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Drive to the Net: Turnovers ugly, costly


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The Penguins' reactions on the bench following Cam Atkinson's shorthanded goal. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- "Giveaways" is a funny stat.

The NHL doesn't have an official definition for giveaways, but it's understood to be when a player's own actions lead to a turnover of the puck.

The problem with that is that it's entirely subjective. Each building's official scorers might have varying opinions on what constitutes a giveaway, and there's human error involved in recording these stats as the game goes on. So, it's tough to use the straight giveaway number as an assessment of a team's play.

In Saturday's 4-1 loss in Columbus, the Penguins were credited with 10 giveaways to the Blue Jackets' five. 10 is far from the Penguins' single-game high this season. But this was a game where it felt like those giveaways had a monumental effect on the outcome of the game.

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