Pittsburgh Penguins Strike First But Lose to Carolina Hurricanes

James Guillory – USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins‘ loss to the Carolina Hurricanes started, appropriately enough, with a face-off between the very two players who were the talk of the media leading up to last night’s game: Jordan Staal and Brandon Sutter.  It was the first time either one of them had faced his former team wearing opposing team colors, so the coaches most likely played their lines first to relieve any jitters either player may have been facing.

It took a little over half of the first period, but the Penguins were first to make it on the scoreboard with a goal from Chris Kunitz.  This would be Pittsburgh’s only goal of the game.  A lot of the Penguins mistakes in this game were turnovers in the neutral zone and not being able to make it into the offensive zone after a few quick passes up the rink by the defensemen.  The Hurricanes caught on to that pretty quickly.  Many, if not all, of Carolina’s goals came from plays behind the net that the Penguins were unable to stop.  These major downfalls in the Penguins game resulted in another disappointing loss by a score of 4-1.  Ironically, neither J. Staal nor Sutter tallied any points throughout the game.

The Penguins face the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow night in their final road game before returning home.  The puck is set to drop at 7:00 (est) at the Bell Centre.

Stephanie Lewark is a featured Pittsburgh Penguins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.

Around the Web