Kovacevic: Dupuis felled, and Penguins follow

Sometimes it really isn't about strategy or sweat or even an egregious Evgeni Malkin giveaway.

Sure, the Penguins turned what felt like the safest possible one-goal lead against a sleepy Dallas squad into a stunning 3-2 loss Thursday night at Consol Energy Center -- Jamie Benn scored with 2:57 left, Tyler Seguin with just 2.9 seconds left -- and it left all concerned pretty sour.

"In the third, they were down one and started coming a little harder and ... we probably made it a little too easy on them," Sidney Crosby said. He was one of four players to show for the media availability, which only continued the silence that essentially defined the evening. "But still, to not even get a point out of that, it's a little frustrating."

No doubt. And all I'll add to actual hockey analysis is this: Malkin's turnover at the attacking blue line led to a Seguin breakaway that led to a waved-off goal that led to Lindy Ruff and the Stars fuming that led to their guys finally emerging from a fog that led to Benn's goal that led to Crosby needlessly yanking down Benn with 10 seconds left that led to Seguin's power-play goal on a one-timer that looked eminently stoppable on Marc-Andre Fleury's part that led to more questions about a penalty-killing unit that's been the lowlight of the Penguins' early going.

And that's it.

Because, if you ask me, all of this was really about Pascal Dupuis.

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