The last two games were full of similarities for the Pittsburgh Penguins; the powerplay looked bad, they allowed three tallies in the third period, and most importantly lost. This time it was to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who received a outstanding performance from their netminder James Reimer (38 saves and a brilliant second period). More from the bad news front for the Penguins, defenseman Rob Scuderi left the game in the first period with a leg injury when David Clarkson's skate hit his ankle. All in all, a horrible night.
Head Coach Dan Byslma said of Scuderi's status and the hit, "Don’t have any definitive news on the lower-body injury, but he’ll be re-evaluated when he gets back to Pittsburgh. I’ve seen the replay and he gets hit shoulder-on-shoulder. I don’t know if it’s coming down. He was lifted off his feet and came down. It wasn’t clearly evident by a big hit. I don’t know exactly what happened to cause the injury.”
Losing Scuderi definitely hurt the Penguins, but not as much as their special teams play. The Pens did snap their powerplay drought, which stood at 0-13. Kris Letang slid one pass Reimer after receiving a great behind the net pass from Evgeni Malkin in the first. It was Letang's first of the year and exactly the reason why the Penguins missed him in the lineup.
Letang said, "“I felt pretty good. When Scuderi went down and we had to play five D it’s a little bit hard. I’m trying to get back into as much as I can. I felt pretty good.”
Was does no feel good was what happened the next time the Pens had a PP opportunity. Dave Bolland cut for the net and slapped one pass Marc-Andre Fleury for a short-handed goal (he'd add a emtpy-netter). Scuderi's presence was really missed when Phil Kessel scored a preventable powerplay goal in the third. Nazem Kadri had the Leafs other goal.
The Penguins will get the Sabbath off but are back in action Monday when they travel to Raleigh for a matchup against the Caroline Hurricanes. The puck drops at 7:00pm and hopefully so does this losing streak.
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