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Discuss: Penguins knock Islanders out of playoffs

May 11, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

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The concept of a high-pressure Game 7 against the New York Islanders on Sunday probably didn’t appeal much to the Pittsburgh Penguins. They didn’t play splendidly during the entirety of Game 6 on Saturday, but a late charge by Evgeni Malkin helped set up a 4-3 OT win, ending the series 4-2.

Let’s discuss the contest and series.

  • Conversely, the Penguins weren’t exactly dominant in an elimination game. Should they be considered about their play, particularly in their own end? Which habits are worrisome and which ones might have a lot to do with the fact that the Islanders boast a dangerous offense of their own?
  • Tomas Vokoun‘s now on a two-game winning streak after taking over for Marc-Andre Fleury. Is it best for the Penguins to stick with the hot hand or go with their franchise guy against the Ottawa Senators?
  • Evgeni Malkin took over the game late, setting up the tying and winning goals. Does this have the makings of yet another Conn Smythe run for Geno?
  • The Penguins go from one scrappy lower seed to another in the Senators. Will Pittsburgh have trouble with the upstarts in Ottawa?
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  1. orangegesus - May 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Let’s go Sens…

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 11, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Sens vs Pens, a return to the scene of the crime

      • cheesesteak75 - May 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM

        If having a GM and front office with zero class, then yes, a return to the scene of the crime!

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 11, 2013 at 11:13 PM

        You mean an owner and just an owner right?

  2. loinstache - May 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Not a fan of either team; I figured Pens would take the series in the end but jeez Pittsburgh did not deserve to win that game at all

    • bucspasm - May 12, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      Considering they scored more goals in THAT game than the Isles, and won four games in the series, yes indeed, they deserved to win…

  3. sampulls - May 11, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Pens will win through with Crosby getting MVP.

    • stakex - May 11, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      Pretty bold statement since the Pens were given a run for their money by the weakest team in the playoffs, who had a goaltender not much better then Fleury. Two overtime wins (one thanks to a laughable call) really decided the series… and it could easily have gone the other way.

      If they play the way they did against the Islanders, the Pens will have a very hard time getting past the Sens… or anyone for that matter.

      • bmscalise - May 11, 2013 at 11:15 PM

        If you think the Isles are the weakest team in the playoff field, you know nothing about hockey.

        They lost one game in regulation the entire month of April. And the only teams in the East that have an offense the caliber of the Isles are the Pens and perhaps the Caps.

      • drone501 - May 11, 2013 at 11:55 PM

        i thought that the isle played as well as any other team in the east. fast skaters and skilled. they gave us pens fans a scare. pens in 6 at ottawa.

      • chanceoffleury1 - May 12, 2013 at 1:07 AM

        The Islanders have pretty consistently given the Pens trouble the past few years and came into the playoffs as the hottest team in hockey. People who thought that series would be a cake walk for the Pens are fair weather fans that only start watching during the playoffs every year.

      • afitzpatrickletsgopens - May 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        It’s the playoffs, where the past doesn’t matter and you can’t predict the outcomes with confidence. The Pens will roll against the Sens, they are too deep with talent and leadership. If Fleury can play average then they will win almost every time.

      • bucspasm - May 12, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        No such thing as a “weak” team when it comes playoff time. ESPECIALLY in this half season. Would have loved to see the seeding had it been a whole season….

  4. Stiller43 - May 11, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Full respect to the isles. They have a great rebuild going on and they’ll only get better. They had the better play much of the series, but goalie play was the difference. If the two OT games went the other way, it’s isles in 6. Scary crap.

    THANK GOD bylsma came to his senses and went with Voky. I only hope he opens up the 2nd round vs the Sens.

    LETS GO PENS

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - May 11, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Just because you outplay a team DOESN’T mean you’ll win! Congrats on the great season New York. Also thank goodness for a 12am noise curfew in my dorm because I lost it. Pure happiness right now! Bring on Ottawa. LETS GO PENS!!!!

  6. 19to77 - May 11, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Isles played an excellent series. They deserve to leave with their heads held high. There’s a bright future for the Islanders again.

