Penguins' new lines produce same old result

DETROIT (AP) -Four new lines, same old result for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After recording only 19 shots in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, the Penguins mustered just 22 Monday night in a 3-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

After starting each of their previous series 3-0, the Penguins suddenly find themselves down 0-2 and searching for ways just to get a goal.

''They're staying up at the blue line, and one guy is coming back hard,'' top-line forward Marian Hossa said. ''It seems like they're everywhere. Usually we have the puck, but now we're chasing the puck. That is not our game.''

Penguins coach Michel Therrien reacted to the 4-0 loss in Game 1 on Saturday but reinserting 42-year-old forward Gary Roberts and revamping his lines. He moved Ryan Malone alongside captain Sidney Crosby and Hossa, and dropped Pascal Dupuis to play with Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy.

None of it worked. Crosby and Co. still couldn't get free of Detroit's top line of Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom.

''It's really tough to generate offense against that team,'' Therrien said. ''They're good on obstruction. It's going to be tough to generate any type of offense if the rules remain the same. It's the first time we're facing a team that the obstruction is there, and we're having a hard time skating when they take away ice.''

The Penguins had six shots in the first period, none at even strength. They went 0-for-4 on the power play and failed to produce any shots with the advantage after the opening frame.

''Sometimes we do get lulled into just standing around a bit,'' Crosby said. ''They play well positionally. When we're not at our best, I think we're just kind of playing a chess match with them. It's a game of mistakes, then. If we don't capitalize and they do, then we're in trouble.''

Evgeni Malkin showed no signs of breaking out of his slump that seemingly came from nowhere. Flanked by wings Maxime Talbot, new to the line, and Petr Sykora, Malkin was pointless for the fourth time in six games and had no shots on goal.

Therrien called out Malkin before Game 2 and said he told the 21-year-old center he needed him to be a leader every night. Instead he disappeared again and has only one goal and an assist over his past six games.

''I thought his intention was there tonight,'' Therrien said. ''We've got to keep supporting him, and eventually, players like this, usually they find ways.''

The Penguins are in danger of having the series slip away if they can't find a way to get the puck from the Red Wings. Pittsburgh was down 2-0 before it registered a shot Monday.

''We've played a different team than we've played in the first three rounds,'' Sykora said. ''It feels like there's nothing out there, so we have to find a way. We have to break out. We have to play 0-0.

''For us,

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Posted by davidhanson2020
6 years ago

wings will win game three, lose game four, and win it in 5
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Posted by FenderPlayer
6 years ago

"Roberts will never get a ring, never liked him." I am pretty sure that Roberts already got a ring bud, with the Calgary Flames in 89-90 and by the way it's Franzen, not Hanzen I'm a big Wings fan too but damn, write something intelligent. That is what the forum is for!!!
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Posted by amulet
6 years ago

I agree with Ducati but would like to add that bc2 is a bigger whiner than crosby and comes across as a pathetic little man on these boards.
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Posted by Ducati
6 years ago

The whole Pitt team is a bunch of whiny lil b!tches!! Gary Robert's is a dirtbag for bunching Hanzen in the head...Roberts will never get a ring, never liked him. They've had a cupcake schedule getting to the finals. Rough up Malkin n Hossa and they fold like a tent. The Wings had the best rd record in the reg season. Nothing will change in the igloo. Teams that R up 2-0 in the series final are 33-1. So, it's all over but, the crying for you Penguins b!tches. Save your bank roll cus the Pens are done like diner..can't score if you don't have the puck. Bunch of young punks getting schooled by savvy veterans...hahaha. Go Wings Go!!
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Posted by bc2
6 years ago

The venue switches to Pittsburgh for the 3rd game tomorrow night. The Penguins will put a 16-game, home winning streak on the line. Series will be 2-2 when it shifts back to Detroit.
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Posted by bc2
6 years ago

Toronto Star Today "The Penguins called Osgood a diver, accused Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall of leaving his feet when he lays those mid-ice checks, and said the Wings' obstruction tactics are not being called penalties. "It's really tough to generate offence against that team," said Penguins coach Michel Therrien. "They're good on obstruction. It's going to be tough to generate any type of offence if the rules remain the same. "So it's the first time we're facing a team where the obstruction is there and we're having a hard time." The Penguins were most incensed at Osgood, who twice drew goalie interference penalties. On one, Osgood and Ryan Malone shoved each other. That happened in the third period, nullifying a Penguins power play and leading to Filppula's game-clinching goal on the ensuing 4-on-4. "He's a good actor," Therrien said of Osgood. "He goes to players and he's diving. Took away our power play." Penguins forward Max Talbot launched his own insult Osgood's way. "If he wants to do that, it's a shame – we're not playing soccer," Talbot said."
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Posted by bc2
6 years ago

"Toronto Star Today "The Penguins called Osgood a diver, accused Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall of leaving his feet when he lays those mid-ice checks, and said the Wings' obstruction tactics are not being called penalties. "It's rea..."