Let’s not make too much of this. Leclaire, Neil, Donovan all returned to game action after long stretches of inactivity. Plus, we know that our defense isn’t the best, and Pittsburgh’s offense is top notch. It’s more lopsided than I’d like to see, but yes we were well beaten and deservedly so. Damn shame Alf was injured though, we’ll really miss him especially with Spezza down for as long as he is.
Let’s hope Clouston can use this loss to teach a few lessons about defensive hockey and movement on the powerplay.