    Meanwhile, the Pens have some serious questions to ask – they had to battle this hard against the worst goalie in the playoffs, and now they’re up against the best. Playing like they have in this series, I can’t see them beating Anderson and the Senators. Some big, troubling questions in Pittsburgh.

    • sportsfreak13 - May 11, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      First off hats off to the islanders. What a series. The senators do have a hot goaltender but their transisition game is not as deadly as the islanders. Their speed isn’t as big as a factor so its going to be a different kind of series. The fact is the pens have shaken the first round curse that had plagued them the past couple years and now their deep enough to make a run. I would not take this team lightly in the playoffs. This second round will be alot of fun, not easy by any means. Thank god there wasn’t a lockout, I love playoff hockey!!!!

    • drone501 - May 11, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      they will handle ottawa. isles are better than anyone gave thewm credit. they were the hottest team in the league at the end of the regular season.

    • bucspasm - May 12, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      NYI are definitely up and coming, and it will be interesting to see how things go in their new digs, because that barn of theirs is a spithole. Hated watching the game from the 1970’s camera angles.

  7. sjsharks66 - May 11, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Islanders played a damn good series!

    What is it going to be next series? FLOTTAWA? OTTYERS? Haha

    • handsofsweed - May 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      Flynators.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM

        Sounds Irish

  8. whammy71 - May 11, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Nothing to see here….move along. Things going as expected. Parade is still on. Everyone else is playing for 2nd place!

    • devilsarethebest - May 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      Dude, they barely beat the Islanders and only because Nabokov played terrible. But whatever, think what you want. Enjoy Anderson and his .950 save percentage!

      • whammy71 - May 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        Dude – Pens won 2x as many times as the Islanders. Wouldn’t say that was “barely” beating them. Pens won twice as many times and crushed them in goal diff.

      • handsofsweed - May 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM

        To be fair, Montreal has little to no offensive talent. Pittsburgh is just kind of slightly skilled. Just a little bit.

      • cheesesteak75 - May 11, 2013 at 10:36 PM

        Anderson’s record this year vs Pens is 0-3 with .909 SV%. Pens haven’t lost to Ottawa this season. I’m not planning a parade, but I like the Pens chances in this match up!

      • stakex - May 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM

        @whammy71

        Actually, they did just barely make it past the Islanders. Two of the Pens wins came in overtime of games they were clearly outplayed in, and one of those was thanks to a terrible penelty call. They could easily have lost both of them.

        Make no mistake about it, the Pens could very easily be making tee times in the morning… and if they play like this against the Sens, it will be a short series.

      • whammy71 - May 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM

        Pens also had 2 shutouts that no one is giving them credit for.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 11, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        If it weren’t for Fleury’s poor performance this series would not have gone 6 games. However, Jack C did a great job prepping his team. There are things you can only learn through experience, and many of the young islanders just acquired a lot of experience for the future. Good for the Islanders and their fans. Q: Where was Martinek on Pens second goal with the puck in his D zone? A: Went to the bench for a change. Tough lessons.

        So, do you stay with Vokoun or go back to Fleury?

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 11, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      You do realize the all-star Pens were colossal favorites against the Isles and ended up getting outplayed for a majority of the series? If the Pens play like they did in games 2, 3, 4, and 6, against Craig Anderson and the Sens, then they will lose. Plain and simple. And the lack of respect you have for the Pens opponents is foolish. Nothing went “as expected”, unless you were expecting Fleury to meltdown again and the lowly Islanders to dictate play.

      • handsofsweed - May 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        Jesus. Quit whining about one Pens fan who doesn’t get it. It’s like you’re ignoring the truth that the VAST majority of us have respect for any/all opponents. Give it a rest and at least try to hide how irritated you are that Pittsburgh did what they had to do. Your anxiety that we’re one step closer to making your nightmare come true…yet again…is palpable.

        That said; Ottawa isn’t gonna back down and we’re gonna have to dig these guys out the hard way.

      • whammy71 - May 11, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        I have faith in the team I root for. They are stacked like the 1998 Yankees. If they don’t win the Cup….their season is a complete failure.

