Found May 25, 2013 on Hockey Fan Land:
While they may have been the best team in the Eastern Conference during the regular season, the Pittsburgh Penguins may be even better in the playoffs.  James Neal recorded his first career postseason hat trick and Tomas Vokoun made 29 saves to help the Penguins advance to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 with a 6-2 victory over the fourth-seeded Ottawa Senators in Game 5 on Friday night in Pittsburgh.  The series was every bit as lopsided as the 4-1 tally would indicate, with the top-seeded Penguins leading for all but 17 minutes of the series.  While such a performance surely caught the Senators off-guard, it came as a mild shock to the Penguins as well.   ''We gave them the respect they deserved and we came out and I think we surprised ourselves,'' Neal said. ''We played with a lot of speed and got it behind them and got to the net.''  Pittsburgh wasted no time taking the lead in this contest, striking first with Brenden Morrow’s...

What if Dan Bylsma Wasn’t The Penguins Head Coach?

Imagine if the Penguins didn’t have Dan Bylsma. Craig Adams wouldn’t have a job. No “Dan and Dan” show. There would be nobody to blame for everything when the Penguins go south, aside from Marc-Andre Fleury of course. Much speculation was made entering the 2013 NHL Playoffs  regarding the future of Pittsburgh Penguins coach Bylsma. [...]

James Neal’s filthy toe drag goal for the hattrick

The Pittsburgh Penguins had no trouble with the Ottawa Senators in game four and that momentum carried over to game five.  Penguins forward James Neal was red hot in game five and ended up scoring a hattrick, with this beauty being the final one.  He pulled an awesome toe drag off on last year’s Norris Trophy Winner, Erik Karlsson, and then buried the puck high glove. Karlsson...

Playoff Thoughts: Game 5 vs Senators

Semifinals Game 5:  Pens 6  Sens 2 Pens Win Series 4-1 Goals Morrow (2) from Eaton, Cooke Neal (4) (PP) from Letang, Crosby Letang (3) from Kennedy, Orpik Malkin (4) from Neal Neal (5) unassisted Neal (6) from Malkin, Letang | TPN Recap | Stat Leaders Shots: Letang (6) Missed Shots: Eaton & Neal (2) Blocked Shots: Adams, Cooke, Martin, & Niskanen (2) Hits: Cooke (5) Ice...

Crosby cleared to ditch his headgear

According to's Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby's been given the OK to play without the jaw protection "headgear" he had to don after he returned from a broken jaw: To protect his jaw and teeth that were damaged when a puck deflected up into his face March 30, Crosby was required to wear a clear plastic apparatus that extended...

Pens Take Care Of Sens: Wait For Bruins-Rangers

((HT: NHL/NBCSN)) With Tomas Vokoun in goal, there has been a feeling that the Pittsburgh Penguins would make a point- to outscore everyone if they needed to for a win, to protect their back-up goaltender, and to tell their starting goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury, that all you have to be is hot to make a run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs... It takes effort from everyone every...

James Neal scores strange goal against Craig Anderson

During the second period of game five of the Pittsburgh Penguins-Ottawa Senators series, Penguins forward James Neal scored a very strange goal on Senators goalie Craig Anderson.  After Neal’s initial shot was stopped by Anderson, Kris Letang picked up the puck and tried to bank it off Anderson.  Letang’s shot rolled around and the puck was on edge and got stuck underneath...

RECAP: Penguins Eliminate the Pesky Sens in Game Five

Forget about style; worry about results. - Bobby Orr.   After taking a 3 to 1 series lead against the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night in Ottawa, the Penguins returned to Pittsburgh to open the doors of the Consol Energy Center to the Sens for Game 5. The Penguins were riding on the momentum of a 7 to 3 victory propelled by a dominating third period while the Senators, for their...

Bruins-Penguins Eastern Conference Final Tickets Go on Sale Sunday, May 26 at 12 p.m.

The Bruins will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2013 Eastern Conference Final, and that means more playoff hockey at the TD Garden. Tickets for Games 3, 4 and 6 of the series will go on sale at 12 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, according to the team. However, the specific dates for the series have not been set yet. The tickets will be available for purchase at the TD Garden Box...

Boston will ‘land’ Iginla, but not in the way they’d hoped

As the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch suggests, for one player, the Eastern Conference Final may be...A wee bit awkward...Given that he helped scuttle a trade to the team his Pittsbugh Penguins are facing: Jarome Iginla didn't want to join the Boston Bruins. Now, he's got to beat them. In a matchup the Pittsburgh Penguins winger probably would have rather avoided, he...

Pens making best of time off before East finals

Cleared to play without a plastic apparatus protecting his lower face for the first time since returning from a broken jaw, Sidney Crosby said he'll need a few days to adjust. It appears he'll get just that. Crosby wore a traditional helmet with no mouth or jaw protection during the Pittsburgh Penguins' practice Sunday. Like his teammates, Crosby figures to have at...

Video- Brenden Morrow Goal Tonight - Kicked Or Not?

Good goal according to on-ice officials and Toronto.  

Playoff Gameday: Pittsburgh Penguins & Ottawa Senators - Round Two, Game Five

Ottawa Senators @ Pittsburgh Penguins Penguins Lead Series 3-1 NBCSN, CBC, RDS - 7:30 pm/et Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA In recent years the Pittsburgh Penguins have had difficulty closing out a playoff series at home. Will things change today? How will the Senators respond to being blown out on Wednesday? For that matter, how will the Penguins...

Penguins Advance To Eastern Conference Finals

With a 6-2 win over the Ottawa Senators, the Pittsburgh Penguins move on to the Eastern Conference Finals.  The Senators had a tough time finding any momentum and now many will ask if Daniel Alfredsson has played his last NHL game. 

STPM: #1 vs. #8

It's the final second-round matchup of ‘Smashville’s Top Playoff Moments’. Which was a bigger moment: The first-round win vs. Anaheim or Tomas Vokoun's shutout vs. Detroit?
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