Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Penguins 3 - Panthers 4: Victory Snatched Away

The Penguins lead the Panthers late in the 3rd period by a 3-2 score until Sergei "Bust" Gonchar decided to take a stupid penalty and Lukas Krajicek made the Penguins pay. With a 4-3 OT loss, the Penguins still remain the NHLs lone winless team.

Sidney Crosby played another solid game and he's doing his best in the face of the walls crumbling around him.

Sid Vicious had one assist (on Malone's PP goal), and finished with 19:45 of ice time, EVEN, 6 shots on goal, and a not-so-bad 3 for 7 on faceoffs.

Pittsburgh is 0-4-5, the longest season-opening stretch in its 39-season history without winning, and it has dropped its last 10 against Florida dating to the 2001-02 season. The Penguins have been the NHL's only winless team for a week and a half, and every other team had at least two victories before Tuesday.

The Penguins lost despite having a 12-7 advantage in power plays, mostly because the 18-year-old Crosby drew six penalties by himself. But Pittsburgh was only 2-of-12 with the man advantage, while Florida was 2-of-7.

"That's part of my job, to create some chances for us," said Crosby, one of the few Penguins players who talked afterward. "We did everything we could except win."
It's nice to see Sidney is a stand up kid and will face the media after another loss.

Full recap here.

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