        I may come off as cocky….but when you combine faith with expectations, you are left with nothing but reality. And the reality is that the Pens are going to cruise to the SCFs and then grab the Cup off the Blackhawks in an epic series.

        Then I can see a wonderful parade.

        BTW – HandsOfWeed – I get it more than you!

      • handsofsweed - May 11, 2013 at 11:39 PM

        No. No you absolutely don’t. Your utter lack of humility shows. You are ignorant and arrogant. And to prove it? Watch the thumbs up/down count from fans of all teams. They (NOT me) are about to tear your a$$ up. Enjoy.

      • whammy71 - May 11, 2013 at 11:48 PM

        ohhh….i live and die by the thumbs up and down of some hockey rambling board!!! You figured me out!!!! I’m going to have to cry myself to sleep tonight because people I don’t know are giving me a thumbs down!!!!

        Boo hoo….how will I ever survive????

      • drone501 - May 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM

        yeah, but the thing is the pens are still in the playoffs. they are capable of doing better things. give the isles credit.

      • dirt2013 - May 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        Pens will be in real trouble when they meet your team Philly.With all the extra time on the golf course they should bury them.

  9. footballfan - May 11, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Hats off to the Islanders. They played a great series and will be back next season with a vengeance. They put the rest of the teams in the east on notice!!

  10. timmons94 - May 11, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Said before game 1 islanders would be toughest test. Pens will beat Ottawa and Boston or caps .. Islanders are good. Pens would of won in 5 with average goal tending. Islanders would of won in 6 with average goaltending

    • stakex - May 11, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      Thats simply not true at all.

      I give the Islanders credit for doing a lot with a team thats not very good, and they pushed the Pens more then I expected. However lets not over state how good they actually are as a team…. which is not very. Their defense was iffy all series, and Nabokov was almost as bad as Fleury. Sure they have Taveres and some offensive punch, but they don’t have much depth up front. If you honestly think thats the toughest test the Pens will have, you might well be in for a rude awakening. The Islanders will be the weakest team the Pens play the entire playoffs…. it only gets harder from here.

      Also, the Leafs and Rangers aren’t dead yet…. Boston and the Caps might not even make it to round 2.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 11, 2013 at 11:04 PM

        When you said “almost as bad as fleury” I stopped reading. Compare the 2 goaltenders stats in that series then review your stupid comment and try to tell me with a straight face you believe that Nabokov played better then fleury in that series. Seriously good luck getting past the caps this round. Your hockey analysis is a joke.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 12, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        Nabokov had the worse stats of all goalies in the playoffs to date. Yes. That includes Fleury.

  11. malkinrulez - May 11, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Bit overstated to say the Islanders outplayed the Pens much of the series.in 2 games they didn’t score a goal! That being said I have said all along the Islanders have a good team . I was one of the few who knew this would be a battle. Islanders transition game is right up there in the NHL. Isles have a bright future .

  12. deezenucks - May 11, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Wins a win, Flylanders…hahahahahahaha

  13. killerpgh - May 11, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Great series to watch. Penguins will need to play better to beat the Senators. The best thing about thing win is that it is it last game that Steigy and Errey will be doing for the season. The NBC crew sucks. But I can’t stand Steigy.

    • drone501 - May 12, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      amen to that. they gotta put mike lange back on the tv side. steigy is killing me also.

    • JoeAvg - May 12, 2013 at 1:15 AM

      When I lived in the area, my friends and I used to laugh at Steigerwald all the time. He would always make the dumbest comments and ask ridiculous questions in interviews. We always thought he was gonna get punched one day and felt sorry that Lange had to deal with such an idiot. Now with satelite tv and internet deliverery, he’s representing the club over the globe. That’s not funny anymore, just plain embarrassing.

      • jaybaileys - May 12, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        Unfortunately the Pens don’t have the right to choose who does the TV. Root sports owns that decision. The Pens have the radio choice and guess who is on there?

    • bucspasm - May 12, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Same crap every time a NY team plays a ‘burgh team, regardless of the sport. But last night, they were going down disgustingly hard on New York’s crank. Typical media…..

    • vilsack743 - May 12, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      Steigy hated hockey in high school. Voted against us having a hockey team. He was very vocal about it.

