I guess the good thing about the game today was that the Penguins got a lot of bodies back. Paul Marin, Chuck Kobasew, Jayson Megna, and James Neal were all back in the lineup. That is good. Martin and Megna have missed some extended time so you expected a little rust out of them but overall it looked like everyone on the ice hasn't played in some time. Just kinda ugly.
The best player on the ice was probably Evgeni Malkin. That is not really saying a whole lot since a lot of other players were pretty bad but in the early going Malkin was on fire but it was Scott Clemmensen who stole the show today as he stopped 35 of the 36 shots the Penguins threw at him.
James Neal was pretty good also, but again Clemmensen is better. Neal got some point blank looks earlier and when he gets as many good looks as he did tonight he usually buries at least one of them. Not tonight.
Matt Niskanen said it best though:
Matt Niskanen: "It isn't like us not to care about playing hard or about playing the right way. It was a piss-poor effort."— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) January 21, 2014
Back at it Wednesday.