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Since the start of the season, the Penguins have only dropped four games. They have a division-leading 14 points, and captain Sidney Crosby leads the league in points.
On the outside, it looks like things are going pretty well for the “boys of winter.” The only issue? Three of those four losses have come in the last three games.
The three-game losing streak started Monday, when the Central Division leaders came to Consol Energy Center. The Colorado Avalanche have only lost one of their 10 games, registering 18 points. Stellar play from both defenses kept the game within reach for the Penguins, but one goal was all the Avalanche needed to pull away and take the 1-0 victory. The shutout was the first against the Penguins in the 2013-14 season.
Looking to rebound against the New York Islanders, the Penguins held a 2-1 lead heading into the third period of play. A defensive breakdown proved to be the nail in the coffin for the Penguins, who allowed the Islanders to tie the game twice and eventually claim the 4-3 victory.
Continuing the trend of third-period defensive meltdowns, the team traveled to Toronto to take on the surprising Eastern Conference leaders, the Maple Leafs.
The Penguins got out to an early 1-0 lead when Kris Letang ripped a power play goal past goalie James Reimer. Toronto would score a late first-period goal to tie the game heading into the first intermission.
A quiet second period gave hope to both teams as neither was able to put the puck in the net. The third period, however, was all Toronto.
Opening up play in the third, Nazem Kadri shot a backhander behind Marc- Andre Fleury, giving the Maple Leafs their first lead of the game. Toronto would score two more goals: a power play from Phil Kessel and an empty netter to hand the Penguins their third straight loss.
Three losses aren’t really going to have that big of an impact on a team that is poised to make a deep postseason run.