Penguins try to work out problems

Baltimore Sun

Penguins owner Mario Lemieux watched most of the team's 90-minute practice Monday, which made it no ordinary day for the Stanley Cup champions.

The boss was in the house, and he clearly wasn't there to socialize after an 0-4 road trip.

The coach wasn't very happy either. Dan Bylsma had scheduled a day off after two games in Florida in as many days. Instead he put his players through one of their longest practices of the season.

Maybe captain Sidney Crosby said it best: When a team is slumping the way Pittsburgh is, with five consecutive losses and the NHL's reigning scoring champion not producing, a day off is a luxury.

"When we were winning five, six games in a row, we got away with two or three games where we didn't play well and still won," Crosby said. "We've played two or three good of the five we lost. There's no magic thing. We've got to find a way to win a hockey game."

What's worrisome to the Penguins is that leads are being lost, winnable games are being frittered away and opponents are playing with far more confidence than usual against the defending champions.

"We're making mistakes," Crosby said. "And we're paying for it."


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