Shark and Danger. Pens Battle Through, Top Sharks in SO 3-2

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Not too many people lately have been keen on giving the Penguins credit for anything, even the positive stuff they’ve been doing.  But give the Pens full marks last night.

Really would’ve been easy to close up shop and take a defeat with grace, already being down your best defenseman and a top 4 guy through concussions.  Would’ve been even easier to stomach it seeing the Pens dress just 5 defensemen and 13 forwards, one of which was sicker than Geoff’s dog when he ate that bar of soap that one (or 8) time.

But instead they battled.  Battled hard and for 65+ minutes to get the (much needed) W against a perennially good team.

Cover photo via Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images.  Full recap (guest written by Josh's brother Ian):

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Game 76: Penguins vs. Sharks

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41-23-11; 93 points37-30-8; 82 points
2nd in Metropolitan Division5th in Pacific Division
7:30 PM | CONSOL Energy Center | Pittsburgh, PA | ROOT, FS-CR
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The Penguins end their back-to-back against a pair of Pacific Division teams when they tangle with the Sharks on Sunday night. 

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Dancing Like an Idiot. Pens Stop Losing, Lose Letang in 3-2 Win

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This Ian Cole quote should sum up everything that overshadowed the Penguins getting back in the win column yesterday afternoon:

Cannot even begin to fathom what this team is going to do if Letang is out for an extended period of time.

Good to get back in the win column though.  Duh.

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Game 75: Penguins vs. Coyotes

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40-23-11; 91 points23-44-8; 62 points
3rd in Metropolitan Division7th in Pacific Division
1:00 PM | CONSOL Energy Center | Pittsburgh, PA | ROOT, FS-CR
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The Penguins look to get back to winning ways as they welcome the slumpbuster Arizona Coyotes to CONSOL Energy Center on Saturday afternoon. 

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There’s a Storm Coming, Mr. Johnston. Canes Demolish Penguins 5-2.

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It didn’t get out of hand quickly, but out of hand is what this one got. The Penguins had their chances early, and it seemed like every time they missed on an opportunity or Cam Ward took one away from them, the Canes outworked the Penguins on a counterattack and it ended up behind Marc-Andre Fleury. Chances and shots eventually win you games, provided that the puck goes in the net. Right now, that is a thing that the puck is not doing, and regardless of the reason why, the Penguins are losing hockey games to bad hockey teams. 

The Canes came to play and they played for closer to sixty minutes than the Penguins did. And they got a nice feel-good win against a team that didn’t have a full deck. Not taking anything away from the Canes, not cutting the Penguins too much of a break for being down a man. We’d say that the playoffs are really what matter, because they are. But with the Penguins fading and Washington picking up two points last night, the Penguins might be making themselves a bed of nails to lie in. 

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