Now 5-9-0 in games against the current playoff set, acrimoniously booed off the Wells Fargo Center ice after a sadsack performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, the Philadelphia Flyers find themselves at a crux. Are they a playoff team?
Is this team, that needs to be bailed out by magical timeouts on a daily basis, that can only play 20 minutes on any given night, that cannot get the big save when they need it, a playoff team?
Once in a generation we are gifted with players who define the beauty and strengths of our game. Their supreme dedication to sport pays off in a collaborated showing of true heart and skill. Last night in Pittsburgh, we witnessed arguably the three best players in the NHL take the ice and show us why this game is truly amazing.
We start off with the first player on the box score for the Lightning, and not coincidentally, the NHL’s leading goal scorer Steven Stamkos. Stamkos again was just flat out brilliant around the net. His evolution as a goal scorer and game changer continues to amaze me.
In the second period, the Lightning stifled the Penguins neutral zone transitio...
There have been times in this short season where the Pittsburgh Penguins have won five straight games and outscored their opponents at a three goals to one click. Then there are times in which the Penguins go on a road trip to Florida, Carolina, and Montreal.
In three games the Pittsburgh Penguins allowed 16 goals. Florida scored four goals on the power play. Carolina scored three goals that were products of behind the net passing. Montreal used high point shots to either tip or attack rebounds, but P.K. Subban’s goal to end the second period was again started from behind the net. It is a simplistic breakdown of the game to realize that the Penguins are not playing systematica...
In 2009, after winning the Stanley Cup, the Pittsburgh Penguins held the 30th pick in the NHL Draft. With said pick the Penguins selected Simon Despres, a big bodied defensive prospect from the QMJHL. Standing at 6’4 and weighing in at 215 pounds, Despres wowed scouts with his excellent skating prowess and his offensive upside. While still very raw in his game, it was clear that Despres possessed the skill set and size to become an all situation defensemen in the NHL.
After being invited to training camp with the Penguins in 2009 and 2010, Despres showed how much his game needed to evolve. He would be sent back to his junior club in both seasons to progress. In the two seasons...
In the second period of last night’s regular season game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators, defenseman Erik Karlsson suffered a devastating injury.
While making a play on the boards, Karlsson collided with Matt Cooke of the Penguins. In what is a routine play, Matt Cooke positions his body to gain leverage on Karlsson. In the event of the collision one can see Cooke’s leg lift into the air, roughly in line with the height of Karlsson’s calf. Once the two made contact on the boards, Cooke’s skate abruptly strikes downward, lacerating the Achilles Tendon of Karlsson.
Karlsson was in instant pain, as the clean cut instantly seve...
On Tuesday, January 29th, the Pittsburgh Penguins played host to the New York Islanders. With five minutes remaining in the second period, the Islanders John Tavares and Matt Moulson would both score, respectively, on consecutive power plays. At the end of the period the Pittsburgh Penguins players were booed off of the ice. The real kicker, when the Penguins returned to the ice, the arena had been half full.
Just ten days ago the Penguins record would have indicated an average team considering they were only 3-3-0. People questioned their toughness, their skill, and whether or not they could ever be considered a true Stanley Cup contender. That was just six games ...
The Capitals visited the Consol Energy Center Thursday evening struggling to get any momentum going this season. They did nothing to buck that trend.
The Caps came out of the gates strong. Mike Ribeiro continued his hot streak, scoring his fourth goal of the season in a sequence that saw Marc-Andre Fleury dramatically fall to the ice, losing his helmet in the process. The first period ended 1-0 in favor of the Caps.
The Pittsburgh Penguins skate into the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum seemingly much more awake than the last time the Islanders ran into them. The Penguins will look to continue their hot streak and put the 4-1 domination by the Islanders behind him.
In case you haven’t followed where Pittsburgh has been since they were outplayed at home, they have strung off 3 straight wins in dominating fashion outscoring their opponents 14-4 over 3 games. Sitting at 6-3-0, they look to add to their slight Atlantic Division lead.
Meanwhile the Isles battled tooth and nail with a gritty Devils team. The Islanders feel victimized by a call that quickly turned a 0-0 draw late into the third period into a 3-0 Devils win.
Whether or not Brian Strait should have been sitting in the penalty box when the Devils rallied for the win is irrelevant. The score on Sunday was misleading and they continued their strong play all day.
The Islanders will play their third home game of the season later today against the New Jersey Devils. After a 5-game road trip, the Isles secured 7 out of 10 possible points, leaving them tied with the Devils for 2nd place in the Atlantic. (Photo Credit: Thomas Weber/The Checking Line)
These two teams last met on Thursday, where the Islanders put on a spectacular special teams showcase. The Isles killed all five New Jersey power-plays and went 3 for 4 on their own man advantage, winning the game 5-4 thanks to a Brad Boyes overtime goal.
Looking to rebound from two consecutive road losses to the Bruins and the Jets, the Islanders came into Pittsburgh on Tuesday night to break the streak. The Isles, who haven't had much luck in the Steel City, had been defeated in 13 of their last 14 games in Pittsburgh. (Photo Credit: AxsDeny/Flickr)
Early in the first period, the Penguins went to the power play twice where they were incredibly ineffective. The Islanders penalty killers held the Pens out of their zone and off the scoreboard.
With under five minutes left in the opening period, the Isles put up their first of the night.