Found May 05, 2013 on The Pensblog:
Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Islanders Series Tied 1-1 NBC, TSN, RDS - 12:00 pm/et Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Uniondale, NY Are you awake? Hopefully the Penguins are. Today we'll get to see if they decided to learn anything from game two, or if this is the same Penguins team that believes their own hype and doesn't learn from their mistakes. They said pretty much all the right things in this story. Great leadership from Iginla here: "I think we go over it -- and we have -- to see what the feeling is why we didn't win. What is the reason we got beat?" Iginla said. "Our execution could be better. They came out harder -- give them credit -- but we didn't make plays that we can make, simple things. We weren't as sharp. "We regroup. We see what we didn't do. We go out for another game. It's just the next game to try make it 2-1." That's the kind of attitude the Pens need right now. Do...

Penguins Injury Update and Likely Lines for Game 3

Tribune Review Writer Rob Rossi Tweeted that James Neal left practice on Saturday after only 10 min. on the ice. Brooks Orpik was again absent from practice.     The Pittsburgh Penguins likely line combinations for Game 3 Sunday vs. the Islanders. Forwards Dupuis – Crosby – Iginla Kunitz – Malkin – Bennett Morrow – [...]

Should Iginla Be Playing With Crosby?

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...

Video: John Tavares wrists one to send the Islanders and Penguins into OT

Pittsburgh Penguins Chris Kunitz fired home a goal 8:44 into overtime Sunday, sending them to a 5-4 win over the New York Islanders and a 2-1 lead in their quarterfinals playoff series. The match was a cliffhanger as New York almost pulled off a late comeback, forcing overtime with a pair of third-period goals from Kyle Okposo and John Tavares. Watch Tavares send the game into...

Tracking the Playoffs: Islanders vs. Penguins Game 3

One of the great things about the playoffs is the sense that anything can happen. It's an overstated narrative, but it's somewhat true when you think about it. Crazy things happen in a seven-game sample size (goalies standing on their heads, certain players going through a hot streak, etc.) and the heavily favored team doesn't always win. In this Pens/Isles series, the...

Series Even: Isles down Penguins 4-3

The New York Islanders knew their effort would have to be better to avoid a repeat performance in Game 1 when they were whitewashed in a 5-0 Penguins victory. Playing against Sidney Crosby looked like it was going to be an uphill battle ten minutes into the first period. But the Islanders settled down and chipped away at a 3-1 Pittsburgh lead to come back and win Game 2.The Penguins...

Power play powers Pittsburgh Penguins to Game 3 victory

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz scored a power-play goal 8:44 into overtime to allow the Pittsburgh Penguins to take as 5-4 victory from the New York Islanders in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series at Nassau Veterans Coliseum.This NHL playoff series defines why they play the games. Nobody in the world would have guessed that this series will provide...

Did Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick call out Sidney Crosby for taking a dive?

I might have to admit, that I agree with Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick on this one here. I thought it was a bad call. I also thought that Sidney Crosby went down really easy. The word embellishment was on the tip of my tongue as well, after I saw the play live. If I am not mistaken, they're kind of accusing Sidney Crosby of taking a bit of a dive there... Is that what others...

How Mario Lemieux Beat NHL Retirement To Save The Penguins

The Big Leagues The Penguins captain thwarted retirement and his own broken body.

Kyle Okposo Becoming Major Player in Pens-Isles Series

By Christian Arnold (@CA_NYhockey) AP photo UNIONDALE, N.Y – Two games, two comebacks, and one common denominator; the play of Kyle Okposo. The 25-year-old winger has made quite the mark over the last two games against the Pittsburgh Penguins. On Friday his fight helped sparked the Islanders and his goal in the third period won the game for them. And despite loss Sunday, Okposo...

Isles' optimistic outlook takes hit with OT loss

The New York Islanders' rallying cry in their return to the postseason for the first time in six years is ''Believe.'' Even the most ardent of supporters might find that optimism difficult following a deflating home loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Buoyed by a split of the first two games of the first-round series in Pittsburgh, the Islanders came home to Nassau...

Dee Karl: Isles Can Beat the Pens, But Not the Officials

When Dan Bylsma took a seat at the table in front of the Stanley Cup back-drop, the microphones had all been tested. However, something went wrong and when he went to answer his first post game question, a long, loud electronic screech filled the 60,000 square foot exhibit hall and it reverberated to your bones. “That was like the building tonight.” the deadpan Bylsma...

Isles return home for long-awaited playoff game

The New York Islanders said all the right things in the days leading up to their first-round playoff matchup against the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins. Yes, they knew the odds of an upset in a No. 1 vs. No. 8 series were stacked heavily against them, and yes they were aware that the Penguins roster reads more like an All-Star game lineup than an everyday club. Still, the upstart...

Islanders spoil Crosby's return, even series

On Friday night, the New York Islanders won their first playoff game since 2007. Kyle Okposo’s first career playoff goal with 7:37 remaining lifted the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.Matt Moulson, Colin McDonald and Matt Martin also scored for the Islanders, who spoiled Sidney Crosby’s comeback from a broken jaw by rallying from an early two...

Enjoy Kyle Okposo vs Matt Niskanen

Isles Kyle Okposo turning point fight v Penguins Matt Niskanen last night. Fired up? Matt Moulson. And the game winner from Mr. Okposo. **Follow us on Twitter or Facebook.... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~
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