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Make it 15: Penguins shut out Islanders 2-0, go undefeated in March

Mar 30, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

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You can make it 15 in a row for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Pens extended their win streak to 15 straight games beating the Islanders 2-0 and they had to do it with a load of adversity.

They didn’t have Kris Letang or Paul Martin thanks to injuries. Sidney Crosby left the game early in the first period after taking a puck in the mouth and Chris Kunitz got tossed out after receiving a major penalty for hitting from behind.

None of that mattered as they had Matt Cooke scoring a goal and dominating on the penalty kill and Tomas Vokoun earning his second straight shutout and the team’s third in a row. James Neal added a goal as well, snapping a nine-game goalless drought.

The Penguins finish the month of March going 15-0-0 and now lead the Eastern Conference by nine points over Montreal. The Habs have three games in hand including one tonight against the Rangers. Next up for Pittsburgh: Buffalo at home on Tuesday night.

 

  1. mario66sid87geno71 - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    1st perfect month in NHL history!!! Back to back to back shutouts for the HIGHEST scoring team in the league. Role players were ridiculously good. Cooke was a beast. Eaton was huge, as was Adams. Strong Goaltending. Let’s hope Sid isn’t hurt badly (oral surgery and a few teeth later). Let’s Go Pens!!!

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Keep up the good work Penguins my plan is working like a charm ! Flyers gain ground today with a huge victory over the B’s ! A win for the Pens is a win for the Flyers keep marching Pens see you in round one ! Do b Do b Dooo !

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      Why can’t the flyers surf the internet??

      Because they can’t put 3 W’s together!!!

      All jokes aside thanks for beating the bruins today. That was a good win for your team and doing with that defense lineup against the bruins is extremely impressive. Hopefully you guys can go on a streak and we can see you in the first round. My dream playoff scenerio would be pens vs flyers round 1 and bruins vs habs round 1. That would be some intense entertaining hockey.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        Haha like that joke. Funny and true. And it does actually help the Flyers if the Pens keep mowing down the competition for the #8 seed, so keep it up. I have no faith that the Flyers can put together a streak to end the season but they are only 4pts out. If they can beat Washington tomorrow then a Pens-Flyers matchup actually looks possible, whereas it was basically impossible a few days ago.

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        That was a huge win for you guys today. Boston is no joke and I’m glad you guys have some hope now for the playoffs. This trade deadline is going to be crazy. Not a lot of sellers this time because of how close the standings are. Hope your D gets healthy too. Good luck during this last stretch. Also thanks to al the classy fans not taking shots at sids injury. Hockey has alot of classy fans and its nice to see.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        Oh boy that Yinzer sense of humor its too funny

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      You should be afraid very afraid we got Kent Hushkins today

      • cheesesteak75 - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:13 PM

        I’m sure the flyers are all in!

      • drone501 - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:26 AM

        kent who? yeah, the pens are shaking. lol

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:42 AM

        Once again you stupid yinzer it was a joke but Iam not joking when I say we will see you in the first round after todays win 2 points out of the final spot bounced again the cup favorites by the underdog flyers swwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

    • cityofthechamps - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      Give up you have 4.9% chance of making the playoffs. Even if you do met the pens in the playoffs then you will most defiantly loose since Pittsburgh goaltending and defense have been spectacular. And on top of that the Pens know exactly how to beat the “Cryers” now, dont get angry at how the “Cryers” play. Let them make the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and go on numerous power-plays. Then play defense and boom, 4 game sweep (which ail not be needed due to how bad the “Cryers” are).

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        Yeah that was suppose to happen last year too how did that work out for ya ! See you in the first round !

      • cityofthechamps - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        4.9% and a 0% to win the cup (SUCKS TO SUCK)

    • whammy71 - Mar 30, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      Nice reference to the Bud Ice commercials from the mid-90s. I think the tag line was “Fear the Penguins!!!” So it is more than appropriate.

      You are still a huge pile of menstrual flow! WHAMMY!!!!!

      BTW – 1975! ENJOY YOUR 14 WINS!

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 30, 2013 at 9:09 PM

        Your old lady likes my flow !

  3. sportsfreak13 - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    This team is incredible! We are undefeated in the month of march and havent allowed a goal in the last 200 minutes of play. Please tell me more about how our defense and goalies are weak. Cooke had his best game in a penguin uniform (someone quick get the forensic evidence to back this up). The depth on this team is incredible. Im not worried at all about crosby because all the reports say he had emergency dental work and you dont get a concussion by getting hit in the teeth (the brain is quite north of that area). I heard his teeth are a mess right now and thats why he went to the hospital. I love watching this team play. Thank god there wasn’t a lockout!

  4. jpelle82 - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    malkin, iginla, neal looked dominant. hope they keep them together. side note though…why does tavares always crap the bed against the pens? he always seems to disappoint in what should be big games for the islanders…i look forward to watching marquee players but he lets me down every time and its easy to see why he is a severely minus player…he just kinda floats around looking for freebies

  5. wisdomnfl - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Ha ha yea we are so afraid of that great Flyer team – keep em coming !!!

