Thoughts, musings and observations from the Pens' 3-2 loss against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.
Sidney Crosby continued his dominance of the league. He scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season against the Kings, and has picked up at least one point in all five games he's played this season. Crosby has also registered a goal in four of his five games played (six total). His production right now is ridiculous. Or, should I say, normal.
Even head coach Mike Sullivan called Crosby's play "inspiring."
Defenseman Kris Letang showed once again what the Pens have been missing with his absence from the lineup. He picked up another two points (both assists) against the Kings after notching two points (1G-1A) in his return against Anaheim Wednesday night. He has four points in two games since returning from an upper-body injury.
Pens PK unit hasn't been as automatic as they were last season. But they stepped it up big time against the Kings. Pittsburgh killed off all three penalties against during the game, none bigger than Matt Cullen's holding call that carried 1:53 into overtime. Although the Pens eventually lost, their PKers gave them a fighting chance.
The Pens have struggled in the second period this season. Wednesday night they had arguably their best second period of the season against the Anaheim Ducks. But against the Kings, they were less inspiring. They registered only three shots on goal, all from long range. And other than one power-play opportunity, generated little zone time or offense. It's been a bizarre situation considering the Pens' second period last season was their best. Maybe this is just an anomaly. But Pittsburgh certainly hopes it isn't a trend.