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Penguins look ugly while ending Blue Jackets’ season

Apr 28, 2014, 9:51 PM EDT

Marc-Andre Fleury AP

The Pittsburgh Penguins advanced to the second round tonight, but they still have a lot to prove going forward. They had a 4-0 lead going into the third period and once again the Penguins weren’t able to play sound defensively with the lead.

Ultimately the clock was their friend as the Blue Jackets still lost 4-3.

With the exception of Game 5, even when the Penguins did win in this series, it was by overwhelming Columbus offensively and that’s a strategy that will be difficult to pull off in the later rounds against more experienced and loaded teams.

Fleury took a lot of heat for his collapse in Game 4 and questions remain about his future in Pittsburgh after years of being solid in the regular season and less than satisfactory in the playoffs.

In the end, it was Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin that was the hero tonight. He ended his career-worst nine playoff game scoring drought with style by posting a hat trick.

Brandon Sutter accounted for the Penguins’ other goal, but he was also hurt during the contest. So was Penguins forward Joe Vitale due to a knee-on-knee collision with Blake Comeau.

Given how the Penguins played while missing them for a large chunk of the third period, it would be very troubling if either of those injuries proved to be significant.

At the end of the day though, Pittsburgh did prevail. The team still has a chance to silence the critics and its goal of winning the Stanley Cup is still alive.

118 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. killerpgh - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    They don’t ask how. They just ask how many. 1 series down. 3 more to go to claim the ultimate prize.

    • apkyletexas - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      I’m a Pens fan, and I’ll tell you, this team playing like this is going nowhere.

      • bmscalise - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Relax – down to 10 forwards, including two penalty killers. Just trying to get through a game that looked like a blowout without anybody else getting hurt.

        It’s also worth bearing in mind that two of those 3 goals were special teams. In fact, more than half of the jackets goals were special teams goals – 8 EV; 7 PP; 3 SH. The Pens actually played well defensively 5 on 5.

        The Pens PP needs to stop screwing around with the puck and actually attempt to score when they have a lead. And they need to get their crap together on the PK. They changed their PK strategy midway through the season. They deliberately allow a fricking opposition player to park his behind in front of Flower and work on stopping cross-ice passes. It’s killed their PK.

        If the Pens’ special teams had been anywhere close to acceptable, this is the 4 or 5 game series everybody expected. And improving the PP and PK is doable, given that these have always been this team’s strength.

      • hockey412 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:07 AM

        I have been a huge critic of the Pens this entire series – and I may be crazy, but I was ok with the game. I certainly didn’t think they looked “ugly”. Lots of things I didn’t like – the inability to clear the front of the net when Fleury is screened, the meltdown on D by the forwards, Crosby only taking one shot the entire game, the shots going to 16, to 7, to 5 as the periods went on (I do NOT agree with the defensive ‘shell’ strategy by a team that struggles defensively)….

        But all in all it wasn’t a bad game. They were making smarter decisions, working much better together, Fleury played just fine when they didn’t abandon him.

      • pens87 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        There have been moments. They will stand their ground against and have a great series with any team in this league if they play the way they did in the first two period last night. That was good hockey from them. They battled, won the puck battles, and most importantly played pretty lights out in front of Fleury. If they want to go far in these playoffs that is the type of game they are going to have to bring every night, for three periods. If they think they “have the game in the bag” and decide to take a period off from that mentality…well you end up with the third last night and game 4. It’s the playoffs. No lead is safe. You need to stay hungry, and I agree that overall this series they did not look very hungry.

        Hoping that Rangers/Flyers go to game 7 just so they can use the extra time to get healthy. Losing Joe V and Sutter who have been two guys who seemed to bring the hunger every night would hurt a lot going forward.

    • lowenni - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      That isn’t true. In the playoffs, they do ask how. The Pens barely beat the Jackets and as a Pens fan you should be worried. You are like some of the Pens players–you think the Cup will just be handed to you. If you think you can just go through each series with a “they don’t ask how” excuse, well then enjoy playing Boston, New york, Montreal, or Boston..all who have better rosters than the Jackets. As a hockey fan and someone who forms opinions I can definitely say, I do ask “how”.

      • bsfan77 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        Buckle up baby, it the playoffs…lol. Do we need catch phrases in the playoffs? Teams and fans shouldn’t have a win is a win attitude.

      • mangoman1966 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        After getting eliminated the last three years do you really think that the pens expect to have the cup handed to them. Look at the big.picture. are you delushional.

