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PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins will play tonight's crucial Game Five vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets without veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik.
Orpik has been scratched from the lineup with an undisclosed injury. He also did not skate at Penguins practice on Friday.
Both teams had Thursday off following the dramatics of Wednesday night's Game Four, when the Blue Jackets rallied from 3-0 down to win 4-3 and tie the series at 2-2. All four games have been decided by a 4-3 score with the winner in each rallying from a 3-1 deficit at one point.
Orpik is not a scorer, but his late second period goal in Game Three was a turning point for the Penguins. The 11th year Penguin also has an assist and a +5 plus/minus rating for the series.
BEST OF MAXIM
Pens 3 Blue Jackets 1
Pens lead series 3-2.
By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh)
Kunitz (2) (PP) from Crosby, Niskanen
Jokinen (3) from Sutter, Stempniak
Letang (1) (EN) from Adams, Kunitz
Team offense…check. Team defense…check. Team goalie??? (Credit: @sd_chut)
Game 5 Leaders
Shots: Kunitz (7)
Missed Shots: Crosby (5)
Blocked Shots: Bortuzzo, Glass, Letang (2)
The Pittsburgh Penguins are lucky. They're lucky they find themselves knotted at two in a series in which they've largely been outplayed. The club's stars continue to underperform, countless Penguins parade to the penalty box as a result of undisciplined play and the Blue Jackets consistently outwork an opponent seemingly content to win or lose based solely on...
With today's 24/7 news coverage of professional sports, athletes tend to do much talking, most of the time having their words not lead to much good. We always hear cliched statements from players and coaches saying "This is going to change" and "We need to be better" etc... After the Penguins blew a 3-2 lead in game four last Wednesday, with only 30 seconds...
PITTSBURGH - Putting Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the same line for much of Saturday night's Game Five vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets was a tactical decision by Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.
More than that, it was a decision made in the interest of creating a spark -- in the team, and in Crosby and Malkin.
The Penguins won Game Five, 3-1, and now have the Blue Jackets...
One: It was a physical game on both sides of the puck, with the Penguins delivering more hits in the first period than Columbus. This was expected. The Blue Jackets weathered the barrage and threw a few of their own. Sidney Crosby was showing a little frustration by the end of the first with the hits he was taking.
Two: It took the Penguins four games to figure out that they almost...
It was like game 4 never happened.
The Penguins hit the Consol Energy Center ice with speed, physicality, desperation, determination...everything that seemed to be missing before. And boy did it ever make a difference.
It starts with Dan Bylsma who switched his lines up just a bit, playing Evgeni Malkin on Sidney Crosby's wing. That seemed to throw off Columbus and even...
Through the first four games of their opening-round series with Columbus—and ever since the Olympic break—the Penguins have looked like a team in search of an identity.
They may have found one on Saturday night. Called out by coach Dan Bylsma for a less-than-stellar effort in Game 4 and under intense fire from the local media, the Pens circled the wagons. Playing 60 minutes of...
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The Pittsburgh Penguins were up 3-0 a little more than halfway through the first period in game four and were about to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets when, well, I guess they realized it was April. The Penguins allowed Boone Jenner to score a power play goal before the first was over. Ryan Johansen scored another power play...
The Pittsburgh Penguins regained control of their first round matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets after a dominating performance over the weekend. Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma wanted to send a message by uniting Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the first line. The end result was a spirited performance from the Penguins that saw this team pick up a 3-1 victory...
The Penguins have absorbed 215 hits from Columbus in the first four games of their opening-round playoff series.
That’s easily the most of any NHL team in these playoffs, and that total doesn’t even include the one their own coach delivered Thursday.
Dan Bylsma, asked what aspect of his team’s performance in Games 1 through 4 troubles him most, did not point to the Penguins’...
Dan Bylsma’s criticisms of the his team effort worked well on Saturday night for the Penguins. They peppered Sergei Bobrovsky for 50 shots, and he used Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the same line. Crosby had an assist and Malkin played a strong game despite not getting on the score sheet. Marc-Andre Fleury bounced with an outstanding game getting the second...
Hate to see these things, both drew penalties:
A look back at some recent game fives in Pittsburgh Penguins history.
Of course, how the Penguins did in previous game fives means absolutely nothing in terms of today, but it’s a fun look back. Click on the score of each game for our recap.
Game Five, 2013 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals
Versus Ottawa Senators – Pens win 6-2
Game Five, 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals...
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have both not scored in almost their last ten playoff games. Pittsburgh's two star forwards are struggling badly, and it's a major reason why the Penguins could be upset by the Blue Jackets in the first round. I'm surprised that Pittsburgh is still salvaging a lead in the series (now up 3-2) with the absense of Crosby and Malkin's...
Ho. Lee. ****. A complete game. Top to bottom. The Pittsburgh Penguins played well. And they won. It’s actually possible. Marc-Andre Fleury wasn’t relied on to bail out irresponsible play. They scored timely goals. From their top six forwards. This is the game. This is the team that they need to be. That is what…