The Snakes Start to Sing. Pens Blow Late Lead, Fall 4-3.

 

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A lot is going to be made out of this game, blowing a 2 goal lead with under 3 minutes to play.  Whatever you’re feeling right now, bury it.  Make no mistake, the Penguins did this to themselves the last two games.  It’s been self-inflicted.  They didn’t bury the Flyers in the first period Wednesday night and they switched off and let the Wings back into this one.  Hell, it even made Rick Tocchet start speaking coherently.

But here’s the silver lining: it’s all been little mental mistakes.  Those are easy remedies and work themselves out with more games; more repetition.  Ken from The Pens Nation said it best last night: “I keep coming back to this, but I’m not ready to pass judgement on what is happening until the team can establish a rhythm with the schedule.”  That rhythm in the schedule starts basically next week, so the next two weeks should be relatively telling as to where this team is at when it gets in a groove.  Or at least that’s what we’ll keep telling ourselves to feel better about blowing a late lead.

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Game 6: Pens at Red Wings

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3-2-0; 6 points, 5th Metropolitan Division3-1-2; 8 Points, 4th in Atlantic
7:30 PM - Joe Louis Arena - Detroit -Networks: ROOT Sports, Stream Links

After getting humbled last night by their arch rivals, the Pens head to Detroit to face another familiar foe in the Red Wings tonight.  The Pens didn’t play well for 2/3 of the game last night, so tonight will be a good chance to pull on their big boy pants and get back to business in a big bounce back game against a strong Wings team.

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Still Fly. Flyers Stifle Penguins, 5-3.

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With the Flyers coming off a 4-0 shellacking by the Blackhawks, coming into this game at 9-1-1 on Consol Energy Center ice, the rivalry, and the Flyers surely wanting to ruin the debut of the Pens new 3rd jerseys, you could’ve bet a lot of megadollars on Philly coming out flying (punz) to a lead, regardless of whether or not they were being outplayed, and cruising to a W.  If you had taken that bet, you’d have won.  The Flyers improved to 10-1-1 at CEC, but it was a game the Flyers had to work for.  And they did against a Penguins team that just did not look sharp for 66.66666% of the game.  The execution was trash, their legs weren’t there in just the 5th game of the season.  End of the day, the Flyers had a rough game the night before and responded.  Pens will have to do the same in Detroit tonight.

Cover photo via Gregory Shamus/NHLi.  Gifs via r/hockeygamegifs.  Full Recap:

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Game 5: Penguins vs. Flyers

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3-1-0; 6 points, Metropolitan Division 1-3-2; 4 points, Metropolitan Division
8:00PM - CONSOL Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA - Network: NBC Sports Network, TVA2 
Stream Links - Wiziwig, Frontrow 

The season is young. Sure, the Penguins have played four games over the course of the past 20 days, but things just don’t feel real until you get that rivalry game under your belt. We’re not slighting the upstart Islanders. There’s an undeniable rivalry starting back up there. But tonight might be the first time it feels real for you. And that’s because the Philadelphia Flyers are coming to town.

Just the way retailers live for Black Friday, or flower shops live for Valentine’s Day, this is what Penguins fans live for – games against the Philadelphia Flyers. There are too many moments, both good and bad, to even begin to try to capture the feelings and emotions that come out every time these two teams meet, even if it’s in the infancy of a new season.

The fun starts at 8:00 – it’s a nationally televised game for NBC Sports Network’s Rivalry Night.

Hello, old friends.

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Side Sauce: Week 2 Around the NHL

Among other things across the league, the Pens had their annual Halloween party this past weekend.  Spaling, Bennett, Brotuzzo, and Martin won best costume, going as KISS (as seen above, courtesy of the Pens website).  Other things inside this edition include Nathan Horton’s terrifying news, a shocking story out of LA, und mehr.

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