Michelle Crechiolo and Joseph Guzy give their three impressions from the press box of the Penguins' 6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Friday.1. BACKBREAKING GOAL
After the Bruins scored on a lucky bounce off the back boards 35 seconds into the third to take a 4-2 lead, I thought the Pens fell apart. Captain Sidney Crosby agreed, saying, “I thought we had some good chances and it was a pretty even game until then, and that kind of took the wind out of our sails.” From there, I felt they lost focus and started making mistakes that hurt them – especially defensively, as their coverage on the last couple goals were atrocious. I also thought their work ethic, which is something that has been there throughout this stretch even though the results aren’t, sagged and that just can’t happen. Emotionally, they have to be more resilient moving forward and respond to adversity better than they did tonight.
"As I said to them after the game, this league is unforgiving," head coach Mike Sullivan said.
We have to pull up our boot straps. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We can’t get discouraged. We have to be more determined. We have to to rely on each other and we have to help each other."--Michelle Crechiolo2. SPECIAL TEAMS STRUGGLE
The Pens’ special teams struggles were glaring today. They allowed both a shorthanded tally and a power-play goal while failing to convert any of their five chances. The Pens have to figure out a way to truly get going on the man-advantage here soon. I know that Sullivan has been trying a bunch of different personnel and combinations on the units and they haven’t had time to establish a lot of chemistry, but regardless of who’s out there the Pens need to start getting more pucks to the net as the Bruins kept them moving the puck harmlessly around the perimeter most of the night. But if they’re not going to score, they at least have to keep the other team from doing so. --Michelle Crechiolo3. BRIGHT SPOTS
Rookie forward Conor Sheary tallied his first NHL goal and assist in just his second NHL game, the latter of which resulted in Trevor Daley’s first goal as a Pittsburgh Penguin. Sheary could frequently be found flying into the offensive zone and finding open space in front of Tuukka Rask, while Daley was often at blue line firing shots at the net through whatever lanes were available. The two of them were bright spots in the loss.--Joseph Guzy