Skip to content

Discuss: Pens overwhelm Isles, take 3-2 series lead

May 9, 2013, 9:40 PM EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins made enough changes in Game 5 against the New York Islanders that Thursday night ended up looking a lot like the opening game of this first-round series. The Penguins ended up winning 4-0.

Let’s get chatting.

  • In an odd twist, two Penguins goalies now have shutouts in this series. Marc-Andre Fleury produced a goose egg in Game 1 while Tomas Vokoun managed to do so tonight.
  • Another parallel: Evgeni Nabokov was chased from the game. This sequence didn’t exactly help the aging Russian netminder’s cause:
This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
  • So, should the Islanders actually consider giving Kevin Poulin a start or is it Nabokov or bust? The team’s hot run occasionally meant out-scoring their problems, as the veteran’s work has been hit-or-miss in 2013.
  • Before the game got out of hand, many observers noted that Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang haven’t looked quite right at times. The results argue otherwise, but how accurate could that be? Should Pittsburgh be worried if so?
  • Can the Islanders bounce back from this 3-2 series deficit?
  • Has your viewpoint of the Penguins’ status as a Stanley Cup contender changed? If so, how?
This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
  1. multiplemiggs - May 9, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    islesjb knows everything. He will tell us exactly what went wrong tonight for the Islanders. In fact, he knew they would lose 4-0 the whole time!

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 9, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Tyler Kennedy deserves a lot of credit for everything he did tonight. His compete/battle level and his willingness to play a simple game that stuck to the game plan and helped produce that critical first goal.

      I have been overly critical of TK all year. Many times he looked as if he was on auto pilot, but tonight he was firmly at the helm of his ship and it helped lead the way for the rest of the team. He deserves at least a couple stick taps for that performance.

      Lets go Pens!

      • JoeAvg - May 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        The Hardhat is probably going to Vokoun tonight but my vote would be TK.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 9, 2013 at 10:27 PM

        That’s ok with me, it’s not about who wears it just as long as everyone is willing to put it on for each and every game……..Tonight they all did….and the result speaks for itself.

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 10, 2013 at 7:55 AM

        I have to suck it up and sing praise, too. I am the biggest critic of TK and why he’s still on the roster. He was definitely good last night.

        I’m still not for giving him a raise over the $2M he makes now to stick around, though. Maybe if he has a few more good games – but he also didn’t do his patented ‘cross the blue line and shoot into the goalie glove’ move last night.

  2. sjsharks66 - May 9, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    We all saw how the Islanders were acting near the end of the game, no need to comment on that embarrassment.

    Just curious, will there be a hearing on the elbow to Sutter?

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 9, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      Where the Islanders playing San Jose tonight ?

      • sjsharks66 - May 9, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        No, San Jose is to busy resting for round 2. Ya know….after they swept and all.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        Actually they could knock off the HAWKS in my humble opinion !

      • sjsharks66 - May 9, 2013 at 10:18 PM

        Honestly dude, I think they might be able to also.
        The Hawks are not struggling with Minny, but two OT games? I did not expect that in the series.

      • cheesesteak75 - May 9, 2013 at 10:30 PM

        That would be “were”

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 9, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      Mr curious why are you curious just curious !

    • burgh916 - May 9, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Hang on sjsharks66 you’re going against the hive mind here… The Pens are the ONLY team that doesn’t like losing.. Right?… Right??? Guys?

    • garyreasons55 - May 10, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      Penguins are the scummiest team in the league and they more than have set the tone of physicality in this series. You know, like attacking the Islanders after game 4(when the game was over). Game 5 was actually the only game where Pittsburgh wasn’t taking cheap shots all game. Maybe that’s why they looked so good. I guess you are a sharks fan and your 2’nd favorite team is the Pens? Sharks will choke again. They always do. No Nabby to blame anymore. Maybe Thornton this time?

  3. Stiller43 - May 9, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Were the flyers playing ANYBODY tonight?

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      No the flyers had a terrible year and did not make the playoffs this year and have not won a cup since 1975 and all the flyers players are golfing now !

