Down 3-2 in the final minute, the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled Marc-Andre Fleury. The extra attacker failed, and the Pens fell to the Montreal Canadiens.
With that sad news now behind us, let’s take a look into one reason why the Pens are still without a win on this young season.
The Pens had only two shots on net during the first 10 minutes of the game and had four total in the period. That has got to change for the team to have any success moving forward. Kris Letang has been doing his part by leading the team with 15 shots, three more than Phil Kessel so far.
In their first game of the season against the Dallas Stars, the Pens were shutout but registered 10 shots in that first period. They took 37 shots total in that game. Coming into last night, they had 65 shots total. Beginning the game with such meager numbers is evidence that once again the Pens got off on the wrong foot. After being outplayed during the first period, the shot rate picked up and the goals started coming.
The Pens ended up with 33 shots on goal against the Canadiens, and that number must increase if the team is going to shoot their way out of this early season scoring slump. After scoring none in the first game, one in the second game and now two in the third game, the trend is heading upwards.
New Goal Song?
Speaking of scoring, there has been an online campaign supported by the website Pittsburgh Sports and Mini Ponies to have the Pens change their goal song to “Party Hard,” by Andrew W.K. Instead, Pens fans were once again greeted with Zombie Nation’s “Kernkraft 400,” an already well-trod sports arena song. In fact, it’s has been a big part of Penn State Football for years now.
After former Penguin Thomas Greiss said:
Greiss on #Isles crowd “Was fun to play (here) especially coming from Pittsburgh, its pretty dead there." @IslesInsight
— Scott Charles (@ScottmCharles) October 12, 2015
It is a little more understandable why the song is fitting.
Considering the crowd during the game, "Zombie Nation" is a perfect goal song #PartyHard
— Purple Monkey Dishwasher (@HayekandHockey) October 14, 2015
For his part, Nicholas of PSAMP said, “I love Andrew W.K. and that album [but] I could have picked any song really. I just want fans rallying in a positive way.”
The team is at least listening:
@psamp We hear you, Psamp. We're passing it along, we promise.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 14, 2015
As this was the home opener, there was a new pregame video to debut. If you missed it during the pregame broadcast, the Pens will have it on their website tomorrow.
Want to see our pre-game video from tonight's home opener? We will have it on Thursday. It'll be worth the wait. pic.twitter.com/agiCK5HDPy
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 13, 2015
Lee is a contributor here at The Hockey Writers as well as at Pens Initiative. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, he worked an internship at VH1 Radio in NYC and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Penn State – New Kensington campus student newspaper, The Nittany Pride. You can visit Lee’s website here: leecjsobotka.com.