep the Senators down for good, particularly with not one but two two-goal leads.

“It probably shouldn’t have been that close of a game but it was because of the Grade-A scoring opportunities we gave them,” Penguins’ defenseman Douglas Murray told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“We need to be better.”

  1. jonkchar - May 18, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    I think this is one of those times that the Pens like to nitpick..

    • pens919209 - May 18, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      I wouldn’t call trying not to take stupid penalties, cutting down breakaway chances given up, and managing the puck in an intelligent way ‘nit-picking’.

  2. theageofquarrel - May 18, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Crankshaft has spoken. They really do need to tighten up a little on D.

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 18, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    The Pens are not operating on all cylinders right now. You see flashes of the great team they can be, but not for 60 minutes. Their abundance of talent allows them to squeeze through and when games such as last night. If they make it to the SCF, and let’s assume they will meet the Hawks or Kings, they’ll have to be better for 60 minutes. They are still some unknowns with respect to their goalkeeping. Vokoun has never been exposed to the playoff drive leading to a SC, and we still don’t know how solid Fleury will be if/when he returns.

  4. ndrick731 - May 18, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Don’t worry pens fans. If all else fails and your down the magical 5 on 3 will appear to rescue them.

  5. ironcity6pak - May 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    This has been a problem since game 1 vs the isles. The pens are blessed with scoring talent, that’s why they were lucky to get out of the first round. The D is terrible, they say they have to do better every game yet it never changes. Their current play may be good enough to get to the cup final but playing bad D, they don’t stand a chance against LA or Chi. Martin is good but he’s just to slow and the pens inability to clear the puck is disastrous. They don’t have the goaltending to stop the west so Dan needs to fix this fast before all the fingers are pointing at him.

    • dirt2013 - May 18, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Defense is played by all 5 players on the ice and not just the 2 d-men.The Pens problem more often than not is the forwards.The goalies are who they are and it is too late to do anything about that now.

  6. lp0320 - May 18, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    nDICK – did you look at the penalties last night? seems to me they were pretty even.

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