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Letang: ‘We’re not doing anything good at all’

Jun 4, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

Kris Letang was one of the many Pittsburgh Penguins who had a poor game last night.

Here’s Boston’s second goal, which definitely wasn’t Letang’s finest moment:

Today, Letang was asked to assess the Penguins’ play, and his answer was brutally honest.

“We’re not doing anything good at all,” he said. “They’re a patient team. If I have to say something about their team, they’re really patient.

“Like we saw in the game, they don’t really forecheck us, they just wait for us to make mistakes, and we actually gave them what they got, and we have to be better with the puck, without the puck, defensively, in all areas of the game.

“I think we have to look at ourselves in the mirror and make sure we erase what happened and go from there.”

Letang is supposed to be Pittsburgh’s best defenseman; he finished last night with a minus-3 rating, lowering his series rating to minus-5.

“We have to be aware of the way we manage the puck, the way we play offensively, making sure we don’t have to come back with odd numbers, and go from there,” he said.

Related: Crosby preaches patience for struggling Penguins’ offense

  1. stickskills - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    When your entire team crashes into the offensive zone, including D-men on the rush, then someone gives the puck up at the blue line doing something stupid like a no-look pass or attempting to pass right through someone, you’re going to have a problem. Let the offense crash the net, let the D play D, and just make the freaking easy play. Some of these guys can do things that other players can’t….that doesn’t mean they should.

  2. jpelle82 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    how many more players do these reporters need to ask about this, and what exactly are they expecting the players to say when they ask them? if they want something to quote or a headline to write, go talk to bryzgalov, i’m sure he has an interesting opinion on it or anything else you wanna ask him about for that matter. asking the same thing over and over and expecting a different answer sounds like the definition of insanity to me….

  3. steelers88 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Well thank you captain obvious of course your not doing anything right your down 2-0 in the series!

  4. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Pens look like a bunch of superstars waiting for the other guy to get the job done. Time to step up and be accountable, and show why you have been labeled superstars.

  5. patriotslove12 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    I respect the hell out of the Penguins offensive game and all of their offensive firepower. But, in my opinion, if the Bruins continue to play at the level they are at currently (tape to tape passes, continued success breaking out of the defensive zone, hitting when only to serve a purpose, not committing dumb penalty’s like Marchand did last night, successfully penalty killing like they did all regular season-were first in the NHL for large stretches, and getting all of the team to buy in and play BOTH defensively and offensively, with the unselfish play covering each other), the Penguins, even if they do wake up (which I expect they WILL), it will be too LATE at this point. They have already surrendered home ice advantage and their control of the series, and the Bruins now know they CAN win in Pittsburgh, if necessary. While I respect Crosby on the ICE, and regard him as the world’s best player, he needs to stop crying and play HIS game.

  6. hockeyfan28 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Letangs lucky this a week free agent class for defensemen cause he’s going to get paid
    serious bucks by someone and man he has looked horrible

    • hazlydose - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      Letang’s contract isn’t up until after next year…

      • hockeyfan28 - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:35 PM

        Well sucks being him then

  7. meynbass - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    That game was like watching every EASHL game I’ve ever played…
    Minus the incessant dangling

  8. malkinrulez - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    valoisjoeybfeld69 you hit the nail on the head!

  9. xtrememachine1 - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Another article about the Pens struggling? How about an article about how the Bruins are dominating? Its amazing how average the Pens look when they’re not playing the Isles, Sens or any other weak Eastern team huh?

    • drone501 - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      the bruins are peaking at the right time. don’t talk how the bruins are the second coming of the 1970s canadians. just remember, the maple leafs don’t let up defensively your golfing with the bruins. why does everyone assume that all hockey players golf. just wondering

  10. 19to77 - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:33 PM


    • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      “Wat iz bakchek?” -Kris Letang and Matt Niskanen

  11. villi5ed - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Uh, Letang is a defenseman. Defensemen by definition don’t backcheck. Forwards backcheck. Unless they are
    Pittsburgh Penguins.

  12. dropthepuckeh - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Hard to believe this guy is a finalist for the Norris trophy. He is a decent forward, great skater and horrible defender. Maybe showcasing offensive players like Letang and Karrlson is the NHL’s way of trying to draw attention to the sport but I’m pretty sure any Cup contender would prefer a defense-first-minded Bourque, Lidstrom, Pronger, or Chara. Defense wins championships.

  13. steelers88 - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Well clearly this is a wonderful situation the Penguins are in!

  14. thebigtim2012 - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Stupid little puffins

  15. broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Crosby had a sweet assist on Marchand’s goal. Can’t say this meltdown isn’t giving me some major amusement but damn, they went from playing lights out hockey to looking like a beer league club.

  16. kingsforever - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Apparently, grammar is “not doing good at all” either

  17. bman7206 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    He should look across to the opposing blue line and take a page out of a true Norris worthy D man. Total joke Chara didn’t make it on the ballot. Maybe it should be changed to the best offensive defenseman that doesn’t play defense?

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