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Drive to the Net: How to analyze a collapse when Penguins’ focus, effort are at root

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The Rangers' Chris Kreider leaps to celebrates teammate Mika Zibanejad's goal Wednesday. - AP

NEW YORK -- Hockey, for all its speed and simplicity, can be slowed to a crawl when studied. We can splice through video from multiple frames and angles. We can split the schematic atom with all the advanced analytics available. We can assign accountability to almost any action on the ice.

And yet, on truly special occasions such as the Penguins' 4-3 you-really-had-to-be-here-to-believe it overtime loss to the Rangers' AHL affiliate Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden ... well, we can aspire for analysis that's far more appropriate.

"#$%&*@!"

Yep. A single syllable, one commonly heard on the streets of Midtown Manhattan, summed this up more sweetly than anyone should ever try.

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