      • drone501 - May 9, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        eiggle what wrong with you. have you gone pc on all of us. you used to be fun when you messed with us pens fans now your boring whats up with that.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - May 9, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Yeah they were but I soon realized that it was on NHL 13

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 9, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        That was NHL1975

      • pitpenguinsrulez - May 9, 2013 at 10:18 PM

        on Atari

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 9, 2013 at 11:51 PM

        Pong at the mall

    • laxman1944 - May 9, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Really?????…….You earned a game you had to have…..Congrats…….be humble…..This is going 7……and you never know what will happen in game 7….

      • handsofsweed - May 9, 2013 at 10:03 PM

        Ironically, guaranteeing 7 isn’t very humble. We know it’s gonna be a hell of a fight on Saturday. Well, at least the vast majority of us Pens fans do.

      • laxman1944 - May 9, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        You better………..The Isle. Is not going away…..

      • handsofsweed - May 9, 2013 at 10:21 PM

        Neither will the Pens.

      • laxman1944 - May 9, 2013 at 11:01 PM

        I would hope so……..

      • fbothharbaughs - May 10, 2013 at 7:33 AM

        Guess we have a winner in the “taking over the douchebaggery mantra from eiggles….”

      • laxman1944 - May 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        Fbothharbaughs…….Real tough guy aren’t you…..A$$hole

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 9, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      I smell some bad karma Fred Shero 1975 Ray Shero 2005 you sniffin what Iam whiffin ?

      • cheesesteak75 - May 9, 2013 at 10:37 PM

        I think you sniffing your ass!

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 10, 2013 at 12:01 AM

        Iam sniffin you mama’s shorts !

      • fbothharbaughs - May 10, 2013 at 7:34 AM

        Nope… stand corrected….

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        We will just have too see now won’t we there man hater !

  4. djamesbart - May 9, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Vokouna Matata!

    All this yapping about the Pens poor goaltending. Yet,
    Pens now have 2 shutouts,
    Islanders starting goalie has now been pulled twice. And likely now has the worst goals against average in playoffs.

    • biasedhomer - May 9, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      Well if Vokoun becomes shaky, what then? Turn to MAF, whose confidence is gone?

      • drone501 - May 9, 2013 at 11:54 PM

        resign brent johnson. vocoun will be fine and so will to a certain extent, maf

  5. Stiller43 - May 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    When the pens dont get an embarassing performance from fleury, theyre 3-0.

    Voky starts game 6 and pens win about 3-1 me thinks. I think voky also seals fleurys fate. He just cant cut it in the playoffsthe past few years. We’ll need a bigger sample size from goalies playing with the same pens team as fleury, but early results show there can be better play behind this same team.

    • djamesbart - May 9, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      Vokoun gave up a lot of juicy rebounds.
      That game easily could have been another 5-4 shootout.
      That’s hockey though.

      I don’t understand how anyone could say Sid “didn’t look right.” He was nearly perfect in every aspect. A clinic really. Then you throw in that classic bull rush goal. Unstoppable really.

      • laxman1944 - May 9, 2013 at 10:53 PM

        “This just in……..The Pitt Pen. will never……ever……lose a game again”

    • laxman1944 - May 9, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      May want to throw Mr.Kennedy a bone too…….it appeared that he is just what Dr. Momentum ordered…..speed..hunger..aggressiveness …..He deserves some accolades too…

      • jpelle82 - May 10, 2013 at 7:57 AM

        he was right on time last night. another playoffs game winner (6 for his career – thats more than crosby has). not bad for a guy who sh!t the bed all season long to earn his paycheck in the playoffs where it counts

    • drone501 - May 9, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      just curious when does maf’s contract run out. they may have second thought about bringing him back.

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - May 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Early on in this game I thought the Islanders looked just a bit better but Vokoun was strong early on and got better as the game went on. Kennedys goal was huge because once he scored the crowd came alive and helped to turn the game in the favor of the Pens. The Murray goal was very soft but again that goal can happen to anyone goalie in net. Crosbys goal was flatout sick. Sure people can hate on him but how can you not appreciate a goal like that? The Pens must play the same way on Saturday and almost have to take out the crowd early I say. As for goalie you gotta start Vokoun hands down I think. Until then Go Pens!!!

    • garyreasons55 - May 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      Yeah that’s the same Sid Crosby who went down in OT by the touch of a feather. Two games later he has the entire Islanders team on his back and he scores like that…..but he didn’t dive.

