Recap 39: Darkest Hour Is Right Before Dawn

Let’s get the pleasantries out of the way…

The situation of the reigning (back-to-back) Stanley Cup Champions is getting bleaker and bleaker.

After Wednesday’s spirits lifting comeback victory in the shootout against the Metro rivals, Columbus BJ’s, one would have expected an inspired effort from the Pens against the other divisional rival, Carolina Hurricanes. The Penguins were one winger (Rust), one right handed defenseman (Ruhwedel), and one Matt Murray (Murray) short while already missing Schultz and Letang from the lineup. Simon, Corrado and Jarry were the guys to replace them.

The game began and the Pens actually looked like they wanted to do the work and earn the crucial two points from this. 4:34 into the first period the Pens struck:

No chance whatsoever for Cam Ward there. Dumoulin with a nice finish from the dish of Guentzel. Horrible defensive effort by the Hurricanes’ forwards.

It was right there and then as if the Pens took our hands and placed two of our fingers on their carotid artery and said: “There. Can you feel that?” But things are not what they seem. Or they are exactly what they seem and that BJ’s game was just an odd curveball to keep us wondering.

This tweet was somewhat foretelling:

As the Hurricanes took the ice to begin the second period the visiting team stayed in the locker room. ’Canes scored three times.

First goal was scored by the birthday boy Derek ”Young for His Age” Ryan following a trademark bad line change by Malkin’s line, Hunwick and Cole.

Second goal was overturned (goalie intereference). They re-scored literally on the next chance they got. Miscommunication between Jarry and the defensemen there and an easy tally for Sebastian Aho.

This would be the period when the boys fought and came back (once again)? Well, it wasn’t. Despite shooting 14 times in the period the Pens had a very little to show for it. The PP units weren’t producing anything that could have created life.


  • I had to rewatch some of the game and now I need a beer
  • Daniel Sprong was called up this morning
  • Trades?
  • I hope someone would kidnap Geno’s cat
  • How much I love Horny’s intensity
  • At least it’s Saturday
  • Älkää menettäkö toivoanne




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  • “Aho must be the hottest cane right now” - Errey (100%, 9 Votes)

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