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New York Islanders
The New York Islanders will head to Pittsburgh with an even series, tied at two games a piece. While two of the last three games of this best of seven will be on the road, the eight seed from Long Island looks poised to make a move on the Eastern Conference favorite, Penguins.John Tavares scored the game winning goal 10:11 into the third period and Casey Cizikas added another late goal to route the Penguins 6-4, Tuesday night. For the Penguins, it was a carbon copy of last season's breakdown against the Philadelphia Flyers. The team that swore and execute a better defensive approach throughout the regular season officially came unglued for the entire hockey world to see. Kris Letang and Mark Eaton made countless turnovers in their own end, Evgeni Malkin gave back every goal he was involved in, and Marc-Andre Fleury completely melted down.Meanwhile, the Islanders weathered an offensive storm from the Penguins, counter punched, then briskly killed the remaining nine minutes of...
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During the offseason Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero signed goaltender Tomas Vokoun for multiple reasons. For the entire 2011-12 NHL season the Penguins did not have a dependable backup for Marc-Andre Fleury, and when he faltered there was no place to go. This was never more evident than the display put on during the terrible [...]
Before I begin, I must confess that it pained me to write this piece. The last thing I want to do is be hard on a player—in this case Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury—when he’s down. Not only is Fleury the longest tenured Penguin—his career dates back to 2003-04—but he’s been such a huge part to the team’s success. Plus, he seems like such a kind and gentle soul.
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What should we make of the video above where Kris Letang cross-checks an NHL official? As the linesman comes in to separate two players after an icing call, he brushes past Letang and shifts him out of his way. The Pittsburgh defenseman appears to take offense and gives the official a light cross-check in the side. Some fans are clamoring for Letang to receive some sort of discipline...
Dan Bylsma and the Pittsburgh Penguins apparently could only watch so much. There’s only so much you can take when you have one of the most talented rosters in all of hockey, yet you’re struggling to get out of the first round for what would be the third straight season.
The obvious continuing (and disturbing) trend for the Penguins and their fans is the play in goal of Marc...
With a healthy line-up, Jarome Iginla would likely play alongside Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. Evgeni Malkin would play with James Neal and Chris Kunitz. Those combinations have proven successful in the past. There's no doubt that Evgeni Malkin and James Neal have great chemistry with one another and Chris Kunitz played well alongside them last season. Crosby and Dupuis also...
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury flopped in the playoffs last season, so the team added veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun.Fleury struggled again this spring, so coach Dan Bylsma replaced him with Vokoun – who brings a modest 3-8 career playoff record into Game 5 against the New York Islanders.“Tomas is capable of being a great goalie for us,” Bylsma told reporters...
The Pittsburgh Penguins are a very frustrated team, and why shouldn’t they be? They have been scoring plenty of goals to win games, yet they are only tied 2-2 with the New York Islanders through four games. After the horn blew to end game four, Jarome Iginla and Matt Martin started pushing and shoving. That’s when both teams came together and Evgeni Malkin and Travis Hamonic...
Couple of things really surprised me about Tuesday's Penguins-Islanders Game 4 on the Island:
1) That Pens coach Dan Bylsma allowed goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to remain in the game after it was apparent in the second period he was a mess;
2) That Bylsma seems reluctant to make adjustments to his game while the Islanders came at Pittsburgh with speed and unrelenting pressure...
From Sports Illustrated:
(NEW YORK – May 7, 2013) – Pittsburgh Penguins’ star Sidney Crosby continues to amaze by coming back from injury better than when he left, writes Michael Rosenberg in this week’s SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. Since returning from a 13 game absence with a broken jaw, Crosby, who makes his fifth appearance on the SI cover, has scored two goals and assisted...
This one may inspire a bit of anger from some people.....
"The Most Amazing Thing About The Most Amazing Player."
Yeah, who could be upset at that?....
Sidney Crosby is on one of two Sports Illustrated covers this week. From the SI website:
Sidney Crosby is still only 25 years old (!?!) and has returned from a fractured jaw to anchor the Penguins in the...
The Big Leagues The Penguins captain thwarted retirement and his own broken body.
Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma insists he still believes in Marc-Andre Fleury, that the issues for the reeling Penguins go far beyond the struggles of their Stanley Cup-winning goaltender.
Still, that didn't stop Bylsma from making a switch he hopes will shift momentum in Pittsburgh's highly entertaining but slightly bewildering first-round playoff series with the...
In the salary-cap era, it seems really strange to have your team's backup goaltender making $2 million a year, especially when your number-one goalie is making $5 million. The summer following Fleury's collapse in the Flyers series, the memory was still fresh on Ray Shero's mind, and he made a move. He traded for Tomas Vokoun and quickly turned around and signed him to...
Tom Rock offers some much-needed consolation to Marc-Andre Fleury:
Fleury can take solace that this first-round performance is not as abysmal as last year's when he melted down against the Flyers and allowed 26 goals in six games. But it's close. Take away his shutout in Game 1 and he's allowed 14 goals in three games, more than the pace as last year's skid....
Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Martin St. Louis are the finalists for the 2013 Ted Lindsay Award.
From the NHL:
Crosby, who previously won the award in 2007, finished tied for third in the League in scoring with 56 points, but led the League with a 1.56 points-per-game average. He was limited to 36 games due to a broken jaw, and despite not playing a regular-season game...