Originally posted on Igloo Dreams  |  Last updated 1/11/12
So what happened? Are the wheels off of the wagon at this point?  The Pens were the victims of more bad luck as Simon Despres left with what looked like a leg injury of some kind.  Every other defenseman had to play over 21 minutes.  That may have played a role in the lack of defenseman jumping into the play for the Pens. The Pens did carry the play for much of the first two periods, but they also had serious mental breakdowns that allowed the Sens to take the lead.  For instance: Chris Neil was allowed to walk from behind the net right out in front and have two cracks at getting the puck past Johnson (he succeeded on the second attempt).  Here's a hint - if the Sens have three guys at or below the goal line in the offensive zone, the Pens sure as heck need to have at least three guys there as well.  The D both covered up the cutters and no forward cycled down to take Neil (Cooke was closest, but that's usually the job of the center). Nick Folingo undressed Zybanek Mic...
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