  14. pens87 - May 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Glad to see some of my fellow pens fans giving credit where it is due. Nothing but love for the spirt, passion, and intensity that the islanders brought to this series. They were very dangerous all series long, and will continue to be so in the years ahead. They are fun to watch and have a bright future ahead of them.

    Glad to see the Pens take it tonight, better in six than have it go to a seventh. That being said we were outplayed for the vast majority of the game, and were lucky to come out on top. They need to take the next few days, rest up, refocus, and get back to work. If they take the Sens for grated like they did the Islanders for most of this series, it will not go as easy.

    Also I fully expect them to give Fleury another shot in game 1. I know it’s not what most want to see, but knowing the pens organization they will want to give him another shot.

    • JoeAvg - May 12, 2013 at 1:27 AM

      I don’t think the Pens themselves took the Isles lightly, just many of their fans. The Pens (and certainly Fleury’s) problem this round was mental. The heart of this team is the same as it’s been the last couple of years and I think they had confidence issues due to the outcomes of those playoffs. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that two of this series best performances came from players who had no connection to them – Vokoun & Iggy. Hopefully this series win has exorcised those demons and we’ll see the real deal (no pun) next round, and yes, that includes Fluery.

  15. cheesesteak75 - May 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    It wasn’t pretty, but good teams find a way to win. They need to regroup, have some good practices, and stay out of the box. The Pens match up well with Ottawa and should look better in round 2.

  16. steelers88 - May 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    I actually like the matchup with the Senators better than the matchup with the Islanders. The Islanders speed is severly underrated. The Islanders really played a good series. And no dugh you play Vokoun against the Senators.

  17. ironman721 - May 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Great game. Great series. Tip of the cap to the Islanders👍, they are a year or 2 and a player or 2 away. Love the Coliseum. Great hockey arena with great fans. Pens need to clean up a little. Very sloppy at times in this series. Let’s Go Pens🐧❗

  18. modellforprez - May 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Took long enough. their done. ottawa will beat them. sissy crobsy sucks. we are New yock you cant fox with us. picksburgh is country. we should beat. HAVE A NICE SUMMER MAGGOTS

    • devilsarethebest - May 11, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      Damn, you really need to learn English.

      • hawkeedawg - May 12, 2013 at 12:25 AM

        Modell
        Never mind learn English, just get lost, I usually don’t call anyone names but man are you an ARMPIT!!!!

  19. btlpper68 - May 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    I don’t think at the start of the season anyone thought the isles would b giving pit a run for their money in the playofs, they outplayed the pens for longer but good teams find a way to win

  20. bobhpine - May 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Brooks Kasparitis with the heroics, just like I called it. Pens were totally outplayed and managed to win an elimination game on the road. Disturbing that they only played hard for 57 out of 67 minutes, but remarkable that that was all it took.

    Sens should be a better matchup. The Isles had killer speed. The Sens can only win by doing what the Philthy Flyers do, which is Cheap shots after the whistle and power play goals.

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 11, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      First off, it’s ridiculously hypocritical to talk about the Flyers as cheap shot artists after the embarrassing lack of sportsmanship your team showed last year. And secondly, the Sens have much more skill than you’re giving them credit for. Not to mention a hot goaltender. So keep underestimating the Pens opponents, I’m sure you didn’t give the Isles any respect either.

      • whammy71 - May 11, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        Well….Cryers started the cheap shot stuff last year…Pens were gullible enough to fall for it. And I tip my hat to you and your squad for that. Yinz played it well.

        In very early July – if you want to see what a Stanley Cup parade is all about – let me know and I’ll tell you where the best spots are on the parade route. Happy Golfing!

  21. jr507 - May 11, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    whammy by your comments and name (ooh you like Malkin) you clearly are new to hockey. stop talking if you truly believe this wasn’t a close series.

    If you tell any fan that all their team needs to do is have their goalie outplay Tomas freaking Vokoun and they win the series – you’d assume your guaranteed the win. Pitt needs to clean up a lot, they were a mediocre performance by Nabokov from being ousted.

