Pens missed Crosby against 'Bolts

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:39 AM ET

PITTSBURGH - As he did through all seven games of his team’s ill-fated first-round series, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby watched from the press box Wednesday night with headsets over his ears rather than a hockey helmet.

Ultimately, all the amount of grit and determination couldn’t overcome the absence of Crosby and Evgeni Malkin against a determined Tampa Bay Lightning squad.

“We miss everything about them,” Penguins winger Chris Kunitz said. “But we could only do it with the 20 guys we had in the lineup. We had a lot of guys step up in different areas. We just needed to find a way to score more goals.

“I don’t think we changed our style. We just had to focus on different areas.”

Those different areas stressed defence, but against a Lightning team that played a similar style, the disparity in offensive power was too much.

“The way this team continued to work and be successful given the situation we were in ... that work ethic and passion and ability to continue on and be a good team, they certainly proved (a great deal),” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.


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