The New York Islanders (4-0-0) will look to continue their winning ways tonight when they visit another Metropolitan Division rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-0) at the Consol Energy Center.
The Penguins are going to look to come out strong from the gate after a heartbreaking loss to the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday night. The Pens were headed to overtime with the Stars, but Tyler Seguin would score a power play goal with only 3 seconds remaining on the clock while Sidney Crosby sat in the penalty box.
A tough loss to swallow will likely have Crosby and Co. fired up and ready to go on home ice from the second the puck is dropped.
Despite the aggressive move made by Garth Snow to acquire Dan Boyle’s negotiation rights prior to the opening of free agency, early reports indicate that Boyle will choose to sign with a new team once he is eligible to listen to other teams on July 1st.
Boyle originally stated that he would have an answer for the Isles by the end of the week. As of today, Boyle's agent George Bazos told Arthur Staple of Newsday that there is nothing new to report since there really isn't a timetable for Boyle to make up his mind (Photo credit: aff ei/Flickr).
Staple notes that the Isles may not be willing to be as patient with Boyle and could look to flip Boyle's rights to another team in order to get back the draft pick they gave to San Jose. You may remember that Snow did the same thing a few years back with defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.
It takes an entire team effort to lose a playoff series when you have a 3-1 lead. From the goaltending, to the defense, to the forwards, the coaches, and the management, there is no one who will be able to escape blame for this disappointment.
It starts and ends with the captain…?
This played out old adage shows that we as fans have learned nothing. You win as a team and lose as a team. Yes, Crosby has to perform better and he is a big reason the Penguins are now eliminated, but that is not the only reason, or even the majority of reasons, that Pittsburgh’s season is over.
Sidney Crosby was pummeled from start to finish in this post season play. Say what you...
The Pittsburgh Penguins dropped game one of their series against the New York Rangers in terrible fashion on Friday night. There were multiple instances of horrible turnovers and poor positioning that inevitably led to a Rangers victory.
The Rangers Benoit Pouliot was the most visible player on the ice for a majority of the game. He played physical and smart, leading his team with a goal and an assist. His line mate, Derick Brassard, scored the overtime winner after a horrible Rob Scuderi turnover below the net.
Matts Zuccarello failed to register a point in the game, but certainly had himself a strong afternoon. His mix of speed and tenacity helped keep the Penguins top line ...
The series came to end after a dominant performance by the Penguins and a third period they kind of showed up for.
This is not entirely fair to say. The Jackets did come back in game three in an epic way. Scoring three goals in the final ten minutes to scare Pittsburgh was a great ending for all. It gives hope to the fans for next season and reminds Pittsburgh to stay humble.
Although, in all fairness Pittsburgh had to play short Joe Vitale and Brandon Sutter for the final frame. With both leaving via injury, the Penguins only had three lines available. They got caught flat footed, tired, and instantly fell into penalty trouble. The Jackets then threw everything they had...
How does a team bounce back from a game in which they surrendered four unanswered goals? They put 51 shots on net while having an even strength possession time above sixty percent.
That is how strong the Pittsburgh Penguins were on Saturday night.
Crosby and Malkin played a total of eleven minutes together in even strength situations. It was a desperate move for Dan Bylsma, but certainly paid off. Malkin and Crosby dominated the puck all night long, proving that their goal drought is nothing but bad puck luck. Crosby, Malkin, and Kunitz had 15 combined shots as a line.
Brandon Sutter hasn’t just played well; Brandon Sutter has become a cataly...
If you have watched the Islanders this season, you are likely aware of the issues that vexed the team early and often. Those issues rendered the Islanders’ late season surge utterly useless in a highly talent Metropolitan Division and an even deeper Eastern Conference. As the remaining elite battle for the Stanley Cup, the Uniondale residents are looking to retrace their steps to figure out where it all went wrong.
When teams have a two goal lead, the announcers like to bring up the old adage that this is the hardest lead in hockey to hang on to.
They might have a point.
In three games between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team with the two goal lead in the game has gone on to lose said game by a score of 4-3. Pittsburgh was victorious in games one and three, Columbus won game two.
For the first time in this series the special teams were not special. There was not a single power play or shorthanded goal scored in this game despite ten combined power play chances.
Here are a few observations so far from this series.
Both the Blackhawks and Penguins talked about needing to win Sunday night's match prior to the game; both teams had lost their last two games.
Pittsburgh just sold what they were saying better in the first period, going up 2-0 halfway through the period with goals just 21 seconds apart by James Neal and Lee Stempniak.
Sheldon Brookbank got the Blackhawks on the board 11:10 into the second period.
But any elation that Chicago might have felt over finally scoring was punched in the gut a few minutes later when Brooks Orpik checked Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews hard into the boards. Though the hit was called legal on the ice, Toews hit the boards hard...
Mediocrity, it is certainly one way to describe the Penguins play of late.
Their wins can be broken down into simply taking advantage of what is in front of you, while their losses have come from little effort and lack of dictating play. Some claim it is the toll of so many injuries finally taking its toll on the team, others quote from the book of a post Olympic slump, but either way the team is not improving.
Or are they?
While it is an argument that is destined to fall on deaf ears of aggravated fans, the Penguins are in a better position than they have been the past three seasons.
At 6-5-1 in March the Penguins are barely breaching the plateau of average. This ...