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Drive to the Net: What was Letang even trying? ☕


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Kris Letang crosschecks Mat Barzal before the Islanders' OT goal Wednesday night in Uniondale, N.Y. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Don't ask what Kris Letang was thinking.

Ask what he was even trying.

So much went awry for the Penguins, particularly their all-over-creation defensemen, in this 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday night at Nassau Coliseum. And in that process, so many individuals were responsible, from the coaching staff through most of the roster.

But on that decisive goal, by Josh Bailey at 4:39 of overtime, it began with one very bad idea:

That up there is Letang entering the New York zone one-on-three, then trying ... let's zoom in a little to see:

My God, that's a toe-drag. Maybe the lowest-percentage move in hockey, one that hasn't worked for anyone associated with the Penguins on any consistent basis since ... what, Mike Bullard?

Which is all bad enough. But the full context offers much more badness.

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