It took two overtimes and three simple defensive breakdowns to end a pivotal game three in the Penguins and Senators round two playoff series. It was dramatic, nerve racking, and punishing. The nasty play and overall demeanor developing in this series is better than advertised.
The tone coming into the series was mostly anticipation of brutal play. With hopes that the polarizing penguins club could be witnessed getting knocked around by a bigger Ottawa defensive core. This did not happen to the extent in which many were hoping, I see you Philly, but the physicality shown in this series dwarfs the slow tone of the only other eastern conference series.
It has already been made clear that the Ottawa Senators are a fan of pucks being thrown on net. The Senators are the top team in the league in shots on net. They are also in the bottom seven teams in the league in shots allowed per game. This is the case mostly because of one thing, the one and done style of play.
Ottawa is a team that somehow thrives on this style of play. They have a tremendous goaltender that stops a lot of shots. He does not, however, give up a lot of second chances. This comes in part to Ottawa forcing shots from distance.
The amount of shots in this situation becomes superfluous. The shots taken are from distances and even if rebounds are made available,...
The first round of the 2013 NHL playoffs are in the books, eight teams have been sent packing to hit the links while eight teams remain to square off in the conference semi-finals. (Photo Credit: Torch Creative)
The first round did not disappoint hockey fans who have come to expect physical, fast, dramatic hockey in the playoffs and year after year they are not disappointed.
One year after the Los Angeles Kings became the first eight seed ever to win the Stanley Cup both seven seeds and both six have managed to advance to the semi-finals. The Eastern Conference Semi-final match-ups pit the Pittsburgh Penguins (1) against the Ottawa Senators (7) and the Boston Bruins (4) face off with the New York Rangers (6), while the Western Conference will feature the Chicago Blackhawks (1) who will try to hold off the Detroit Redwings (7) and the defending champion Los Angeles Kings (5) will face their fellow Californians, the San Jose Sharks (6).
With all due respect to the New York Islanders tremendous play in round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Pittsburgh Penguins were terrible.
They refused to alter their stretch passing breakout plan after the Islanders set up a 1-3-1 trapping system. They refused to battle for long stretches of time in order to stifle the quick transition game of the Islanders. The Penguins almost refused to change everything except for the goaltender and while this worked out to their advantage, it is not going to work this time around.
The Ottawa Senators, the Penguins next opponent in round two of the playoffs, are a completely animal than that of the Islanders. Th...
After a tremendous 6-4 victory at the Nassau Coliseum that evened up the series 2-2 with the Penguins, the Islanders will head back to Pittsburgh for Game 5. The last time the Isles played in Steel City was Game 2, where the team battled back from a 3-1 defect to win the game 4-3.
To act in a way of overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner towards inferiors.
Is there a more appropriate term to accurately describe the overall demeanor of the Pittsburgh Penguins in this Eastern Conference Quarter Final? No.
The term does not describe someone who boasts, talks, or brags towards their superiority, but to one that acts in this manner. The Pittsburgh Penguins have manifested themselves to be the most arrogant team in all of hockey.
They have, on multiple occasions, displayed their arrogance throughout the season. They coasted through victories in which they scored at will, only to allow teams to punish their goaltending in...
After two games of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Pittsburgh Penguins have found themselves in an interesting position.
They are tied with the New York Islanders with one victory per team. The problem is, both teams played a bit of Jekyll and Hyde in the first two games and gave little indication as to who is going to show up in game number 3.
In game one, it appeared to all that the Penguins were exactly what we figured them to be: well oiled offensive machine that was physically underrated and defensively sound. In game two we saw a Penguins team that quickly abandoned their philosophy of playing up and down, sound hockey.
After being dismally shutout 5-0 in Pittsburgh for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals, the Islanders were headed in the same frightening direction last night during the first period of Game 2. The return of Sidney Crosby once again beset the Islanders after he scored his second goal of game to give the Pens a 3-1 lead after a period.
But a rejuvenated Isles team would show up the in the next frame and eventually shock the Penguins, in addition to just about everybody watching. The Islanders outplayed Pittsburgh for the rest of the game and scored three unanswered goals to even the series at 1-1. (Photo Credit: T.J. Corona/Flickr)