There is no consistent seating chart for the Penguins when they are on the road. Visiting locker rooms are configured differently. At TD Garden on Friday, centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin occupied a small section with just two lockers on one side of the Penguins' locker room. They sat there -- in contrast and yet hurting for the same reason -- after a 1-0 loss to Boston that ended the team's season with a series sweep by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference final. Neither star player had a point in the series. Crosby, surrounded by two sets of reporters, quietly answered question after question, his voice low and with little detectable emotion. "You score two goals [as a team] in four games in a series, and personally to go without any points, it doesn't sit very well," said Crosby, who had never gone four playoff games in a row without a point before this series. Malkin sat for several minutes with his head down, stunned and not wanting to speak to anyone. When he did, he assigned himself a lot of blame. "We scored two goals in four games. It's not enough," Malkin said. "It's my mistake to score zero goals. It's not good for me." Both Crosby and Malkin have been the NHL scoring champion and league MVP. Crosby is a finalist to win the Hart Trophy as MVP again this season and in all likelihood would have led the league in points during the regular season if he had not missed the final 12 games of the regular season because of surgery for a broken jaw. The stage was set for one or both of them to help the Penguins salvage at least one win in the series and bring it back to Consol Energy Center for what would have been Game 5 Sunday night. Previously in games where the Penguins were facing elimination, Crosby had three goals, nine points in 10 games, and Malkin had four goals, 10 points in 10 games.
Penguins stars at a loss for words
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Jun 8