With skilled players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, you could hardly blame the Pittsburgh Penguins for trying to add a bit of flash and pizazz in their game every once and while. But that tendency has become more of a habit recently, and it has drawn the ire of one of the Penguins' veterans.
Turnovers and costly penalties resulted in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday for Pittsburgh. It's a game that, on paper, the Penguins had no business losing. But since Malkin and Kris Letang returned to the lineup last week, Pittsburgh has allowed 13 goals and often looked careless doing it.
Defenseman Rob Scuderi scolded the Penguins for not playing simple hockey after the game. Did they deserve to win on Friday?
"Absolutely not," Scuderi said. "If you're going to try and play hockey like the Harlem Globetrotters, you're going to get burned. We continue to make the same mistakes, go for the same highlight reel plays.
That might look good on the highlight reels every now and then, but it's not a formula for winning."
Harlem Globetrotters? We're not sure what you're talking about ...
Oh. Yeah, we can see how that might get out of hand with the Penguins. Still, there's nothing to panic about yet. The Penguins still have a stranglehold on the Metropolitan division with half a season remaining. There's plenty of time for Pittsburgh to refocus.