Penguins: Overtime Loss

Kyle PomerleauContributor IFebruary 8, 2010

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 21:  Defrenseman Sergei Gonchar #55 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck against the Washington Capitals on January 21, 2010 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

15,000 capitals fans braved 2 feet of snow to watch their team play the Stanley Cup Champions yesterday.  The Penguins however, did not play like champions

The penguins had an unacceptable defeat yesterday to the Caps.  During the second period of the game they were up 4-1.  This was do to the crafty work of Crosby and Staal.  After this the game went downhill for Penguins fans.

A critical goal by Washington's Eric Fehr brought some life back into the crowd.  After this more and more goals scored from the Capitals eventually led to a Ovechkin hat trick (uggh).

The Capitals scored 3 unanswered goals on the Penguins.  This tied the game at 4-4.  I thought "surely the penguins would be able to win in overtime..."

But I was wrong.  Early in overtime the Capitals scored with an Ovechkin assist (I didn't know he could!) and a goal by Mike Nuble.

I was in disbelief the Pittsburgh Penguins, Stanley Cup Champions, could give up a three goal lead, and lose in overtime.

Will the Penguins Repeat?

If the Penguins play like this in the games coming, they will surely not go to the playoffs.  This kind of play is unacceptable for defending champions.  The Penguins need to step up their level of play.  If not they will definitely not repeat as the Stanley Cup champs.