Welp. Here we are. The sum of all fears scenario in this opening round of the playoffs. Game Four and the Penguins are one the brink of elimination in the series down 2 games to 1 following a 4-3 loss on Wednesday night. The Penguins, in an incredibly uninspiring and embarrassing fashion, pissed away a 3-1 lead and now their backs are against the wall. The Habs got on the board first when Shea Weber stuffed home a rebound on what felt like the 69th attempt on goal during that play. The Pens would answer on the power play as Patric Hornqvist rose from the ashes as ripped a one time to tie the score at one. The Penguins would remain on the power play and get their second power play goal of the game when Jason Zucker fired one high on Price to make it 2-1. Pittsburgh would push the lead to 3-1 in the second when Teddy Blueger stuffed a rebound through Price. Then the wheels would completely fall off for the Penguins. Jonathan Drouin would chip a puck by Matt Murray to make it 3-2 and Paul Byron would score on a wrap around to tie the game at three. The game would move to the third period where Jeff frickin' Petry scored from and absolutely stupid angle to give the Habs the lead. That's the way the game would end despite a late surge from the Penguins with goaltender Matt Murray pulled.
Through the first two games of this series it was all about the goalies and the lack of production from the Penguins power play. In Game Three we saw a totally different script. The Pens power play cashed in on two out of their three chances. With a 3-1 lead the Penguins basically forgot how to hockey. They got comfortable and lost their structure that won them Game Two and had them up 3-1 in this game. Couple that with the fact that Matt Murray wasn't nearly as good in Game Three as he was in the first two games of the series and you have a recipe for disaster. After the Penguins went up 3-1, we honestly don't know what the hell we watched in the final half an hour of the game. It was like they put their car in auto pilot but their car is a Prius instead of a Tesla. It was truly one of the more frustrating game in recent memory. It was also a realization that something or some things need to change with this Penguins team. A lot of players were not good Wednesday night and haven't been good all season. It will be interesting to see if Mike Sullivan swallows his pride and actually makes come changes going in to Game Four or if he'll just try to grit it out with what he has despite the underwhelming performances so far this series.
Update: Tristan Jarry will get the start this afternoon. The rest of the lineup will be a game-time decision. Fasten your seatbelts.
Jarry vs Price this afternoon. #confirmed.
The Penguins need some lineup changes. No clue if those will happen either because Sullivan is stubborn.
It was nice to see the Pens power play go 2 for 3.
It was also nice to see the 4th line get rewarded for busting their asses so far this series.
It's Sid's birthday so prepare to hear about that 384569834765082647652 times today.
This could be the Penguins third straight series loss.
Justin Schultz is bad.
Jack Johnson is bad.
The Penguins 3rd line has been invisible.
Speaking of invisible has anyone seen Evgeni Malkin?
Hopefully the Game Three performance is just a mirage. This would be one of the more embarrassing series losses in franchise history.
F the NHL for making this a 4pm start time. Can you get drunk before 4pm? Challenge accepted.
If the Pens win, they play tomorrow for all the marbles (aka the chance to advance to the technical first round).
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