The Pens got rolled by a team way beneath them in the standings and looked very pedestrian, if not outmatched, in the process. We know from recent history that if Sean Bergenheim is dominating the Penguins, it usually doesn't end well. But as Ron Cook eloquently and repeatedly and then repeatedly again said, "It happens."
|I know this is out of context, but it just feels appropriate.|
Past 6 games on-ice goals against: Crosby 9, Scuderi, 9, Orpik, 8, Kunitz 8, Letang 7, Malkin 7.Crosby certainly doesn't get a pass for any of this, as he and Kunitz have been spending an inordinate amount of time recently chasing pucks in their own zone.
— Adam Gretz (@AGretz) January 21, 2014
It's hard to be too tough on the Pens because their record is superb, but given that the Pens' high-end talent and systems-continuity gives them a huge advantage over the course of an 82-game season, the record is not that surprising. And it's also not an indicator of how they'll do in the playoffs. It does seem that the Pens have made some progress since the flame-out to the Bruins last year, but there is still a long way to go.