Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Canucks 5, Penguins 2 Another Tough Night at Office Recent Problems Persist for Penguins as Canucks Romp

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Canucks 5, Penguins 2 Another Tough Night at Office Recent Problems Persist for Penguins as Canucks Romp

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Frustration wasn't hard to find inside the Penguins dressing room late Wednesday night.

Patric Hornqvist declined to talk. Said his number wasn't on the board indicating who should be available to media -and he was right.

Phil Kessel's number was on the board, but he grabbed his stuff and left anyway, telling those asking for his comments to "get someone else."

Sidney Crosby, who talks after pretty much every loss but got a night off, remained silent as he shoved equipment into a bag, sporting a dejected look that told the story of the Penguins' 5-2 loss against the Vancouver Canucks at PPG Paints Arena.

On Nov. 4, the Penguins lost in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the common theme was that they were cool with it because the process was there. Same deal Wednesday, really. The Penguins (11-9-3) did a bunch of good things but left with a bad taste in their mouths.

"We just have to keep working at it," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "We can't get frustrated. We've just got to get more determined."

Sullivan was answering a question about his team's five-on-five play after the Penguins failed to score a five-on-five goal for the second consecutive game.

Basically, the Penguins generated enough. But they didn't convert anything, and that's starting to wear on them. Through 23 games this season, the Penguins have 30 five-on-five goals. Only San Jose had less, and the Sharks were playing their 20th game late Wednesday.

"The fact that we haven't scored five-on-five, or our overall five-on-five game isn't where we want it to be, is concerning," Sullivan said. "I don't think it's a matter of generating scoring chances.

"I think we're getting opportunities. We haven't been able to finish on some of the opportunities."

Crosby's frustration, while palpable, was perfectly understandable. He has one goal in his past 15 games. Through 23 games last season, Crosby had 21 goals. But like Sullivan said, the chances have been there. Wednesday, there were a lot.

Sullivan thought Crosby's line with Hornqvist and Conor Sheary was a threat every time they touched the ice. Naturalstattrick.com credited Crosby with contributing to 16 scoring chances while on the ice during five-on-five play and charged him with just one against. …

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