Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Not Enough Time to Dwell on Bad Night in Columbus

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Not Enough Time to Dwell on Bad Night in Columbus

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The Penguins didn't have much time to linger on their 7-1 loss at Columbus Thursday night because the Friday night game against the New Jersey Devils was less than 24 hours later.

But coach Mike Sullivan wants his team to learn some lessons from what he called a "humbling" defeat against a division rival.

"I don't think we can overthink it," Sullivan said. "For me, certainly we don't want to overlook it, either. We want to heed the lessons and take what we can from it to try and improve as a group. We've got to move by it and play."

Sullivan pointed out that even though the game got away from the Penguins in the third, there were plenty of positives to take away from the first half of the contest.

"I trust our leadership," he said. "I know our guys, they care about what's going on here, they're proud guys and when we play the game the right way, we're a good team."

The Blue Jackets effectively sealed the win early in the third period, when they scored three goals in 51 seconds.

It's not the first time the Penguins have let an opponent score in quick succession en route to a lopsided loss, either. Nashville scored two in 56 seconds in a 5-1 win Oct. 22, Washington got two in 2:22 in its 7-1 blowout Nov. 16 and Minnesota scored two in 4:28 in a 6-2 win Nov. 25.

Sullivan, though, didn't think those numbers were necessarily part of any larger theme.

"We gave up three goals in [51] seconds," he said. "What are the chances? This group has been so good as responding the right way to the adversities in the game and staying in it. I don't know that we can read into that at this point."

Career high vs. Murray

The six goals Matt Murray gave up Thursday marked a career high for him. He was pulled early in the third for Marc-Andre Fleury, who started against the Devils.

"It wasn't his best," Sullivan said of Murray's performance. …

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