If the rulebook is not factored in the Penguins would be a .500 club and when you consider the average age of the team, that would be very impressive. Unfortunately there are rules and they simply cannot seem to get on the right side of the rulebook. From day one this team has been unprepared for the changes the league has made and very few players have made the adjustment and look comfortable out there. Special teams have been pathetic. The power play was expected to be superb, many (myself included) assumed it would be the best in the league!
This game was not a bad effort but it was the same old same old as far as special team play goes and bad penalties. They get called for enough ticky tacky stuff so they don't need to take dumb penalties on top of that, but yet they insist on doing just that. :x Recchi can't make up for all of his constant blunders with a nice end to end goal any easier then Gonchar could.
The outlook for the rest of this season lies somewhere between watching Therrian try to whip the team into an aggressive yet disciplined machine and a showcase of what kind of potential these guys should have for the next campaign.