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Penguins’ two-month long home winning streak snapped by … the Florida Panthers

Jan 20, 2014, 10:28 PM EDT

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On paper, it looked like the Pittsburgh Penguins’ home winning streak was going to continue.

They were hosting the Florida Panthers, a team 27 points behind the Penguins in the Eastern Conference standings when the evening started.

But goalie Scott Clemmensen came up big with a 35-save effort and Jesse Winchester channeled his inner Sidney Crosby with three assists, as the Panthers upset the Penguins by a final score of 5-1.

It marks the first loss for the Penguins on home ice at the Consol Energy Center since Nov. 13 – more than two full months. That was against the Philadelphia Flyers, for those in need of the reminder. Because it’s been a while.

“I don’t think you’re ever due for that,” Crosby said afterward, as per “I don’t think we gave ourselves a chance at all with the way we competed. The way we executed was bad, so we got what we deserve there.”

Helping the Panthers cause was the fact they held the aforementioned Crosby and his Canadian Olympic teammate Chris Kunitz off the score sheet entirely.

  1. hazlydose - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    That’s the worse game I’ve seen the penguins play probably since the Flyers series.

    • hockey412 - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      Pretty sure most Pens fans saw this one coming. Happens all the time with them. If it was Chicago, they would have arrived. After a long break against a struggling team, they just don’t click. It is possible that playing such a skill game takes some time to get up and running. Lots of giveaways.

      • jpelle82 - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        yeah i almost feel bad for montreal going in there tomorrow night, i fully expect a significant bounce back game.

      • c9castine - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        if it was chicago? chicago has lost 19 games this year. thats more than pittsburgh boston san jose anaheim and st. louis and colorado. tired of hearing about chicago congrats to them but its a new year now.

        rough game. played like garbage and the panthers have nothing to lose right now and played like it. fleury hasn’t been sharp the past couple weeks. lack of play did have something to do with it, but is no excuse for a 5-1 loss to the panthers.

        in any case, no big deal. these games happen. its also a completely different lineup now with people healthy again so.

        pens fans need to stop getting so dramatic with each loss. we are now even with boston in games played and are still up 5 points on the whole conference. relax.

      • hockey412 - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        Chicago’s first in their division, but honestly you missed my point. If the Pens have a reason to overlook a team, especially after a break, they do it. October 11, 3 days off, 6-3 to FLA. October 25, after 4 days off, they lost to the Isles (don’t get me wrong, not a bad team, but is a ‘should-win’ game). November 6, 4 days off, 5-1 to the Rangers (good team, but 5-1?), January 10th, 3 days off, 4-3 to EDM.

        No offense to any fan, or any team, but I never thought they were going win last night.

      • jpelle82 - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        yeah i almost commented yesterday but i didnt want to look like a fool if i was wrong for picking florida…it happens…often.

  2. penguins87and71 - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Well that game sucked. Thanks for showing up fellas. In all seriousness though I can’t really blame the Penguins for their performance it was their first game in 4 days they were rusty. It was a terrible game for the Penguins though and their is no denying that. They were all over the place….I don’t like these long breaks at all. Hopefully the Olympic break won’t have this affect on the Penguins. Also the Pens can’t be letting Sid get into scraps like in the game tonight. If your gonna suck for a game that’s fine, but at least stick up for your captain. The defense has to be better. They haven’t been that good since the Christmas break and it’s starting to worry me a bit, they dropped from 4th in the league in defense to eleventh hopefully they can get it turned around. Welp….Get em Wednesday.

    • hockey412 - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      Pretty sure Sid started that – love the guy but he’s not immune to getting frustrated and lashing out. He’s one of the most competitive people in pro sports.

    • c9castine - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      sid can fight his own hockey battles. that was as much him being rough as it was weaver, if not more so him. when weaver slashes sids knees and shoves his head from behind then maybe somebody steps in but that didn’t happen. just a forward and a defenseman battling.

  3. killerpgh - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Glad that games over. Really nothing to good to say from a Pens fan perspective. As bad as the Pens looked the Panthers actually look good and I don’t think it was the Pens that made them look good either. Panther just out played the Pens and played a good all around game.

    • hubeydubeydoo11 - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      finally someone who admits the panthers outplayed someone instead of hiding behind an excuse.

      • c9castine - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        second time this year they killed us. panthers are going to be good next year they have a lot of good pieces and guys who battle. with your owner vowing to spend to the cap and gallon and horachek leading the way, your team should be a good playoff team.

        tim thomas was the best thing to happen to florida this year. he is showing the kind of compete level and hard work it takes to win in this league.

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    One ugly and pathetic loss tonight. The Pens don’t lose often but when they it either been because of a blown lead late or in ugly fashion. However though they really need to fix the issues on defense…I know it’s January but April is getting closer and closer. The time is now to fix them. Just have to come out better and regrouped vs Montreal on Wednesday.

    Also a side note, while watching In The Room the scene that ends it makes me ask myself this; How can people more specifically kids actually idolize NFL players such as Richard Sherman? The ending scene was showing young kids/teens screaming for Sidney Crosby to come sign Pens stuff and after a few he gets off the bus and walks over to them to sign/greet them. Now my question is; Would you really want your kid idolizing an NFL player, with all that “Thug Life” mentality? Or would you want that kid idolizing say a Sidney Crosby or a Steven Stamkos? I know as a kid growing up I never idolized anyone on the Steelers and that Mario Lemieux was my idol. I know it doesn’t pertain to the game tonight but it’s just some to say/discuss.

