so much for that "fast start"
Pens' Crosby: Adversity isn’t ‘end of the world’
The Penguins know their performance against the New York Islanders on Tuesday was troubling and that their benign 3-3-0 record illustrates that they've looked nothing like a Stanley Cup contender through six games.
They also realize that because of the truncated schedule, only 42 games remain to find their way before the postseason begins.
Panic is running rampant among fans, but the Penguins insist everything is fine.
“I don't think a little adversity this time of year is the end of the world,” captain Sidney Crosby said.
Starting Thursday at Madison Square Garden, Crosby and his teammates can test that theory because the Penguins rarely have looked so vulnerable during their stretch of six consecutive playoff appearances.
“We aren't playing the way we need to play,” coach Dan Bylsma said.
Crosby and fellow star Evgeni Malkin aren't lighting up scoreboards through six games, the special teams have been poor, turnovers are being committed at a startling rate and the Penguins have not been a physical team — something Bylsma and general manager Ray Shero demand.
Malkin admitted to being displeased with his team's start, but he is refusing to panic.
“It's all right,” Malkin said. “Yeah, we lost our last game. Still positive, looking forward. Nothing bad. We've just played six games. Just keep going.”
One of the newest Penguins suggested that showing more passion against the Rangers would be a good way to extinguish the funk.
“We just didn't play with any gumption or any fight in our last game,” left wing Tanner Glass said. “You aren't going to win too many games in this league playing that way.”
you know what I say - shoot the puck!