  7. multiplemiggs - May 9, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    sjsharks apperently didnt see the end of game 4…nor kunitz cross checking a linesman. If you thought tonight was embarrassing then idk what you would call Tuesday night’s crybaby episode. In fact, your a dumb Californian who knows nothing about hockey. The Sharks will never win anything you hippie waste of life. Go jump off the Golden Gate bridge.

    • sjsharks66 - May 9, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      I saw the end of that game. Oh an it was Letang who cross checked the linesman. If you are going to talk sh*t you might want to get your facts straight.

      “your a dumb Californian” it is you’re by the way.
      Yeah, the sharks are so bad. Except….They swept the first round?

      I don’t know what team you cheer for, but they are probably playing golf right now. You know NBC has all these hockey games on, they also have a gold channel. Maybe you can catch your team on there?

      • sjsharks66 - May 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM

        god damnit..

        *GOLF channel

        you catch my drift though.

      • drone501 - May 9, 2013 at 11:51 PM

        maybe not all hockey players play golf you dolts.

  8. bobhpine - May 9, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    The Pens have totally figured the Islanders out. When your goalie doesn’t let up soft, momentum killing goals at multiple time during the game, the talent of the 18 skaters cannot be matched.

    Flower is a nice guy, but Voky needs to start the rest of the way against the Isles. REMEMBER…The fourth one is always the hardest.

    One more to go fellas, keep working smart.

    • laxman1944 - May 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      LOL…..Come on man.

      ” They have it figured out”……sigh…

      Ok…….Here is Lord Stanley’s Cup

      Enjoy

  9. axisofweasels - May 9, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    so who starts game 6? i say vokoun. if the pens win game 6, then go back to fleury in the next round. gives him time to calm himself down.

    if the pens lose game 6… tough call. id go with the franchise goalie in game 7. then pray.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 9, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Vokoun…it was a shut-out…if he starts Fleury next game and they lose…and gad forbid they lose the series, there will be a posse formed for his job (bylsma).

  10. burgh916 - May 9, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Vokouna Matata! It means no worries!!

    I was pretty embarrassed with our first period performance, if it wasn’t for Vokoun we definitely would have been down by quite a few goals, and fast. Then you’d only hear how the D sucked.
    Anyways, Kennedy’s goal was HUGE. That seemed to spark everybody. Hopefully we can keep up the pressure. I was really happy that we didn’t give in to their crap at the end of the game, and throughout (after the Neal incident, and Malkin needs to calm down too.) Going to be an exciting game 6!

  11. blackraven1313 - May 9, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Great game tonight Pens! Lets take this win and start a streak!!
    13 games to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Stiller43 - May 9, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Lol more “if the pens win, they should have and had to win,” and if they lose its “HAHAHAHAHAHA omg first round exit again!!! Im either a flyers fan jealous my teams not in the playoffs or an isles fan just happy my team finally made the playoffs for the first time in my adult life, and this is funny!!”

    Grow up people. And give respect to a team winning in the playoffs. Fleury was the biggest of a few reasons the pens havent moved on to the 2nd round already. Still, only 1 team swept the 1st round. Its playoff hockey, teams are fighting for their lives…youre gonna lose some battles. Especially when your goalie is fleury (the playoff version).

    • laxman1944 - May 9, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      SO Cocky………Still have a game or two to play there….But go ahead and set the parade route

    • mordock57 - May 10, 2013 at 2:46 AM

      The biggest reason? That’s crap, sorry. If the Pens had played like this in Game 4, it would have been an easy win for Fleury. Puck possession, controlled passing, very few stupid giveaways… that’s Pens hockey all season, none of which was evident in Game 4. Go ahead goal? Malkin’s fault, even as Fleury was making a stellar save after the horrible giveaway… until Geno sat on his own goalie for the rebound.

      I loved the way the Pens played in this game and if they had done so two days ago, Fleury wouldn’t be taking so much grief.

  13. multiplemiggs - May 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    I watched the game at Buffalo Wild Wings. There was even a few Penguins fans there. I had 18 wings and I just took the hugest dump I think I ever took in my life. It was a hard solid bowel movement that was extremely round so it hurt when it came out.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - May 9, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Did you atleast do a snake charmer? If don’t know what it is then click this:http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=snake+charmer MAKE SURE YOU READ THE THIRD DEFINITION.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 10, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        always knew sid was a snake charmer

    • drone501 - May 10, 2013 at 7:26 AM

      spoken like a true hockey fan. you gave one up for the team.