    • whammy71 - May 11, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      Sorry Jabroni – been watching the Pens since before Mario. Remember watching Pens lose to the Islanders in 1982.

      Pens were outplayed for long stretches…but still won with superior talent. But may not have been that close if not for MAF knocking in 2 game winners by himself and letting in several softies. That why Pens went out and got The ‘Koun!!!!

      We’re good to go. The Islanders speed gave the Pens trouble…but no one else in the East has it – so not worried. Pens firepower up front will offset any lingering defensive slips.

      Sorry for being confident. Your probably a Pens hater…and jealous that your own team isn’t stacked.

  22. jdrew506 - May 11, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Doesn’t really matter what anyone says the Islander gave the penguins all they could handle. Congrats to the penguins on the series but the Islanders should be very proud of the way they played. This was great experience for the Islanders and I doubt anyone will take them lightly next year. This is one Islander fan who is proud of the team and the way they never gave up and left everything on the ice.

    • handsofsweed - May 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      Stick tap for you. Repeatedly!

      • whammy71 - May 11, 2013 at 11:51 PM

        do you drive a Miata?

  23. taylorgang24 - May 11, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Should they be considered for their play? What?

  24. bobhpine - May 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Kudos to the Isles. They showed a lot this series and this experience will make them better in the coming years. The Pens made them a lot better in many ways. The Isles will have confidence likely wont no show in game one like they did against ten days ago. That game was too much to overcome and they could never stay ahead for very long. The Pens always struck back so quickly whenever the Isles scored, which is both a testament to how talented the Pens are and indicative of a team that lost its focus after goals.

    And Tavares is a BEAST.

    Good series.

  25. cspsrbums - May 11, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Ottawa is so much bigger then the Isles with a lot better goal tending. And the Isle put a hurting on the pens this series. No way Pit can take the punishment that Ottawa will dish out they are the toughest team in the east right now Ottawa in 5 maybe 6

    • handsofsweed - May 11, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      I envy your bookie.

  26. gaborik104life - May 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    From an outsiders view that series was very entertaining to watch. Lots of respect for the isles.

  27. joerevs300 - May 11, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Worriesome treands: What’s bothersome to me is the Pens simply play disinterested too much of the time. Game 1 and Game 5, when they played with energy, the Islanders weren’t even in the same zip code as the Pens. And if not for several lucky breaks in Game 3 and 6, the Pens would have already lost this series.

    Goaltending situation: Volkun stood tall in Game 5 and honestly, none of those goals tonight are on him save for the way he played the puck on the 3rd goal the Isles scored. However, Fleury is your franchise goaltender. I think you have to go back to him for Game 1. Otherwise, what does that say for 2013-2014? You owe him $5M, and you don’t pay that for a benchwarmer. His confidence would be destroyed.

    Malkin: Until the end of Game 6, he was mostly invisible. When he and Crosby are playing with the same energy, the Pens are nearly unbeatable. That’s the problem. Sometimes he just disappears for long stretches. I think it’s a “wee” bit early to talk about a Conn Smythe run.

    Ottawa: Yes, I do not think the Pens should underestimate them at all. The key will be holding serve at home. If they go up 2-0, they’ll win in 5. If they split like they did against the Islanders, this has the makings of a 6-7 game series.

    The bottom line is a team like Chicago will eat Pittsburgh for lunch the way they played against the Islanders, who I give a TON of credit. Most experts had this series ending in 4-5 games for the Pens. The Islanders could have won this series, had they got more then 2 goals on their power play. At the end of the day, special teams won this series for the Pens IMHO.

    • whammy71 - May 11, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      How can everyone say Malkin was invisible….he is leading the POs in scoring right NOW!

      Yes he had turnovers….yes he took stupid penalties….yes he floated from time to time (I thought pretty much every Eastern European player does that).

      He does this crap in the regular season too. So it is nothing different. These downsides happen all the time with him. It is nothing new.

  28. jasndc75 - May 11, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    i still like Fleury, especially after a few days off, but you cannot sit Vokoun until he loses a game

  29. colossal87 - May 11, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Once again TEAM GAMECHANGERS lead by colossal Sid: totally dominated Schlong island. They mowed them down like Sid goes through broads. On to round 2, which will be finished by Vinginla & Co. in 4 games.