    • c9castine - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      we’ve been having a tough time playing defense lately for sure but again, we are the 4th ranked team in the league in goals against. not that bad.

      growing up in pittsburgh in the late 80s and 90s it was hard not to idolize mario lemieux. he’s a god in pittsburgh, for his legendary play and battle through injury and disease, and for all he has done for this city in his philanthropic ventures.

  5. sjsharks66 - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Every time the Pens play the Flyers, Jets, Panthers or Islanders I always ask myself… Why the hell is Flower in the net?!

    • c9castine - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      because he’s our starter…

  6. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Well they weren’t going to win every game. It seems like some people have the perspective of NFL fans when it comes to the 82-game schedule. Pens will be fine. It’s the post-season that has been there Achilles’ heel.

    • jbink2585 - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      So true I am the fan of your rival Flyer and Im not delirious to think my team as good as yours, but Im also to the point where iv seen this Pitt story before dominate dominate Reg Season come up short in Playoffs there season really don’t truly start until April, we shall see.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        I’m a Flyers’ fan too. Not sure if you are saying I’m a Pens’ fan but I try to be as objective as possible.

    • hazlydose - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:07 AM

      Its not that they didn’t win. Its that they looked like an AHL team instead of the team leading the east.

      • bobc74 - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:26 AM

        Actually, they looked a lot better when the AHL defensemen were playing. Maybe it’s time for some permanent call ups.

    • penguins87and71 - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:03 AM

      Well I agree with you on some fans having that perspective, but you have to be kind of concerned about the Penguins play of late and their defensive issues. This has become a disturbing trend. The Penguins defense has well been terrible now for a few weeks.

  7. Taylor Craig - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Great game! I’ve never seen the Pens look so lost in a game as they did tonight, and I’m glad to say the Panthers were the perpetrators. Maybe it was the extended time off or returning players not getting back into the flow of things (defense was incredibly sloppy, seemingly too much offensive effort from the back), but it was a solid effort from clemmenson who continues to surprise and impress me this season (Thomas has been hot too, of late).
    Our young guys stepped up. Good to see Matthias and Huby get one as they both have been slumping, hopefully contributing to this win will build some confidence. Many chances generated as recently usual from the Killer B’s, but I was impressed with the chemistry of the Winchester-Huberdeau-Shore line, secondary offensive effort we so desperately need. Shore reiterated the glimpse of offensive ability we saw with him last year thanks to all of our injuries, in addition to his continued penalty killing efforts. We HAVE to figure out our power play if we want to contend for a playoff spot (not as unlikely as you’d think, we’re only 7 points out of the wild card).
    I hope you guys don’t chalk up this Pittsburgh loss to a simple underestimation of the Panthers, and terrible play. Give credit where credit is due. Panthers played a hell of a game. Let’s hope we can keep the momentum rolling with Thomas to start against Buffalo tomorrow night.

    • jbink2585 - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      Panthers are 5-5 in there last 10 playoff spot id deem extremely unlikely, they have looked ok of late but still very average team, Id def lean more toward Pens underestimating Flor then actually what Flor was doing. I actually watched game Pens looked disinterested.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:48 AM

        Sure the Panthers might be 5-5 in their last 10, but they are also 16-14-4 since Horachek took over. They’ve been playing decent since mid-November. Playoffs might be tough with the bad 3-9-4 start. But things are looking up

    • hockey412 - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      Florida played great. But underestimating the panthers isn’t inconsistent with them playing great hockey, and I do think it led to a 5-1 score. If the Pens “brought it” last nght, the score might have been 3-2, panthers. Take a look at the Matthias goal in the third…that’s pretty much the night in a nutshell.

  8. drone501 - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    this actually looked like a post season game for the pens. glad i didnt pay a 100 bucks to see this lack of effort. can’t win em all but you at least got to compete which the pens didn”t

  9. bencia823 - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    As a Penguins fan,I’m really getting tired of watching Malkin diving so much lately. The hooking call where he clamped down on the stick and fell was disgraceful. Geno is starting to become the player that all of the Crosby haters have accused Crosby of being.

    • c9castine - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      thats not diving. thats something every guy in the league does and everybody ever did. if you can get away with it, you either get a penalty or an advantage out of it. sometimes you get called but usually its an effective play.

      malkin fell because whats his name probably got mad and dumped him. i would have done the same if i could get my stick back.

      • c9castine - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        i should add that if he lets go of the stick, maybe malkin gets called for holding. if he dumps him like he did, then he gets called. there was no penalty until he did that.

  10. penguins87and71 - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    I just don’t understand. It seems to me when the Penguins get healthy they just caring about the defensive side of hockey. This has happened the past couple years and it’s happening again and it needs to stop. It’s on the players in the locker room to get back to smart defensive hockey, and not turning the puck over at the blue line or the red line. Yes 6-5 games are exciting, but 2-1 games can be just as exciting.

  11. labrattrick - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    Again people want to say that this game was due to luck or regression to the mean. Cats looked good tonight and the Penguins didn’t.

    Thank God we have a league where any team can win on a any given night due to the high talent level of the league and nature of the team sport.

    • hockey412 - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      Who said it was due to luck? Reading over these posts, most say that Fla looked good, Pens didn’t. Maybe you just had a point to try and make and you felt you needed to do it in response to a phantom poster?

      And yes, any team can win. That’s why it takes a collection of wins to get in the show. Pens have won 69% of the time this year, Fla has won 39%.

  12. penguins87and71 - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM


  13. slysipops - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    way to go PANTHERS ! the PENS better hope you don’t make the playoffs !

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