Coach Craig Berube was a red as a tomato during the clubs press conference following a 3-1 loss in game two.  Down 2-0 in the series, the Penguins find themselves in a hole that feels nothing short of insurmountable at this point.  The Blue Jackets have been lights out this offseason, having knocked off the Philadelphia Flyers in a timely fashion, a team that is two years removed from winning it all.  Columbus picked up where they left off from round one, and have held the Penguins to just two goals so far this series. 

"We aren't executing.  It's as simple as that.  We are generating low quality chances.  There seems to be no urgency at this point," said the coach. 

The Penguins scored 35 times in the first round, averaging 5 goals per game.  The snake bitten club is optimistic that things will change on the road. 

"It's not as though we lack fire power.  The guys in this room are capable of producing.  We have three of the best players to lace up the skates.  We have some young guys and vets that can put the puck in the net.  If we continue to play the game the right way, the goals should come," added veteran Calvin DeHaan.

Only one powerplay unit practiced during the Penguins morning skate, hinting that the team plans to lean on the players they value the most.

Evgeni Malkin played the right side, a position that he is not accustomed to playing.

"It is adjustment sure. But I be ready. We win game three for sure," Geno added in his thick Russian accent.  

Alexander Ovechkin skated on two lines during teams workout flow.  Evgeni Malkin and Lucas Raymond, as well as Andrew Cogliano and Noel Acciari.  It is clear that the Great 8 will see a lion's share of the ice on Thursday night.  Jusso Riikola skated with John Marino.  All signs suggest that he will be the team's seventh defender. 

It is safe to say that Game 3 is a must win for the Penguins.  More to come. 


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