    • whammy71 - May 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      YES!!! Finally, someone with a little confidence in the Pens. The Pens are freaking STACKED.

      1998 Yankees went 125-50 (including the post season….think about that for a second – that is an insane record for baseball).

      Pens are just as stacked – no Cup equals complete failure of a season. At least I have the stones to come out and say it!!!

      This board must be made up of a bunch of 20-somethings….who came from the land of helicopter parents…everyone gets a trophy…soccer moms….and I have an excuse for everything.

      I’m surprised HandsOfWeed isn’t apologizing to the Islander fans for the Pens victory. A bunch of freaking wussies!!!!

      • phillyphanatic77 - May 12, 2013 at 1:52 AM

        Dude colossal87 has 30 different handles referencing Crosbys junk and talks nonstop about Pens players “thickness”. Doesn’t it tell you something that the guy you wholeheartedly agree with is a complete troll? The Pens are stacked with future hall of famers and if they don’t win the Cup it’ll be an epic failure, you’re not bringing up some revolutionary epiphany there. I’ve said before that as a hockey fan I’d like to see a Chicago-Pitt finals, despite my Philly allegiance, bc being a loyal fan doesn’t mean you need to throw logic out the window. Yes, the Pens are stacked but there’s no sure thing in the NHL playoffs. And the Pens-Isles series should indicate that to you. Just cause other Pens fans use logic, and think the Pens aren’t just gonna steamroll everybody cuz of the names on their jersey’s, doesn’t make them “wussies”. There are no sure things. Learn some humility.

      • dtownbeatdown - May 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        What does it matter if everyone is 20, 30, 40 years old on here? I see you are what 42? Your perception of reality is off base. Most of the 20 year old’s on here could probably give you a history lesson about hockey that was played before you were even born you old fart.

        Helicopter parents? Really? The only helicopter my parents came out of was my father while he was serving in Vietnam. He taught be hockey, and I am 26. No free ride here, just a hard ass dad that taught be about the game of hockey.

        I can agree on one thing you said, if the Pens don’t go all the way it will be a loss of a season (like it would be for any team) and a bunch of talent will be leaving Pittsburgh next year anyway when the salary cap hits. So yes, it is do or die for this year for them. Not saying they still wont be a talented team next year but there will be big names leaving that team that is for sure.

        Malkin to the Wings!

  30. csilojohnson - May 11, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Amazing how much life is wasted with people responding to overly arrogant comments. Why take it so personal?
    I said it before the playoffs were set. The Islanders were the last team I wanted to see in 8th. If you watch more then just the Pens highlights you would know they have the most trouble with teams that push a very fast pace. I think you could very easily argue the Islander were the fastest team in the playoffs.
    There are also so many intangibles.
    Kind of a generalization to say the Pens are doomed just because they had trouble with the Islanders. (Mostly just in NY) That crowd was a game changer.
    This next series should be very good. If the Pens can ignore Neil I’m confident they will find some consistency.
    Anything can happen. Only takes one second, one play, or one fight to change everything. (see Okposo-Niskenen) Thats what makes playoff hockey so great.

    • drone501 - May 12, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      no big thing. we can play any style you want. crosby whipped niskinen when he was with dallas. no big thing. if fleury don’t crap to bed this series could have been over in 4.

  31. 8man - May 11, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    First, congratulations to the Islanders. Gritty and gutty effort. Something to build on.

    Second, I’ve never been to Ottawa. I don’t know Ottawa. Hell, I don’t think I could find it on a map. But damn, if I’m not rooting for them against the pens. Sens and pens. The sword is mightier. C’mon Senators!

    • drone501 - May 12, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      been to ottawa. nothing exciting. pens in 6.

  32. sprtsfan1 - May 12, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Can’t wait to see Ottawa wipe the floor with the Pens!!! Goaltending will rule this series. Pens don’t stand a chance!!!!

  33. blackhawkslove - May 12, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Everyone talks about how stacked the Pens are but in reality the Blackhawks are the superior team. It seems like there is just so much animosity in the east.