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      BOO !

  6. steelers88 - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    If Crosby’s jaw is involved in surgery and it is broken that means his done for the year. It doesn’t matter how much talent the pens have without Crosby the Pens won’t win the cup.

    • mario66sid87geno71 - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      We can only hope it’s just teeth. “Just” … Ugh…

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      That would be horrible He is the straw that stirs the drink

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        Sorry for the straw the stirs the drink I just realized if his jaw is injured he will be the one needing the straw ! Not cool !

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      I know you haven’t watched hockey for a long time but they make these things called cages IF that’s the case. He would miss some time but nothing like what your eluding to. No reports have said anything about his jaw being involved. That’s pessamistic pens fans and optimistic pens haters speculation, nothing more.

    • whammy71 - Mar 30, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      Relax – if the jaws busted, he’ll get wired up and wear a full cage. It’s all good!

  7. steelers88 - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    If Crosby’s jaw is involved in surgery and it is broken that means his done for the year. It doesn’t matter how much talent the pens have without Crosby the Pens won’t win the cup.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      go back to 1991 when Paul Coffey broke his jaw and just remember that eventhough we didn’t have Coffey for most of the cup run we STILL won the cup in six games vs. the North Stars

  8. puckmepuckyou - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    3 W’s. Lol. Truth hurts me for sure. Pens are a real contender now. They are loaded up front obviously and I think their D will be fine. They should be able to out score their mistakes. Playoffs should be entertaining.

  9. wisdomnfl - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Yep shaking. That Flyer team is such a world of talent.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Well than you have nothing to worry about now do you !

  10. wisdomnfl - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    No jaw, just some broken teeth. He’ll be out for a game or two.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Thats bad news the Flyers need him in there get well soon Sid from your friends in Philly !

      • cheesesteak75 - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:20 PM

        The flyers were better when they cheered “dude looks like a lady”. If you remember that’s when the Pens had 68! How did that work out for Philly?!!!

  11. wisdomnfl - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Your plan is working well!!! What else are you planning sitting on your couch?

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Givin your old lady a call and seeing if she’s available for the first round !

    • pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      Eiggles is the Armchair Quarterback of hockey

  12. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Defense! Defense! Defense! Defense! :-)

  13. wisdomnfl - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Nope “than” I have nothing to worry about.

  14. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    It’s all about Defense! Defense!

  15. 5hole26 - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    the franchise rolls on. were unstoppable. respect us. we own you

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      Ahole26 you joking right

    • stakex - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      An undefeated March will be forgotten in a quick hurry with 4 ill timed loses in May. Best not spike the football on the one yard line….

      • drone501 - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        nope, playing too good. can t see them letting up or a forseeable slump. too many hungry players. they smell that cup and its coming down grant st

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Thought you claimed numerous times that you aren’t a Pens fan?? Surprise, surprise.

  16. Stiller43 - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Actually, i would be scared if we faced the flyers in the 1st round…

    They would have to go like 13-0 to make it, and i wouldnt want to face anybody whos been that good as of late.

    That being said, the flyers team as presently constructed, no, i wouldnt be scared.

  17. wisdomnfl - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    She only dates guys who know basic grammar, sorry.

  18. steelers88 - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    I think Crosby might be done for the rest of the season unfortunately he obviously has a broken jaw. Maybe next year the Penguins can win the cup but not this year.

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      You gotta love a fan that trolls his own team haha. Do you try to get attention this hard at school kid? Some people just like to watch the world burn. Sad.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        Can you really call it trolling anymore when we have no choice because all articles are all Penguins all the time !

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        Valid point. If I wasn’t a fan of the team I would find it annoying. I think alot if it has to do with the streak and the caliber of players but I’m a pens fan so I’m obviously biasis. This steelers88 kid is always saying we won’t win because Sid or geno are out and every time he says their done for the year and they always bounce right back. He’s just a 16 year old kid seeking attention. He openly stated earlier he enjoys all the angry responses. Wait till he discovers girls. Yikes.

    • mordock57 - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      So glad that Steelers88 is live from Crosby’s bedside with up-to-the-minute medical updates. What’s that? He’s just guessing and doesn’t really have any idea what he’s talking about? Oh. Maybe we can just wait for ACTUAL updates before writing off Crosby and the rest of the season. That’d be super. Sheesh.

  19. mattypbillsmafia - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    I am honestly shocked seeing Flyers and Pens fans actually talking to each other in a civil manner here. Keep it up boys, trash talking fans is one of my favorite things about sports, but just for fun. I’m glad to see everyone behaving!

    • stakex - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      Its really because the Flyers are all but done for the year. I doubt it would be so civil if both teams were in a heated race in the standings…. or if the Flyers had much hope of making the playoffs.

