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Go west, young man

February 20. 2013 12:02AM
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Why not? The east certainly hasn't been kind to the Penguins lately.
With the 3-2 overtime loss to Norfolk tonight, the Penguins have now lost nine of their last 10. Of those losses, seven of them have been against East Division opponents. In fact, they've now lost to everyone in their division at least once this month.
Losses always sting, but they burn more when they come against division foes. And it's showing in the standings. The Penguins are now a mere two points ahead of Norfolk for last place in the division.
So what's it going to take to turn things around?
Well, goals from those who are expected to produce points would help. Brian Gibbons and Jayson Megna both scored on Saturday, which was nice to see, but Eric Tangradi, Trevor Smith, Phil Dupuis and Benn Ferriero were held off the board once again. And it didn't help that Beau Bennett sat out his fifth straight game with an injury.
Ferriero and Tangradi haven't scored a goal since Dec. 7. Dupuis' last goal came on Oct. 21.
When Bennett gets back into the lineup and the scorers start scoring again, the wins will start coming. Until then, the Penguins can only hope opponents outside of their division will be a little kinder.
That won't happen anytime soon, however. Syracuse and Binghamton are the next two games on the schedule.

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