Penguins hoping a little defense goes a long way

There are few teams in hockey as loaded offensively as the

Pittsburgh Penguins.

The trouble for the Penguins is, there are plenty of teams

better at the other end of the ice. Following two first-round

playoff exits, including a six-game loss to Philadelphia last

spring, Pittsburgh is hoping a renewed focus on defense will lead

to the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup.

The Penguins led the NHL in scoring last year, and that was with

star center Sidney Crosby limited to just 22 games due to

concussion-like symptoms. Yet Pittsburgh was a middling 17th in

goals allowed. The defense got even worse in the playoffs, when the

Flyers scored 30 goals in six games.

The short training camp hasn’t allowed Penguins coach Dan Bylsma

to tweak the team’s system yet, but the players say they need to be

more responsible defensively.