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Steel City Sports Report:
New York Islanders
What a difference a year makes.The Penguins got out to a 3-0 lead and, instead of losing in overtime as they did in Game 1 last year agains the Flyers, they added two more goals and defeated the New York Islanders 5-0 to take a 1-0 series lead.The shoddy defense and poor goaltending that led to the demise of the Penguins cup run last year was nonexistent. The Penguins shutout the Islanders, killing all four Long Island power plays and refusing to allow any odd-man chances. The speed of the Islanders was compromised and the Penguins poured over the boards, wave after wave.Matt Cooke drew a penalty on former Penguin, Brian Strait, just 1:40 into the first period. Jarome Iginla had two huge blasts from the left point, the second shot hitting Evgeni Nabokov on the mask. Nabokov needed a moment to regain his faculties before play started again. A clearing attempt was knocked down by a referee in the neutral zone and the Penguins were able to counterattack from center ice. Beau Bennett came down the right side and fired a perfectly placed wrist shot over the left shoulder of the goaltender, beating Nabokov on the near side.The Penguins tightened up their defense from the drop of the puck. The Islanders did not gain an odd-man rush and every time they had a decent scoring chance, there were five black jerseys in the shooting lanes. By the end of the first period, the Penguins had 19 blocked shots.Pascal Dupuis scored 13:23 into the first period to extend the lead. Craig Adams was chopping at a loose puck in front of the net and it ultimately came out to Jarome Iginla who was positioned in the low slot. Iginla's shot was stopped by Nabokov, but the goaltender was hung out to try coming five feet outside the crease to knock down the angle. Dupuis backhanded the rebound into the net.The Penguins had a power play heading into the second period and Evgeni Malkin drew a tripping penalty to earn a brief 5 on 3 power play. Kris Letang took the puck at the left point, paused, and fired a perfect shot past Nabokov to make it 3-0 Penguins.James Neal was injured during the power play when he took a hit into the boards. His knee appeared to buckle and he was taken into the locker room for further evaluation. Neal did not return.Just 32 seconds later, Pascal Dupuis pounced on a loose puck in front of the net and backhanded his second goal of the game. Nabokov was pulled for Kevin Poulin. Tanner Glass got on the board 13:03 into the second when his shot bounced off a skate in front and deflected into the net. In the third period, the Penguins continued to pound the Islanders. By the final frame, the Islanders looked reluctant to retrieve the puck in their own end. The frustration boiled over for Marty Reasoner who stuck out his foot to clip Jussi Jokinen. As a scrum ensued after the hit, Jokinen skated off on his own power and went right to the locker room. Reasoner was given a 5 minute major and a 10 minute game misconduct. Travis Hamonic, Douglas Murray, Matt Moulson and Casey Cizikas were all given game misconducts. The Penguins didn't score on their final power play but they exited with a 1-0 series lead.Marc-Andre Fleury posted his sixth career shutout.Beau Bennett was the first rookie to score the first goal of a playoff series for the Penguins since Jordan Staal in 2007 vs. Ottawa.Douglas Murray, Brenden Morrow and Tanner Glass combined for 16 total hits.Three StarsMarc-Andre Fleury Pascal DupuisJarome Iginla
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Sidney Crosby worked out with the Penguins conditioning coach and left the ice before the Penguins started their practice this morning. Odds are Crosby will not be playing tonight. Coach Bylsma usually has the players attend the regular practice if they are playing, though he could make an exception for Crosby.
While it is up in the air whether he will be in the lineup for the...
Sidney Crosby will visit a doctor on Tuesday to confirm whether or not he his clear to play in Game 1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Eastern COnference Quarterfinal series against the New York Islanders.
Crosby told Josh Yohe of McKeesport Daily
James Neal was viciously slashed by NY Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic during a Penguins 5 on 3 powerplay in the second period of Wednesday night’s playoff game. While it is being speculated that Neal had a lower body injury after a clean check by Hamonic, you can clearly see in the first video that it is Neal’s right hand that is being checked on the bench. Neal went...
Via the Pens:
The Pens are on the ice practicing. Only James Neal was absent. Paul Martin missed the early portion of practice (so he did not skate in rushes). Sidney Crosby skated with his former linesmates Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis. Here were the rushes...
Pittsburgh Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby will miss game one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight. Crosby, who took a puck to the face in late March, was sidelined throughout the month of April. Though he has been cleared to practice with the team, he needs an additional clearance for game play. The rest of the [...]
The Pittsburgh Penguins completely and utterly dominated the New York Islanders in game one of their Stanley Cup Playoff series, winning 5-0. Beau Bennett got things started early on the power play less than five minutes into the game by beating Evgeni Nabokov with this ridiculous shot. Nabokov had literally no chance, this is one of the most perfect shots I’ve ever seen. To...
Wednesday night the top seed in the east, the Pittsburgh Penguins face off in their opening round series against the #8 seed New York Islanders. There is a bit of history between these two teams. The fearless leader of Pensburgh.com “Hooks Orpik” (one of the best handles in all of the hockey blogging universe) spends 5 minutes in the box with us discussing the series from...
Sidney Crosby is still waiting for doctors to tell him his broken jaw has healed enough to allow him to play.
With or without their dynamic captain, the Pittsburgh Penguins are under pressure heading into the opening round of the NHL playoffs. Pittsburgh is the top team in the Eastern Conference and on Wednesday faces the surging New York Islanders.
Crosby broke his jaw a month...
The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of the most-watched teams in America. While the previous sentence might sound like some form of nonsensical gloating you might hear from a sports fan, it's actually pretty accurate according to a recent article from Sports Business Daily.
The report states that prior to their final few games of 2013 the Penguins were on pace to post the highest...
The rookie scored. So did the enforcer. The Norris Trophy-candidate defenseman too. And the underrated forward in the midst of a career season did it twice.
Not bad for a team missing arguably the best player on the planet.
The Pittsburgh Penguins crushed the New York Islanders 5-0 in their playoff opener on Wednesday night, looking very much like a Stanley Cup contender even with...
poll by twiigs.com
Observations from Pens' 5-0, Game 1 win over Isles
Evgeni Malkin: Passed up a shot from the slot in the third period when it looked like he had a good look at the net. Malkinâs attempted pass to the right wing was sticked away by an Islander. Only Kris Letang (3:53) saw more time on the power play than Geno (3:46). Malkin led the team with four...
From Sports Business Daily's John Ourand,
Are this year’s Pittsburgh Penguins about to join the ranks of the most-watched American sports teams?
Heading into their final regular-season games last week, the Penguins were on pace to post the highest average RSN rating for any U.S.-based MLB, NBA or NHL team since 2002. Penguins games on Root Sports were averaging a 12...
Just because the Hurricanes are out of it doesn't mean my tracking days are over. I'll be doing various stat tracking for every playoff game this year and will be posting scoring chance reports here for the ones I'm able to do live. I'll have reports for the other games posted at a later date (possibly after each series is over), but scoring chances will come a day...
The NHL made the "2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series" official today. The Pittsburgh Penguins will meet the Chicago Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Soldier Field.
This could be the most unnecessary event that we'll ever watch with great intensity.
NHL’s Coors Light stadium series: water down your event like Coors waters...
Obviously this isn't the complete history of the two teams playing against one another, but here are some key moments in Penguins/Islanders history.
That video pretty much explains the situation. The Islanders came back from a 0-3 hole to eliminate the Penguins.
The Pens were pretty much annihilated by the Islanders in the first two games...