Brooks Orpik's statements after the game when asked if the Pens should have won:
"Do I think so? Yeah," he said. "We're up by a goal in the third period. We get a power play and have a chance to make it 3-1, and instead we give them a short-handed goal. So all due respect to them, a team that's as experienced and as good as we are, we shouldn't be losing games that way."
"Maybe I'm in the minority here, I'm getting tired of hearing that we played hard and we should have deserved better," Orpik said. "We're not winning hockey games, and that's what it comes down to. I don't know. I don't feel very good leaving the rink when you lose, no matter how you played....
"I'm getting very concerned. Everyone wants to talk about the playoffs. We've still got eight games to go here, and we're not exactly playing too well. The way we're playing now, we'll be out in the first round. It's getting pretty frustrating, yeah."
When asked about not beating the Caps yet this year:
"Look at last year; I think they beat us 3-1 last year, too," he said. "That didn't add up [in the postseason]. So I don't think it matters, but I think obviously, no matter who you're playing, you've got to take care of what you're doing a little better right now. We're not. We're finding ways to lose."
If you go back and look at all the games the Penguins and Caps have played this season, you'll find that almost all were the same.
In the first matchup, the game was tied going into the third.
The second game, the Pens had a 4-2 lead.
And last night, another tied score going into the third.
But the biggest and most glaring repeat occurence in this year's Pens/Caps series is Mike Knuble.
In 3 games, he has 3 goals. Count the shootout goal he scored, and that is 2 game-winners, as well.
That is the definition of a Penguin Killer.
But the Pens played a strong game.
Take out three minutes in the third period, and you have a 2-1 win.
But that really doesn't even make sense.
As Pens fans, we're not used to seeing this type of loss in March.
In fact, the Pens are in minor collaspe mode, losing 6 of their last 8.
But you can still take positives out of this game.
Jordan Staal's goal to preserve a point was huge and seemed unlikely at the time it occured.
And the Pens did play a hell of a game, against the league's best team, without two of their most important parts in Sarge Gonchar and Geno Malkin.
You want to talk about MVP statistics:
Penguins record in their last eight games without Geno: 1-7
What is even more stunning is that the Pens are now 0-9 against the Devils and Caps.
And yet they are still number two in the East.
All told, it is definitely bizarre times in the Land of the World Champs.
Pens clinch playoff berth with Atlanta regulation loss against Toronto tonight.