Oil Spill

Dawn won't be able to clean the oil off these Penguins' wings.

The Pittsburgh Penguins were looking to take the number two spot in the league with an easy win in Edmonton on Friday night. Things were looking good for the Penguins in the second period, James Neal scored his seventeenth goal of the season, two minutes into the period. Edmonton's deficit only increased when Sidney Crosby scored his twenty-fifth goal of the season only six minutes after Neal's.

Edmonton needed a miracle if they wanted to have a chance with these Pesky Pens. With 53 seconds into the third period, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins slapped in a power-play goal to make it a one score game. The Oilers weren't done, forward Taylor Hall wristed one past net minder Jeff Zatkoff. The Penguins needed to convert quick if they wanted to win this crucial game. 12:16 into the third, defender Kris Letang snuck a power play goal past Devan Dubnyk, to regain the lead.

The Oilers wanted to keep the game interesting; with two minutes felt in the game, Oilers defensemen, Anton Belov, scored his first goal of the season to tie the game up at 3. Pittsburgh would be unable to convert, and an overtime would have to decide the fate of the game. It would only take one minute for the game to be decided. Nugent-Hopkins would score his second of the game, thirteenth of the season to bring the Penguins down. Mind you, the Penguins can only receive one point now, not enough to pull them into second. 

What caused the fall of the Penguins? Mostly the cause of their loss was due to the fact that they came in expecting to pull out an easy win over the Oilers. With this mindset, the Penguins probably didn't play as hard as they would have if they were playing a "team that would give them a run." Essentially, over confidence is what brought the Penguins down.