The Rink Report: Crosby booted from game during Penguins’ embarrassing west coast road loss to LA Kings

Written By Anthony Cugini, Sports Columnist

On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Penguins were blown out 6-0 by the Los Angeles Kings. Kings’ forward Adrian Kempe recorded four of the six goals for L.A.

Pens’ captain Sidney Crosby allowed his frustrations to get the better of him. With just over ten minutes left in the third period, Crosby took a crosscheck while in front of the Kings’ net and then got into multiple altercations with L.A. players. He was handed a game misconduct.

Crosby’s ejection summed up the night for Pittsburgh — nothing went their way. . 

On top of allowing six goals, the Penguins failed to score any of their own. Usually there are some positives to take from a game even if the result didn’t go the way Pittsburgh had hoped. This wasn’t one of those times.

Despite the loss in Los Angeles, the rest of the week went pretty well. 

In arguably the best win of the season, the Penguins took down the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 in overtime on Tuesday.

Pittsburgh tied things up at one apiece late in the game thanks to a goal off the skate of Bryan Rust. In overtime, the Pens looked to have thrown the game away after Evgeni Malkin picked up a tripping penalty. This gave the Avalanche a 4-on-3 advantage which is usually a death sentence for the penalized team.

Miraculously, Pittsburgh killed the penalty then immediately went on the attack. The Penguins’ hard work came to fruition as Kris Letang scored the overtime winner just fifteen seconds after Malkin’s penalty had ended.

The Penguins continued the strong play as they dominated their way to a 6-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. 

Young defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph scored twice in the win and recorded an assist to continue his dominant game play. Malkin was also able to contribute two assists and tally 1,200 career points. It’s a milestone Malkin has been working towards since his debut in 2006, and earlier this season he played in his 1,000 NHL game.

Pittsburgh will look past the loss against the Kings as they make their way to San Jose to play the Sharks on Tuesday. Pittsburgh will finish their road trip in New York to take on the Islanders. The game in the Big Apple will mark the end of a four game road trip.