The Ducks’ 6-4 season-opening loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins was a continued routine of events in which players appeared uncomfortable, uncertain and unsteady.
Part of that is the breaking-in stage for the team. There’s talent, for sure, but chemistry can’t be switched on.
So it was Thursday night, when Penguins’ returning NHL MVP Sidney Crosby struck for two goals and an assist, Pascal Dupuis returned from a blown-out knee in December to provide a goal and three assists and defenseman Olli Maatta had three assists as Pittsburgh fired 39 shots at 21-year-old Ducks goalie John Gibson.
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