Madden Monday: ‘Penguins blew it. Choked is too strong of a word. Or maybe it’s not.’

A lot of Pittsburgh Penguins fans seem to have sympathy for the club even though it blew a 3-1 series lead to the New York Rangers. Sunday’s 4-3 overtime result in favor of New York finished off the series comeback for the Blueshirts and ended the Penguins’ season.

After all, the Penguins played part (or all) of the series without the likes of Sidney Crosby, Rickard Rakell, Brian Dumoulin, Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith.

But Mark Madden of 105.9 The X isn’t in the mood to cut the team much of a break.

“The Penguins got exactly what they deserve,” Madden said during this week’s “Madden Monday” podcast. “Despite the injuries. Despite whatever excuses you want to make … the Penguins blew it. Choked is too strong of a word. Or maybe it’s not.”

A big reason why Madden wants to avoid handing out benefit of the doubt to the Pens is because of how many leads they blew along the way.

“They were up three games to one. They led by two goals in Game 5. They led by two goals in Game 6. They led by a goal twice in Game 7. And they gave up the tying goal with less than six minutes in regulation. So you can’t say they deserve better,” Madden insisted.

As for Jarry specifically, Madden is a bit more willing to cut the goalie a break because he hadn’t played for about a…

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