Penguins-Predators: Shame Is What Passion Is Made From

WoooooSenior Writer IJanuary 9, 2009

The Preds had lost five straight coming into tonight's game.

The Pens had a solid three-goal lead in the second period, but they were being outplayed at both ends of the rink.

A defensive breakdown in front of Fleury, a Ryan Whitney blunder on the power play, and a Suter slap shot, assisted by Mark Eaton, put the Pens to rest.

Garth Brooks added an empty netter to add insult to injury.

Jordan Staal's dad thought about taking a dive off of the balcony, then remembered his son is going to make $16 million for being an underachieving third-liner and smiled.

Losing streaks are understandable. Losing to one of the worst teams in the league is not.

Nashville's fans had no idea what was going on. What were they chanting during the game? Was that Tim McGraw being played after a goal? What a joke.

Saturday in Colorado is beyond a must-win. Every game for the remainder of the season is a must-win.

The Pens have dug themselves a hole that won't be easy to get out of. They've slipped into tenth in the East.

The three other relevant Atlantic Division teams are winning seven or eight out of 10 games on a regular basis.

Time is running out. The Pens need to find some passion—if for no other reason than to avoid embarrassment on a nightly basis.

Satan looks about as motivated as the fat sweaty kid at your middle school dances. He just hangs out in the corners, playing with his stick.

Fedotenko could be out for an extended period of time. No surprise there.

If Jordan Staal is worth $16 million, Paul Steigerwald is an entertaining human being. One look at tonight's pre-game festivities should disprove that theory rather quickly.

Petr Sykora should be playing 30 minutes a game.