OK, that’s a simple, borderline, shallow question to pose in response to the Pittsburgh Penguins blowing a 3-1 lead en route to a 4-3 setback in Game 2 of their first-round series with the New York Islanders.
Nonetheless, it is well worth asking, if only for the fact that it breaks off the plastic and allows us to dig for deeper questions as to how they let this one get away.
After all, they were coming off a convincing 5-0 victory in Game 1 against a vastly unripe playoff opponent. They did that without captain Sidney Crosby, who, upon returning to action Friday, merely pumped in two goals to help sculpt 2-0 and 3-1 advantages by the first intermission.
But in the 40 minutes of action since that display, the Pens have suddenly been outclassed by the ostensibly plebeian Islanders, who have usurped home-ice advantage as the series prepares to shuffle over to Nassau Coliseum.
As the ice chips settle on this surprise, here are the questions worth pondering as Pittsburgh partisans look for answers as to what happened on Friday.
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