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Steel City Sports Report:
New York Islanders
The Penguins came into Long Island with a three game winning streak and left with a 4-2 victory, Tuesday night. With the win, Pittsburgh moved into the top spot in the East with fourteen points.What a difference a week makes.Exactly seven days ago, the Penguins were embarrassed on their own ice by these very same New York Islanders. They squandered nine minutes in power play time, five of which from a major penalty, while allowing the Islanders to score two power play goals en route to a 4-1 defeat at Consol Energy Center.This time around, the Penguins flipped the script, scoring on their first power play of the game before locking down the Islanders on all seven penalty kill opportunities. The best penalty killer of the night was goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who was pulled after two periods a week ago.James Neal got the Penguins on the board 2:58 into the game. After Marty Reasoner went to the box for holding, Travis Hamonic's clearing attempt off the boards was intercepted by Sidney Crosby. Crosby went cross-ice to James Neal who skated to the slot and slid the puck past Evgeni Nabokov.The Penguins would spend the next period and a half killing off six New York power plays . Fortunately, the penalty killers were perfect, including the goaltender. Marc-Andre Fleury stonewalled Matt Moulson, point-blank, with the left pad. Later in the period, he stopped Keith Aucion on a chance in front, stacking the pads to prevent a goal off a rebound before halting play.In the second period, Fleury stopped Michael Grabner on a breakaway, then barely deflected a shot from Matt Martin.The defense was also sound, blocking 17 shots and getting sticks in passing lanes to prevent cross-ice passes.After killing three consecutive penalties over a five minute stretch, the Penguins dealt a huge blow to the Islanders. Simon Despres prevented Kyle Okposo from driving the net, then checked him into the boards taking him out of the play. Despres then took the puck away as the Islanders were trying to move it deep into the Penguins' zone, and started the breakout. Kris Letang sent the puck up to Kunitz who then sent a drop pass to Despres for a one-timer just inside the point. The puck beat Nabokov on the glove side and the Penguins extended their lead to two.Brandon Sutter scored 1:44 into the third period to put the Pens up 3-0. Matt Cooke took a loose puck in his own end and developed a two on one with Brandon Sutter. Cooke fed the puck to Sutter whose wrist shot from the right face-off dot trickled past Nabokov's left arm.The goal appeared to put the game out of reach. But a goal by Michael Grabner 3:14 into the third, followed by a Brad Boyes goal less than a minute later, brought the Islanders within one.The Islanders were buzzing around the Penguins' net and drew a penalty on Chris Kunitz with six and a half minutes remaining in the game. But the Penguins shut the door one more time before getting an empty-net goal from Pascal Dupuis to seal the deal.The Islanders are 0-14 in their last two games on the powerplay.Sidney Crosby briefly left in the second period after taking a puck to the nose, drawing blood on the ice. He returned later in the period.The Penguins have scored within the first five minutes of the opening period in seven of ten games this season.Three StarsJames NealKris LetangBrad Boyes
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From Billy Nauman of The Hockey Writers:
Marc-Andre Fleury is a scapegoat for a reason. He is not an elite goaltender. He never has been and he never will be. He collapsed down the stretch last year, failed spectacularly in the playoffs, and his save percentage this year is an abysmal 0.897 – but that’s not why I’m writing this article.
I’m writing this because...
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby took a wicked puck to the face during the second period of Tuesday's game against the New York Islanders. The accident forced the Penguins captain out of the game and off the ice as he suffered considerable bleeding.The incident occurred during a Pittsburgh power play when Crosby got tangled up with Islanders defenseman Brian Strait. Crosby...
Perhaps it’s anger over their team moving to Brooklyn. Maybe it’s anger over their team being irrelevant for almost thirty years. Or maybe Sidney Crosby is just that hated around the NHL. Tuesday night, the NHL’s poster boy Crosby took a puck to the face while his Penguins were in Long Island to take on [...]
The NHL agrees with Chris Kunitz - he scored four goals instead of three in the Pittsburgh Penguins' win over the Washington Capitals.
The league announced Monday that Kunitz has been credited with a fourth goal from Sunday's 6-3 victory.
Replays appeared to show that Kunitz redirected Paul Martin's shot from the point for the game's first goal. The official scorer...
This was the logical move given how well Despres and Bortuzzo have played. And, really, Lovejoy was never gonna see the ice again. With Matt Niskanen set to return in a few weeks, the Pens had to make a move. Shero has turned an undrafted fringe 6th-defenseman into a 5th-round pick. Sold.
Ben Lovejoy, by all accounts, was a really nice dude. Even stole an episode...
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was injured early in the second period against the New York Islanders when he was struck in the face by the puck, but quickly returned to the game.
During a Penguins power play, Crosby skated across the right circle in the New York end -- near where Islanders defenseman Brian Strait was crouched -- and was clipped by the puck. Crosby'...
Yesterday, we posted a video of NHL referee Chris Rooney getting hit the face with a deflected puck and last night, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby was feeling the same pain.
The incident happened in the second period of play against the New York Islanders defenseman Brian Strait attempted to get his stick on the puck:
Watch as the puck deflects right off Crosby'...
Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby was injured and missed a few shifts during Pittsburgh’s game against New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday evening.
During a Penguins power play, Crosby skated across the offensive zone, outside the front of the crease toward the circle when a feed inside rode up and struck him in the face.
From The Pensblog:
It is no secret that "players and people who we think are Penguins" are North Americans. Especially in the Dan Bylsma era, the Pens' mentality has shifted. Their top priority has been to stock the organization with aggressive skaters who aren't afraid to forecheck, throw a little hit, get separation, and get a cycle going. It's Bylsma...
While the Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the New York Islanders for the better part of five seasons, they haven't been able to keep up of late.
The surging Penguins try to avenge last week's loss to the Islanders as these clubs meet again Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum.
Pittsburgh (6-3-0) had compiled a 23-4-2 record against New York (4-3-1) before suffering a pair of...
Late Wednesday night, the Penguins traded defenseman Ben Lovejoy to the Anaheim Ducks for a 5th round pick in the 2014 NHL draft. Simultaneously, the Penguins recalled Upper St. Clair native, Dylan Reese from Wilkes-Baare.Lovejoy started the season as the seventh defenseman for the Penguins. After two games, he was given Simon Despres's starting spot. But, after Matt Niskanen...
poll by twiigs.com
The Three Star voters at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday night named James Neal the gameâs No. 1 star, Kris Letang the No. 2 star and the Islandersâ Brad Boyes the No. 3 star.
The comments boards have held a lively discussion on how the voting should have gone.
With apologies to Boyes, hereâs your chance for the top three Pittsburgh Penguins...
One of the toughest hockey players to lace up the skates in recent years has been rewarded:
How much do the New York Islanders value the traditional "enforcer" role?
That's a question whose answer got another new wrinkle after the club announced today that they've signed Bridgeport Sound Tiger winger Brett Gallant to an NHL contract....
Gallant is 24...