The usual mantra about not getting too low or too high still rings true. That doesn't make what happened last night any easier. It was embarrassing, and it has nothing to do with how people want to perceive the opponent's skill level. There was booing. There were obscenities.
Crosby and Malkin started the game. Interesting wrinkle.
Okposo boarded CFA, and the Pens went on the PP. Yeah, that was rough. Isles had 2 shots. Pens had zero.
Pens got another PP when some joke went off for a high stick. The Pens got a shot on goal during those 2 minutes. Baby steps.
Jeffrey got his first look with Malkin/Neal and made some sweet pass coming through the neutral zone.
Isles laid in the cut all period then scored one late. The Paul Martin Index takes its first dive of the season. Then again, MAF seemed really excited to poke-check and overcommited.
Isles threatened early in the period. Pens answered back and were carrying the play.
Then vomit. Engelland bobbled a puck at the point. Michael Grabner picked up the puck and hit top speed by the time he reached the red line. He came down and squeaked one through MAF.
Puck went the other way, and Neal took a penalty for some reason. The Islanders set up their PP in 7 seconds. Great movement.
Oh, look — The Pens were gonna need MAF to keep Tavares in check. It's a recipe for success. But Tavares roofed a one-timer on the PP.
Lovejoy got destroyed, and the Pens were gifted a 5-minute major penalty.
Fans started booing the anemic power play at the end of the second and into the third.
Vokoun replaced MAF to start the third.
That 5-minute power play continued, and the jeers continued. There was actually a moment where Crosby committed his 400th power-play turnover of the season, and the Pens faithful booed him. Crosby looked really off.
All cruise control for the third. Getting out of the game injury-free was gonna be a mini-win.
Those back-to-back PP goals by the Isles. Probably not the "turning point," but it was a circle of Hell.