Penguins-Rangers: Shutout Loss Extends Pittsburgh's Losing Streak to Five Games

WoooooSenior Writer IJanuary 5, 2009

The picture pretty much sums up what it is like to be a Pittsburgh Penguins fan right now.

They can't win a game, they can't win a fight, and now, they can't score a goal.

The power play was a dismal zero for eight tonight, extending the dry spell to zero for the last 30-something.

The Pens have scored eight goals in their last seven games. You don't have to have Tom Renney's IQ to figure out that those kinds of numbers aren't going to win you many hockey games.

Your vs. broadcast team this evening...

Boy Ed

Joe the Troll Beninati
Nigel Dawes scored for the Rangers a minute into the game off of a bad hop off of Rob Scuderi's boot. It was all downhill from there.

The Rags won an offensive zone face off on the power play late in the second period and Paul Mara's beard blasted one home as Mike Zigomanis vomited at the Pens inability to win clutch face offs.
Chris Drury scored midway through the third, but by then the game was over.

Scott Gomez added a shorthanded empty netter when Therrien pulled the Flower for an extra attacker on a late power play.

            Alaskan Moose Hunter, Scott Gomez

The Rags were everywhere tonight. They outworked the Pens on both ends of the ice, well almost.

The Pens generated some decent chances in the offensive zone and actually out-shot the opposition for the first time in like a year.

Henrik Lundqvist is a beast, there really aren't any other words that do him justice. His career record against Pittsburgh is now 12-1-1 with a goals against average that is lower than Colton Orr's sperm count.

Marc-Andre Fleury looked shaky after the bad bounce on the Dawes goal. No one knows what's going on with the Flower right now, but it's certainly not something good.

The Pens host the Atlanta Thrashers tomorrow night. This is their best, possibly their only chance, to snap out of this skid.

As with pretty much every team in the Eastern Conference right now, barring the Penguins, the Thrashers have been playing good hockey lately.

The Pens travel to Nashville and Colorado later this week before wrapping up the road trip in Philly next week.

If they play the way they have been playing recently, a Western Conference team will eat them alive. Everyone knows a Flyers–Pens game is huge no matter when it's played.

I hate to say it, but tomorrow night is a must win.

Let's Go Pens!