Friday, October 21, 2005

Devils 6 - Penguins 3: Crosby Scoreless, Penguins Winless

It was another NHL first for Sidney Crosby as he went scoreless and pointless for the first time in his young career. The Penguins also remain the only winless team in the NHL as the Devils ripped apart the Penguins weak defense.

Kid Crosby had his worst NHL game. In 19:47 of ice time, Crosby finished with 0 points, -2, 0 for 4 on faceoffs, and 3 shots on goal.

As you might expect player/owner Mario Lemieux is getting pretty pissy and there aren't a lot of joy-joy feelings in the Pittsburgh dressing room.

Lemieux, whose ownership group paid out millions to reshape the Penguins once the NHL labor dispute ended this summer, was critical afterward of some of his highly paid but underproducing talent. The Penguins are 0-3-4 after never previously going more than the first six games of a season without winning.

"It's a long time to not win, especially so early in the season," said Lemieux, who had a goal and an assist in his third multipoint game. "It's certainly not the start we wanted, especially with the personnel we have here."

Lemieux said the Penguins aren't playing together - an inexcusable offense to him more than two weeks into the season - and haven't been into games mentally at the start, causing them to fall behind early almost every night. The Penguins trailed 2-0 in the first after goals by Jay Pandolfo and Scott Gomez and have led in only one game, despite adding players such as Sergei Gonchar, Mark Recchi, John LeClair, Ziggy Palffy and goalie Jocelyn Thibault.

"We have a system, but guys aren't playing together and aren't all on the same page," Lemieux said. "We start playing when we're down two or three goals and you can't do that. That comes from not preparing mentally to play the game."

Full game recap here.

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