You can’t win hockey games being penalized 10 times in a single game which is exactly what happened in yesterday afternoon’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New Jersey Devils. Not only did the Penguins lose to the Devils, but they ended a five-game winning streak as well as lost the top spots in both the Eastern Conference and the Atlantic Division to New Jersey.
Brandon Sutter was credited with Pittsburgh’s only goal of the game coming early in the first period.
But for a full 60 minutes, the Penguins played sloppy, undisciplined hockey that left them with a 3-1 loss at the hands of the Devils. It was uncharacteristic of their recent play and New Jersey took full advantage of it. That’s not to say that the bounces were going Pittsburgh’s way especially when it came to the penalties and, ironically, the Penguins have been the second least penalized team in the league next to the Calgary Flames. The calls felt somewhat lopsided and it didn’t seem that a lot of “even-up” calls were made throughout the game. And, to paraphrase Marc-Andre Fleury on the subject, I’d rather not comment on that.
The Penguins will get a chance to redeem themselves against the Devils tonight at the CONSOL Energy Center. The game is set to start at 7:00 pm (est) and will be broadcast nationally on RDS and NBC Sports Network.
Stephanie Lewark is a featured Pittsburgh Penguins columnist for RantSports.com. If you enjoy her posts, you can follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her personal Facebook page (via Networked Blogs), visit her Tumblr page, or add her to your Google+ circle.