Composure? Discipline? Nonsense! say the Pittsburgh Penguins as they continue to walk themselves to the L column with every penalty they take.
The Pens have committed 89 minor penalties, fourth most in the NHL. As a team that capitalizes on high-energy play, it's easy to see why the Pens can't find the wins when they spend large chunks of games chasing the puck in their zone. It's stifling which boils over in the form of interference or a stick in the ribs. Rinse and repeat as dictated by the Pens ever-changing emotions of the game.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Josh Yohe quoted Brooks Orpik in his column following the Philadelphia Flyers game on Feb 20:
"I don't know how many times you can address it. We know how they like to play. We know they like to target certain guys on our team. Zac Rinaldo goes off with (Kris Letang). I think that's a pretty good trade-off for them. I don't know if you can address it anymore. Talking about it doesn't do you any good if you go out and do the opposite."
Penguins Still Struggling with Penalties and Penalty Kill
PensBurgh | Feb 27