  34. jkay1818 - May 12, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Whammy71, your comments and how redundant you are is tiring. Every post is about how stacked pitt is, no matter the article. What i can’t get over is the fact you are throwing out remarks and comments about people being “20 something yr olds” and how you remember games in 1982.
    The real question here is, are you kidding me? Even if you were 16 you sound like a putz. were STACKED were amazing, no one can beat us! we are unreal, we are just like the yankees. Get a grip, I am embarrassed for you. You are basically telling everyone you are in your late 30’s or 40s and acting like this big of a loser. it’s actually incredible how foolish you sound. Or are you really 17 and making these comments about young people to trick people into taking you seriously. You sound like a clown. i can imagine you at work, pushing the mail cart bragging about how great the penguins are. You sound sad, man.

  35. hazlydose - May 12, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    After game 5, I said let Vokoun finish out this series and if they advance Fleury starts game 1. After this game, you ride Vokoun until he falls off. He looks fantastic out there. Until he cools down, this is Vokoun’s team.

  36. pensman29 - May 12, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    78 comments and no eiggles!!!!!

    • mordock57 - May 12, 2013 at 4:42 AM

      Just because I know he’ll happen along eventually…. 1975.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 12, 2013 at 8:00 AM

      I have realized how pathetic I have been participating in a thumbs up thumbs down contest with a laughable fanbase that should be pitied (since 2005 )! Penguins fans have attained my pity for reasons that only long standing true hockey fans would understand so its pointless to elaborate ! So on that note I wish nothing but the worse for your team going forward and in the end the whole hockey world will join in on a collaborative chuckle actually full blow belly laugh at your city ! The team with the embarrassing amount of riches will themselves be an embarrassment to the game of hockey when they lose it on the ice and show the real classless sore losers they are ! I can picture it now letang running around like a fool as time expires on their season grabbing players that have never had a fight ! I will not be posting on the team from pittsburgh articles from this point on for reasons stated I will be focusing my attention on the west where the cup winner will come from ! One last word if I may,,,, LETS GO FLENATORS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • jaybaileys - May 12, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        Good now go cheer the Philly Foursomes. See you next year!

      • fbothharbaughs - May 12, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        What a whiny DOUCHE

  37. jimeejohnson - May 12, 2013 at 5:44 AM

    At least the Islanders made it interesting. Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins, by far the better Pennsylvania hockey team.

  38. benrob99 - May 12, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    “Laughable call” in game 3… LOL. Learn hockey. If that’s not a penalty nothing is. As for the first round series… I couldn’t care less about who played better when. The object of the playoffs (again learn hockey) is to be the first to 4 wins. Period. Style points only count in figure skating.

  39. freestyle1022 - May 12, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Luongo in an islander jersey is scary for any team in the east, or you got Timmy Tea Party coming back next year, either way, a goalie upgrade would make a difference.

    • letsgopens8771 - May 12, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      Timmy Tea Party… LOVE THAT!

  40. letsgopens8771 - May 12, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    I think MAF should at least play game one. He’s been doing well against Ottawa this season. If he doesn’t to well, put in Vokoun. They both have wins vs. Ottawa this season. Pens need to play better against this defense-first gritty Senators team. I have confidence that they will step it up. What worried me last night is when the Islanders started trapping the neutral zone and using the Left Wing Lock, when the Pens couldn’t play against it. I want to see Bylsma use some different coaching strategies. Get ready for another great series!

    GO PENS!!!

  41. dtownbeatdown - May 12, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    I think the Isles will end up being the toughest team for the Pens. I do not like the Pens, but their skill set is ridiculously good. Seems the Isles always play them tough, but I just can’t see another team giving them as hard of a time. The Islanders were ranked 8th seed but in know way have they been playing like an 8th seed for the past month+, so got to give them credit, they are doing good things over there. I see Pens taking out Sens in 5 games. Hopefully I am wrong and it turns out to be another great playoff series as majority of them have been this year, which has been awesome for hockey fans to watch after this lockout this year.

    Well that being said.

    LETS GO RED WINGS!

  42. girouxed - May 12, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Lol sens aren’t going to win this

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