NEW YORK -- Panic is a strong word in sports, far too strong to describe the emotional state of the Pittsburgh Penguins right now.
Alarmed works. Startled, anxious and worried all fit as well.
Though one forgettable, streak-busting blowout loss was almost expected after a perfect March, a second straight no-show 24 hours later at Madison Square Garden means it is look-in-the-mirror time for the Penguins.
"Everybody is telling us we're good and we're going to win, maybe it got to our head a little bit," Penguins wing Pascal Dupuis said following the 6-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday at the Garden.
The Penguins have been outscored 10-2 by the Sabres and Rangers this week. They gave up nine goals in the 11 games before that.