Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 4/27/15: Game Seven

Today’s the big day, and it’s going to be filled with every bit of anxiety you could imagine. At 7:00 PM in Washington D.C., the puck will drop for Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series between the New York Islanders and the Washington Capitals. It’s officially do or die. Tonight will be the difference between packing for Brooklyn, or preparing for, at least...
Via Islanders Insight
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Malkin, Crosby reaffirm commitment to Penguins

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin does not plan to leave the team that drafted him. After nine seasons in Pittsburgh with one Stanley Cup, Malkin said he continues to believe his best chance to win a second championship remains with the Penguins. Pittsburgh has not reached the Stanley Cup Final since winning it all in 2009. The Penguins have been a fixture...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Offseason Primer by @BrianK_PI

With the way the Pittsburgh Penguins limped to the finish line, going 4-9-2 over their last 15 games and clinching a playoff berth on the last day of the regular season, the fact that they were knocked out of the playoffs by the Presidents' Trophy winning New York Rangers in five games should have come as little of a surprise. The way the series played out should, as Pens managed...
Via PensInitiative
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Fall Short in Game 5

I was hoping against hope our Penguins would win last night’s Game 5 for goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. No one deserved a victory more than “Flower.” The willowy native of La belle province made 36 saves in a courageous performance that lit up the Madison Square Garden ice. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. At 10:52 of overtime the Rangers Carl Hagelin curled off the end-boards with...
Via PenguinPoop
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers head to 2nd round, await Capitals or Islanders

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers aren't accustomed to this. In last year's run to the Stanley Cup Finals, they went the seven-game limit in the first two series, then needed six games in the Eastern Conference final. Now, after four straight 2-1 victories - the clincher in Game 5 Friday night against Pittsburgh on Carl Hagelin's overtime goal - they actually get some time to,...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday's best: Rest of NHL playoff teams should beware of Rangers

Best game, Rangers 2, Penguins 1 (OT).  The Rangers made an unexpected run to the Stanley Cup Finals last season behind goalie Henrik Lundqvist's brilliance and incredibly balanced scoring. There will be no sneaking up on anyone this season for the Presidents' Trophy winners, but a five-game series win over Sidney Crosby and the Penguins in which all five games were decided by one...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 5 ECQF: Rangers vs. Pittsburgh

The New York Rangers look to eliminate the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, tonight at MSG starting at 7 PM. For a preview, click here. TV: MSG, NBCSN Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM Rangers Game Notes Probable line-up:  Nash-Brassard-Zuccarello Kreider-Stepan-Miller Hagelin-Hayes-St.Louis Glass-Moore-Fast McDonagh-Girardi Staal-Boyle Yandle-Hunwick...
Via NY Rangers Blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 4 Between the Penguins and Rangers

By: Andy Hughes (@PensNation_Andy) Being down 2-1 in the series, the Pittsburgh Penguins will once again host the New York Rangers tonight in a pivotal Game 4 at CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Rangers on Monday night, in which they controlled play in the third period. It was probably one of the most memorable games they’ve played at home in...
Via The PensNation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: ECQ Game 3 – Slow start (again) dooms Penguins in 2-1 loss to Rangers

By: Meesh Shanmugam Rangers 2  Pens 1 Series: NYR leads 2-1 Goals Hornqvist (1) from Crosby, Cole Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Cole (cross-checking) – Unnecessary (cross-checks Glass in the back on top of the crease while the puck is out at the point) Martin (cross-checking) – Unnecessary (cross-checks Zuccarello directly in the back as he’s trying...
Via The PensNation
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 3 Between the Rangers and the Penguins

POSTGAME THOUGHTS: Game 1  | Game 2 By Annie Shean (@JustPuckIt) The series is even now after a 4-3 Penguins win at Madison Square Garden Saturday night. The Penguins hope to bring the momentum back with them for their first game of the series in front of the home crowd. Both Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz were able to light the lamp Saturday night,  but the Rangers were close...
Via The PensNation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: Round 1, Game 3. Pens get the split in NY, head home tied 1-1.

New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00 PM – NBCSN, ROOT, CBC, TVA, MSG CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA The Pens tied everything up in Game 2 and head back to Pittsburgh with the home-ice advantage for the remainder of the series. Before the series began, we basically said taking one of the first two and looking good while doing it would be the best possible scenario...
Via The Pensblog
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 2 Between the Rangers and the Penguins

Can the Penguins make this a series? By: Jim Meinecke The Penguins are coming off of a 2-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference’s first round. After falling behind 1-0 28 seconds into the game and falling behind 2-0 after the first period, the Penguins played a much better final 40 minutes. The Penguins managed a goal in the second period by Blake Comeau, the...
Via The PensNation
9 days ago  |  Discuss

First Round Preview: Rangers vs. Penguins

It’s hard to believe that perhaps just 5 years ago, the Rangers would ever be favored against a Crosby-led Penguins team, but here we are. The Penguins limped to the finish line losing 9 of their last 13 games, making the playoffs in the final day against a tanking Buffalo Sabres team and finishing the season at 43-27-12, good for 98 points. A year after the Rangers eliminated...
Via NY Rangers Blog
11 days ago  |  Discuss

How do the Penguins Stack up to the Rangers?

