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Arrogance

Arrogance

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...

Islanders Look To Carry Momentum Home For Game Three

Islanders look to carry home momentum for game 3

A Tale of Two Teams

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.

Despite the Penguins hot start to g...

Isles Rally In Pittsburgh To Even The Series 1-1

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)

Eastern Conference QF Islanders vs. Penguins Game 1: Preview

The 2013 NHL season has come to an end and an impressive push down the stretch by our beloved Isles has secured them the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. For the first time since 2007, the New York Islanders will play post-season hockey and compete for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

However, the real challenge lies ahead for the Islanders, as they will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs. The Penguins basically ran circles around the rest of the Eastern Conference during the lockout-shortened 2013 season, finishing in 1st place with 72 points. (Photo Credit: Beauty Playin 'Eh/Flickr)

NY Islanders Fall To The Philadelphia Flyers 2-1

Isles fall to the Flyers in Philly, leaving them in the 8th playoff spot in the Eastern Conference

Instant Impact

Chemistry is formed over time in the NHL. Playing with guys and getting to know their tendencies around specifics spots on the ice is crucial to success. Knowing where a guy likes to shoot, where he feels most comfortable handling the puck, and what his defensive zone breakouts consist of allow teammates to generate consistently effective plays without having blatantly obvious situations dictate play. This chemistry is typically formed over the course of the season, but something can be said for trade acquisitions who develop these tendencies early and provide an instant impact.

In Pittsburgh, they were lucky to see the type of production that they have seen from their trade acquisi...

Jarome Iginla: Like No Other

Jarome Iginla is a Penguin now.

it's bizarre to say the least to see him in anything but red, but the time had come for both the team and him to split ways.

Here is my story of Iginla

Islanders vs. Penguins: Preview 3/30/13

The Islanders face the Pittsburgh Penguins this afternoon for the 5th and final time this season. After winning the first matchup, the Isles fell to the Pens in the three following games.

The Islanders come into today's 1pm matinee game at Energy Consol Centre tied for 8th place in the Eastern Conference with the New York Rangers. Thanks to a huge shootout victory against the Flyers on Thursday night, New York is currently on their best win streak of the season at 3.

Examining The Acquisitions

When a team finds success in the NHL on a consistent basis, it is very difficult for GM’s to tinker with said success in order to find greater success. It is the easiest explanation as to how the NHL has witnessed such playoff parity. In the modern cap era it has become even more difficult to place a team on the ice that has a continued shot at a championship. So with all of this in perspective, is it possible that we see a Stanley Cup champion this season that has also won the cup within the past five seasons?

It is the question that seemingly everyone in the NHL is waiting to see. With Pittsburgh and Chicago pushing the boundaries of greatness, the NHL might finally witness ...