  14. dmfc1112 - May 9, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Multiplemiggs, speaking of Letang Cross-checking a linesman at the end of game 4, can anybody explain why this was never even talked about??? It seemed pretty blatant and that infraction carries a 10 game suspension.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 10, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      Because it’s a non-issue – no harm, no foul. Same as the NYI players committing penalties from the bench twice now…technically I think it’s a 7 game suspension if you do that (OR if you leave the bench to go after a player on the ice) but as much as I whine about it, let’s face it – it’s a non-issue. Neither one of those two things are all that worth talking about. It would be nice for NYI to get Letang out of the games though, eh?

  15. goodellisruiningtheleague - May 9, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    That second goal was pure luck. Not that it mattered though since the score was 4-0. The Pens are something serious in the playoffs

  16. multiplemiggs - May 9, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    I agree, I thought it was a mininum 20 game suspension but yea thats the NHL dictating games as usual.

    • maalea - May 9, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      My question is why didn’t Kuntiz get a 3rd man in at the end of that game? Malkin and Hammonic get 5 minute majors for fighting and Kunitz grabs Hammonic. Cut and dried 3rd man in but no call.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 10, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      This is cut and pasted from above, because I’m lazy:

      Because it’s a non-issue – no harm, no foul. Same as the NYI players committing penalties from the bench twice now…technically I think it’s a 7 game suspension if you do that (OR if you leave the bench to go after a player on the ice) but as much as I whine about it, let’s face it – it’s a non-issue. Neither one of those two things are all that worth talking about. It would be nice for NYI to get Letang out of the games though, eh?

  17. ironman721 - May 9, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    All Vocoun! Solid team game but a hot goaltender is a game changer.

  18. cspsrbums - May 9, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Don’t know if I would want to meet Ottawa in the 2nd round

  19. laxman1944 - May 9, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    It’s a shame Vokoun can’t play NYI every night eh??????

    • drone501 - May 9, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      he can this weekend, thats for sure.

  20. garyreasons55 - May 10, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Isles did not have the intensity they had the previous 3 games. Pair that with their goaltender completely demoralizing the team with that 2’nd goal and you have a 4-0 loss. I’m not taking anything away from Vokoun because he played well but the Islanders were “winning the battles” and then Pittsburgh scored the first goal. It was no big deal but when Murray sends a soft wrist shot from the point and the goalie misplays it like that the team lost all spirit. Pittsburgh just keeps shooting upstairs, mostly on the glove side and Nabby just can’t adjust. He goes down as soon as the think about shooting. It’s just terrible goaltending by Nabakov and he doesn’t have MAF to make him look worse anymore. The Isles won’t be as flat game 6 but the need the goaltending to be at least decent to win game 6 and no Vokoun is not a juggernaut.

  21. coopjr - May 10, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    What a difference a day makes.

    No wonder the Flyers fans and Pittsburg fans get all frothy at each other. They both react the same way to adversity and triumph.

  22. phillyphanatic77 - May 10, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Just the like the Isles dominated every facet in game 4, the Pens came out and did the same in game 5. The presence of Vokoun definitely stabilized the team. This game was close to a mirror opposite of game 4, except, unlike the Pens, the Isles were not able to capitalize on any of their few scoring chances. The insertion of Tyler Kennedy, for all the crap he gets from Pens fans, was almost as important as Vokoun. He was flying. And Nabokov was subpar once again. IMO, If the Islanders are going to force a game 7 they have to get back to winning puck battles (idk how many they won last night but it wasn’t a lot) and Nabokov has to step up. That 2nd goal was a backbreaker. NY has been resilient to deficits all series, but after that softie they seemed to stop skating. If Pittsburgh dictates the play in game 6, like last night, then it could be a quick, quiet exit for the Isles.

    • laxman1944 - May 10, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Good post

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. J. Quick (1393)
  2. S. Bennett (1322)
  3. A. Ovechkin (1156)
  4. K. Timonen (1146)
  5. B. Schenn (1113)