They're frustrated with their teams' performance over at SBN's Pittsburgh Penguins blog, Pensburgh, tonight. The Ottawa Senators escaped a solid start by the Pens before settling in and ultimately taking over the game and winning 5-4.
Here's Pensburgh on what the defending champs have to do better in game two:
It's not panic time yet. The Penguins may have lost, but to be quite honest, they deserved to lose this game. The Senators were better in all three zones, and as we've seen all season Pittsburgh's defense wasn't stout and Fleury let in a goal or two that you'd hope he wouldn't. Flower made a couple of robbing saves, but he wasn't tight enough to seal all the definecies.
90% of the "experts" picked Pittsburgh to win this series. Maybe the Pens thought, subconsciously at least, that this would be an easy series. Especially when they were 18-4 at home in the past two years in the playoffs. When a lot of this team had swept Ottawa a time ago. All that is out the window now.
As usual for a Pittsburgh team, it's not going to be quick, and it's not going to be easy.
So after virtually sleep-walking through a regular season, when they show up for the playoffs they get punched in the mouth. How do you bounce back? How do you respond?
That's what defines a champion.