The Penguins’ 5-2 loss at New Jersey Tuesday night featured some of this season’s greatest hits: 

*New Jersey blew open a 2-1 game by scoring two goals in 16 seconds midway through the third period. 

*Evgeni Malkin’s lazy hooking penalty in the second period gave the Devils a power play that they converted to take the lead for good. 

Stuff like that has been happening consistently for years. 

Some other frequent problems are: 

*Conceding goals right after scoring. 

*A power play that ranks 29th in the NHL punctuated by 10 short-handed goals against. 

*The Penguins have played 14 overtime games, winning during three-on-three just three times. They don’t practice three-on-three. 

These aren’t things that can necessarily be fixed. 

These are things that bad teams do. The Penguins are a bad team. 

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