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Tim Benz: There is a lot of trouble that penguin fans lose in the first game against the islanders



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What does that mean? Big picture. Losing the first round of the Stanley Cup 2019 for the penguins against the Islanders in Game 1.

For me, this means that a series that I thought would go Pittsburgh's way in five games is now in six ends.

That's all. Otherwise, this 4-3 defeat was essentially the kick-off scene of a multi-act game that ran exactly as expected.

Close. Back and forth. No more than one goal. A draw that has forced overtime.

All in all, we've seen a few more chances to score and goals on goal than expected. And as good as Iceland's goalkeeper Robin Lehner was – boy, was he ever with 41

saves – if coach Barry Trotz 's highly acclaimed defense gives the penguins so many chances, they'll eventually attack him.

None of this is to say, but the fans of Penguins should be content with how this defeat has affected them. Because a lot went wrong.

Let's start at the end.


Heartbreaker Anatomy

How many things went wrong with Josh Bailey's overtime winners?

The sequence began with the murder of the penguins and Karma caught up with them. Phil Kessel kept the puck in the zone by aggressively checking Tom Kuhnhackl from behind to regain possession. Then he gave Brian Dumoulin a pass that shook Kuhnhackl with a great game. Dumoulin created space to open a backhand shooting range, brought Lehner to the descent and had tons of space to cover a shot.

But he missed. This was a break for the islanders. The penguins got lucky again when Dominik Simon intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and squeezed the puck to Kris Letang.

Here it came from the tracks.

Letang tried against the defense of the islanders on the counter with a partial change of the penguins behind the game.

When Letang turned the puck, Mathew Barzal left penguin goalie Matt Murray.

"I'm not sure we had the awareness we needed in this situation," said Mike Sullivan.

Letang came back in. Murray tried to pull the net away by holding his cane up Barzal's shot went off the post, but Bailey scored a rebound.

The Peninsins the Game on Offsides But – appropriately – the call paused and the penguins left losers.

After two meetings on possible goals ahead of the OT winner against the islanders, it stood as stated on the ice.


Lineup decisions

Da Dumoulin and Zach Aston-Reese were ready to return from injury, Sullivan had to put two players on the bench.

I did not like both choices.

Olli Maatta remained dressed despite Dumoulin's return. Jack Johnson was put in the bank. I would have the reverse. And nothing I saw in Maatta last night changed my mind. He was a minus 2, got no credit for a hit, had two giveaways, had a bad glaze, blocked no shot and got no scoring.

Maatta could not detect a puck in his end on the islanders first goal, and later in the game he lost the ownership, which led to another Isles score.

Meanwhile, I have no problem inserting Aston-Reese, but I would have done so at the expense of Garrett Wilson, not Teddy Blueger.

When I see Wilson trying to make passports between his legs, as he did in the first period, I've already seen enough.

Blueger can do that kind of game though. And other. But not from the press box.


Sid was not Sid

It was not the usual dominant performance of Sidney Crosby against the Islanders, except for the first shift of overtime, in which he played but scored no goal.

His line was almost rated 3: 2 in the seven-minute mark of third place. His line was blown off the ice in the first minute, but Kuhnhackl's first unauthorized goal of the night fell out of the field.

Crosby finished with a minus 1, had three giveaways and no take-aways, lost 14 points to 24 allusions and only two shots in 22:43.


The penalty shootout

New York scored at his first power play opportunity and was effective at his other.

Maybe Johnson can help the penguins if he gets put back into the lineup.

This decision will hopefully be made.


The Start

The penguins should be the polished, well-rehearsed and experienced team in the match against New York.

But they looked nervous, nervous and excelled in the first few minutes.

The beginning of the game resembled the 2007 opening game against the Senators when the penguins did not even look like they were lost to the ice 6-3.

Two pucks were received by Matt Murray in the first 100 seconds onds. Luckily for the penguins only one counted. But in the first few minutes of the game they played badly and were lucky when the mark ended 1-1 thanks to a goal from Phil Kessel in six minutes.

Apart from all that … it was a great night.

Tim Benz is a writer of the Tribune Review. You can contact Tim at tbenz@tribweb.com or via Twitter . All tweets were republished. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise stated.





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