Can the Penguins avenge last year’s loss? (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) By: Jim Meinecke Joe Guzy did a great job at highlighting some reasons the Penguins can indeed avenge last year’s defeat to the Rangers in these 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs with a nice focus on Marc-Andre Fleury and Henrik Lundqvist: Why Not the Pittsburgh Penguins? I was interested in breaking down...
Via The PensNation
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Evgeni Malkin Battling Through Pain to Keep Penguins Afloat

PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 28: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes a shot while getting tripped up by Shane Doan #19 of the Arizona Coyotes at Consol Energy Center on March 28, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) The Pittsburgh Penguins are loaded with offensive talent with players like Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist, Kris...
Via The Sports Journal
13 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Predictions For Every First-Round Series

The 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs begin Wednesday and the anticipation is as high as it’s been in a long time because there are 10 to 12 teams with a legitimate chance of hoisting the best trophy in sports. Here are my predictions for every first-round series: New York Rangers (Metropolitan No. 1) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (Wild Card No. 2) The Penguins blew a 3-1 series lead to the...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Stanley Cup playoffs first round schedule

The schedule and matchups for the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs are set, with the action set to begin on Wed., April 15. EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 Montreal vs. No. 4 Ottawa Season series: 3-1 Senators Wednesday, April 15: Ottawa at Montreal, 7, NHL Network Friday, April 17: Ottawa at Montreal, 7, CNBC Sunday, April 19 , Montreal at Ottawa, 7, NBC Sports Network...
Via Sports-Glory
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 82 – Pens finally get the job done in 2-1 win over Sabres

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Pens 2  Sabres 0 Record: 43-27-12 Goals Sutter (20) from Comeau, Spaling Sutter (21) from Winnik, Hornqvist Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Crosby (roughing) – Inconsequential (skates in front of Lindback and Lindback skates into...
Via The PensNation
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders-Penguins Preview

(AP) - Evgeni Malkin wasn't exactly making a guarantee as much as he was trying to provide his sagging team with a needed dose of swagger. Don't let the messy last month fool you. The 2012 NHL MVP believes the fading Pittsburgh Penguins are headed to the postseason. Just like they have every spring since the Russian forward joined Sidney Crosby in turning the franchise around nearly...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins staying upbeat as funk threatens postseason hopes (The Associated Press)

Evgeni Malkin wasn't exactly making a guarantee as much as he was trying to provide his sagging team with a needed dose of swagger. The 2012 NHL MVP believes the fading Pittsburgh Penguins are headed to the postseason. Just like they have every sprin...
Via Philly Sports Live
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins staying upbeat as funk threatens postseason hopes

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins head into the final weekend of the regular season fighting for their playoff lives. The Penguins have sputtered down the stretch. Pittsburgh is just 3-9-2 in its last 14 games but can assure itself of a ninth straight postseason berth with wins over the New York Islanders on Friday and the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. Center Evgeni Malkin said...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 80 – Pens fall apart in stunning 4-3 (OT) loss to Senators

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Senators 4  Pens 3 (OT) Record: 42-26-12 Goals Crosby (28) from Hornqvist, Martin Bennett (4) from Cole Hornqvist (25) from Crosby, Scuderi Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Lapierre (high-sticking) – Bad Call (lifts the stick of Pageau...
Via The PensNation
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins in danger of missing the playoffs

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost nine of their past 12 games and are suddenly in trouble of missing the playoffs. The Penguins hold a two-point lead over the Ottawa Senators, who they travel to play on Tuesday, for one of the two wild card spots in the Eastern Conference. With the Boston Bruins (95 pts) streaking and the Senators (93 pts)...
Via Sports-Glory
20 days ago  |  Discuss

How to defeat the “Trade Crosby or Malkin” argument in one simple question

With the entire Penguins world collapsing in on itself, there is one big thing to get ready for: suggestions of trading Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. Get ready for it. It is going to happen everywhere. If they still have newspapers, it will be there. It will be on the radio. It will be on websites that have paywalls. LOL. Your grandma may suggest it. Your grandma sucks. It has...
Via The Pensblog
20 days ago  |  Discuss

What We Learned: Why the Penguins are in trouble (Puck Daddy)

(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it. The Penguins didn't win yesterday, but don't blame Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. In fact, never blame them for anything ever again. It's obviously...
Via Philly Sports Live
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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