Friday Schadenfreude: A Whole Lot of Losing up in Western Pa.

We interrupt our Caps’ coverage to bring you an update from the Land of Unregulated Mullets: the Pens are losing, a lot, lately. Last night the visiting Devils took the barber clippers to Sidney & Co., 4-1. Since Halloween, the Pens are 1-5, and last night’s lone tally against New Jersey represents the lone goal Pittsburgh has scored in their past three games.

Injuries, it should be mentioned, are playing a role: Sergei Gonchar, Evgeni Malkin, Kris LeTang, and Tyler Kennedy are on the shelf. Malkin is expected back in the lineup this weekend. But cry me Three Rivers. Who isn’t banged up in this injury-riddled opening six weeks of the season?

You know times are tough when the game announcers offer this observation: “The Devils are getting all kinds of chances now.” That analysis arrived during last night’s broadcast on the NHL Network.

At least Sidney Crosby is doing his part during the 1-5 freefall; he registered his first point in the month of November last night. It was the longest drought of his career. Wayne Gretzky, the player many have compared him to, never went that long without a point in his many years of hockey.

The Pittsburgh power play has also been silent since Malkin went down with injury on Oct. 29, and Pittsburgh’s offense overall had been just as silent until last night, failing to score for 170 minutes and 27 seconds. Can we get a tape of that?

A member of the Penguins’ Twitter community recently summed up the team’s struggles perfectly, saying, “RT@AxsDeny: In NHL News, the New Jersey Devils defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.”

At the the 2:45 mark of this video you can hear ESPN personalities slam the Penguins and essentially call them crybabies. Happy Friday, folks.

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6 Responses to Friday Schadenfreude: A Whole Lot of Losing up in Western Pa.

  1. What, no mention of Bourque’s empty net miss?

  2. Grooven says:

    It’s soooo hard to take Barnaby seriously.

  3. sonja says:

    this only partially explains the headline at nhl.com last night when the flightless ones lost so badly, “Sid ends drought” … what is up with the love affair?

  4. Mike says:

    Unregulated mullets….cry me 3 rivers.

    Excellent, thanks. That brought a chuckle.

  5. LetzGoCaps says:

    I’m not big on schadenfreude but I get tremendous joy in watching the Penguins fail. Maybe if their fans were a little more polite and less arrogant and boastful I wouldn’t feel this way. That would be an alternate universe though.

  6. Mike says:

    The Penguins problems are illustrating to my wife and I quite clearly that Sidney Crybaby can’t carry a team like Evgeni Malkin did when Crybaby was injured. The real talent with the Pens lies with Malkin, not Crosby.

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