Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

No Heart Deep in Texas Dallas Had Clear Edge in Shutout Stars 3, Penguins 0

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

No Heart Deep in Texas Dallas Had Clear Edge in Shutout Stars 3, Penguins 0

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DALLAS -- Penguins coach Dan Bylsma probably was tempted to burn the tapes of his team's 5-1 loss to Florida Monday night at Consol Energy Center.

Not a bad idea, but he might want to try something different with any video evidence of their 3-0 defeat to the Dallas Stars Saturday night at American Airlines Center.

Back the team bus over it, maybe. Then put the remnants through a shredder.

Or perhaps Bylsma could do something really extreme with the tapes, and force his players to sit and watch all 60 minutes.


Assuming human-rights activists wouldn't construe that as cruel and unusual punishment, of course.

OK, the Penguins' performance against Dallas didn't actually rise to the level of an international incident, but neither was it what could reasonably be expected of a team that has overcome considerable adversity to cobble together one of the best records in the NHL (36-14-2).

Especially when, less than a week earlier, they had been humbled by another club that, like the Stars, faces the very real possibility of witnessing the Stanley Cup playoffs only through the miracle of cable television.

"I think it's work ethic right now," Penguins left winger Tanner Glass said. "I think it's shortcuts, and thinking that it's going to come easy. It's a good league with good teams, and you can't take shortcuts.

"They outworked us. A lot of times, they were first on the pucks and more physical in the puck battles. When they're first and physical, it makes it tough to recover pucks."

Glass, it should be noted, was one of the Penguins who did more than break even in physical confrontations with the Stars. He accounted for 13 of the Penguins' 36 hits; no teammate had more than six.

The Penguins actually outhit Dallas, but that was one of the few statistical categories in which they had an edge.

Dallas' most significant advantage came in special-teams play, as the Stars dominated the Penguins' power play and penalty-kill, both of which had entered the game as the top-ranked units in the league.

Dallas scored on the first two of its three chances with the extra man, and killed all four Penguins power plays.

"We're minus-2 in the special-teams battle," Bylsma said. …

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