  20. phlyerzpwnu - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Respect, respect. Great hockey is great hockey…even if it’s your arch enemy.

    • drone501 - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      as a pens fan i still find it hard to believe i rooted for the flyers against the blackhawks in the finals. wife said i probably had a mini stroke.

  21. phlyerzpwnu - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Respect, respect. Great hockey is great hockey…even if it’s your arch enemy. Unreal what these guys are doing.

  22. steelers88 - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    This Penguins franchise is so frustrating. Every time it looks like the Pens might make a cup appearance something bad happens to them like 3 years ago they couldn’t get to a 3rd Stanley cup in a row and lost to Montreal who later lost to the Flyers! Two years ago Crosby and Malkin are both out. Last year there is a complete meltdown and now this year the Sidney Crosby injury. I’m starting to think this is a snake bitten franchise. The Penguins have to win 2 or more cups to say the Crosby/Malkin era was a success. Obviously you hope Crosby got his teeth knocked out and that’s it but when 90mph puck hits in the face you never know. Crosby will at least miss a few games. Hopefully he can comeback by the 1st round of the playoffs.

    • handsofsweed - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      Good thing for you that you were born well after the 1993 playoffs.

  23. chanceoffleury1 - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Vokoooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun! He is a beast and Kunitz/Orpik owe Cooke, Adams, Glass, Murray, and Vokoun a keg after that 5 minute PK performance. Best I’ve seen Cooke and Glass look all year!

  24. steelcity412 - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Eiggles I’m taking a shot in the dark here but your constantly talkin about old ladies , so I’m assuming your prob about 36 living in your moms basement using her ancient Packard computer , your probably bald and fat and have zero self confidence which is understandable since your team the flyers have been losers since 75 which is also the last time you got laid by a Hooker named Steve in the parking lot of trader horn where you sold your last bit of dignity and pride to a quad paraplegic in return for a sack of marbles and and eye patch from all the man mustard splattered in your eye . Go pens

    • fbothharbaughs - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      “man mustard”… classic!

    • captjackwagon - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      Steelcity, I have a feeling that you are spot on. I usually refrain from making any comments or judgements about others on theses posts, but this individual (Eiggles) seems truly like an idiot and an embarassment to actual Fylers fans. He wouldn’t know what to do with any kind of woman, let alone a “fat” woman. If you look closely at all of the Penguins posts on PHT, this tool must just sit in his underwear, as you stated, in his mom’s basement, and troll Pittsburgh articles ALL DAY LONG. Stop being the keyboard douchebag and if you have an actual contribution to the forum, then have at it. Go outside. Interact with REAL people. Get a life.

      • drone501 - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        as a pens fan i still find it hard to believe i rooted for the flyers against the blackhawks in the finals. wife said i probably had a mini stroke.

  25. stakex - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Have to give credit where its due, the Pens are playing quite amazing right now, and I really hope that the Rangers (if they make the playoffs at all) can move into 7th so they don’t have the play the Pens in the first round. Still not sold on them being a run away cup favorite, but they are dangerous.

    I still have to keep saying it though… they only have 11 regulation or overtime wins in a row. A shootout win, which happened in the 4th game of this current streak, can not could when comparing it to a record set before the shootout. Back then, a shootout would instead be a tie… and a win streak broken. So winning 17 games in a row in 1993 means a hell of a lot more then winning 17 in a row now, unless its done without a shootout win.

    • JoeAvg - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      Valid point stakex, but I’d counter that this is outweighed by the fact that the league is so much more balanced now. When the other streaks were accomplished there were quite a few teams that were almost an automatic two points. That’s not the case now. You have to show up every game in today’s league or else go home empty handed.

  26. steelcity412 - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Shut up stake face , the rules change constantly in sports , although I do agree that you can’t compare this streak with ones before shootout that’s irrelevant because its 2013 not 93 so let’s not dwell on the past and stay in the present . Wether people hate the pens love the pens respect the pens or disrespect the pens you can’t deny the tear they are on and the talent they have . Are they a shoe in for the cup ? I don’t know , nobody does that’s why they lace up the skates and go out and play , I’d like to think they have a hell of a shot .. There’s not a team in the east that would make me nervous to play THIS year in the playoffs

  27. bobhpine - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Can you guys believe how long ago 1975 was.

    Elvis was still alive.
    Vietnam War was still going on.
    Niklas Lidstrom was five years old.
    Disco hadn’t been invented yet.
    The flyers won their last cup.
    We had only landed on the moon six years ago.

    Imagine if you were a Flyer fan. How pathetic would that be. Imagine if the only thing that could soothe your mind about all that losing is some bizarre obsession with the financial troubles of one other team…especially when that financially troubled team wins more championships than yours. That would suck,

    • dareu2steelmypenguin - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      Thank you sir but I would rather NOT imagine i was a Philthy fan!

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