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08:37 AM ET 11.11 | On a Thursday night in their sparkling new rink, the Penguins may have hit another rut. Rock Bottom has a new home. Up by two goals and dominant through two periods -- they'd even scored on their first power play -- the Penguins were tagged for four goals in the final period before an empty-net tally sealed the Boston Bruins' 7-4 victory at Consol Energy Center. ... [Said Brooks Orpick:] "Part of the problem is we're not playing to the situation. I mean, why are defensemen playing like forwards when we've got a 4-2 lead -- this is the problem to me."

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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November 11, 2010  08:45 AM ET

3rd period melt-down - I think it happens to every team once or twice a season.

November 11, 2010  08:45 AM ET

and what's up with that pic?
it was Pens -Bruins last night, and Crosby didn't get into another fight

November 11, 2010  08:46 AM ET

[Said Brooks Orpick:] "Part of the problem is we're not playing to the situation. I mean, why are defensemen playing like forwards when we've got a 4-2 lead -- this is the problem to me."

so a coaching problem? or players blowing their assignments, who need to be benched?
or both?

November 11, 2010  09:06 AM ET

They even had a Malkin sighting!

November 11, 2010  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

[Said Brooks Orpick:] "Part of the problem is we're not playing to the situation. I mean, why are defensemen playing like forwards when we've got a 4-2 lead -- this is the problem to me."so a coaching problem? or players blowing their assignments, who need to be benched?or both?

Said ALL ALONG - it is a COACHING PROBLEM!!! Can we all agree it isn't FLEURY? Or should he be blamed for last night's game too!?

November 11, 2010  09:25 AM ET

And good for Brooks OrPIK calling it like it is!

November 11, 2010  09:31 AM ET

They miss Staal big time. Malkin is centering the 3rd line. Sid might as well be centering a 2nd line at best with his linemates. The model of being stacked at center and having scrub wings doesn't work when Staal goes down.
Why was Lovejoy in last night?

November 11, 2010  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

3rd period melt-down - I think it happens to every team once or twice a season.

Pretty ugly 3rd. Wow!!

November 11, 2010  09:39 AM ET

in a way this is inevitable, they have been so consistently good over the last couple of years, and now they are having a bit of a regression. Some teams always play above their heads, and then they play down....right now they are slumping, but they can turn it around pretty quick with a few good games.

Buffalo, and NJ both had great seasons last year as well, now look where they are sitting. i have more faith in pittsburgh than either of those two franchises to turn it around.

November 11, 2010  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

They miss Staal big time. Malkin is centering the 3rd line. Sid might as well be centering a 2nd line at best with his linemates. The model of being stacked at center and having scrub wings doesn't work when Staal goes down. Why was Lovejoy in last night?

Staal being absent is a problem. However, again, I am CONVINCED it is the coaching. For instance, Lovejoy and GoGo paired up together? Hello? Yep, good move!!!

November 11, 2010  09:52 AM ET

Ain't that easy staying on top is it.

Maybe if you weren't a bunch of classless punks, led by Mr. Classless wearing the "C", you wouldn't have the karma thing biting you in the rear.

November 11, 2010  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

in a way this is inevitable, they have been so consistently good over the last couple of years, and now they are having a bit of a regression. Some teams always play above their heads, and then they play down....right now they are slumping, but they can turn it around pretty quick with a few good games.Buffalo, and NJ both had great seasons last year as well, now look where they are sitting. i have more faith in pittsburgh than either of those two franchises to turn it around.

Just got to get it together.

November 11, 2010  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Staal being absent is a problem. However, again, I am CONVINCED it is the coaching. For instance, Lovejoy and GoGo paired up together? Hello? Yep, good move!!!

I'm sure a lot of Leaf fans will trade you Rotten Ronnie straight up. :-)

November 11, 2010  09:55 AM ET

That 3rd period was a total smackdown.

November 11, 2010  09:58 AM ET

Isn't their pattern over the last three seasons to start playing well in Feb/March and come into the playoffs hot? Let me know when the playoffs start.

November 11, 2010  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I'm sure a lot of Leaf fans will trade you Rotten Ronnie straight up. :-)

I am not suggesting we should get rid of them. I am suggesting that JUST MAYBE Bylsma shouldn't be pairing them up on shifts, that's all. They are both AHL'ers in my opinion. GoGo started off strong, but has been playing (as I predicted) like an AHLer lately! Lovejoy is an AHLer.

November 11, 2010  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Ain't that easy staying on top is it. Maybe if you weren't a bunch of classless punks, led by Mr. Classless wearing the "C", you wouldn't have the karma thing biting you in the rear.

I think you just saved a lot of money on that colostomy cause somebody on here is going to rip you a new one. Enjoy.

November 11, 2010  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Ain't that easy staying on top is it. Maybe if you weren't a bunch of classless punks, led by Mr. Classless wearing the "C", you wouldn't have the karma thing biting you in the rear.

I think you just saved a lot of money on that colostomy cause somebody on here is going to rip you a new one. Enjoy.

November 11, 2010  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I am not suggesting we should get rid of them. I am suggesting that JUST MAYBE Bylsma shouldn't be pairing them up on shifts, that's all. They are both AHL'ers in my opinion. GoGo started off strong, but has been playing (as I predicted) like an AHLer lately! Lovejoy is an AHLer.

Sorry I wasn't very clear. I meant Wilson for Bylsma. ;-)

 
November 11, 2010  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I think you just saved a lot of money on that colostomy cause somebody on here is going to rip you a new one. Enjoy.

LOL!!!

We don't bother anymore, especially considering he is probably a Wings' fan. ;)

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