      • lowenni - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:47 PM

        I’m not saying this with no basis. This has been something thought by many for a while and was evidenced when Blysma said the Pens weren’t putting in enough effort the other game. Here is a Pittsburgh columnist agreeing:

        http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2014/04/20/pittsburgh-columnist-penguins-narcissism-arrogance-led-to-game-2-defeat/

        I’m not saying the Pens don’t have drive or totally expect the Cup to be handed to them, but a “who cares how” attitude is not what wins Cups, it’s what leads to choking against Philadelphia, choking against Boston, and almost losing to the Islanders and Blue Jackets in opening rounds.

      • killerpgh - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:50 PM

        That isn’t true. In the playoffs, they do ask how. The Pens barely beat the Jackets and as a Pens fan you should be worried. You are like some of the Pens players–you think the Cup will just be handed to you. If you think you can just go through each series with a “they don’t ask how” excuse, well then enjoy playing Boston, New york, Montreal, or Boston..all who have better rosters than the Jackets. As a hockey fan and someone who forms opinions I can definitely say, I do ask “how”.

        So than did you write the Bruins off last year after their 1st round 7 game series that finished in OT after leading then series 3-1 against the Maple Leafs? Or the Blackhawks that took OT in game 7 the second round against the Red Wings last year? Winning your series is all that matter. No matter how or how many games. If you win your series you still have a chance.

      • plazzman - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:30 AM

        Really? Do you honestly believe that IF the Sharks beat the Kings in Game 7 to advance that anyone will care that they were up 3-0, but won the series 4-3? Do you honestly believe that Montreal’s sweep of a team without their #1 goalie will make a lick of a difference heading into Round 2 against the Bruins? A win is a win is a win…period! The Penguins are on to Round 2, something 8 teams will NOT be saying in a couple days.

      • stixzidinia - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        Please. The Pens absolutely dominated the Jackets in games 5 and 6. It wasn’t until the Pens lost two of its four centers that the game turned last night. Boston didn’t look very dominant against a team like Toronto last year did they? But as it turns out that isn’t what people remember now is it.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      How Team A plays against Team B in a series becomes irrelevant in the next round when Team C is the opponent, because Team C has different players, a different style, strengths and weaknesses.

  2. whammy71 - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Cream rises to the top! Way to go Geno! 1 down….3 to go!!!

    Now hoping Rags/Cryes goes to 3OTs in games 6 and 7!

    Stamp it and take it to the bank!

    • bsfan77 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Take it to the bank? Not playing that way! 1 down and 3 to go is what Crosby says when he is down on Malkin.

      • toiletclown - Apr 29, 2014 at 6:23 AM

        Who else is sick and tired of hearing Boston Strong?

      • edzo82270 - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:45 AM

        “Who else is sick and tired of hearing Boston Strong?”

        Hey Clown, have you read Boston Strong shouted by B’s fan’s on these pages? Does NBC slather it all over Bruins broadcasts? No and no. No one in their right mind would do that. It was a rally cry during perhaps the worst day in the city’s history, yet you say you’re sick of hearing it? The banter back and forth between fans is to be expected along with the locker room humor and the like. You however bring up a reference to a dark day and tell the world you’re sick of it? Think about it the next time you walk without putting your legs on first.

    • kaptaanamerica - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      I’ve said it for awhile. The best player on that team is Malkin. He got them to the finals along with Hossa before they won it the next year when Malkin basically took the team on his back when Crosby could barely play and didn’t do squat in the finals against the Wings.

      They should trade Crosby to Vancouver for Kesler with a pick thrown in (Canucks 1st next season) for good measure.

      • mordock57 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        Maybe the dumbest thing I’ve ever read.

      • 19to77 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:40 PM

        Hahahaha yeah sure and while we’re at it the Caps should deal Ovechkin to the Panthers for Luongo too. Screw it, why not? Seriously, that’s one of the stupidest things I’ve ever read on this site, and that’s counting joey and blomfeld.

      • kaptaanamerica - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:56 PM

        lols, I knew the crosby trade scenario would get some pens fans back up… it’s about as ridiculous as what Shero was offering to MG earlier this year… a bunch of useless picks and a 3rd line center for Kesler at the trade deadline…

      • stixzidinia - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        You have no idea what you’re talking about. Crosby had only 5 fewer points than Malkin in the 09 playoffs, but scored more goals. Crosby was also MUCH better on faceoffs and took almost 40 FEWER minutes in penalties than Malkin in those playoffs. Mike Babcock openly stated his defensive strategy was to stop Crosby, not Malkin. So, naturally, Malkin had more space and better matchups with all Detroit’s best players shadowing Crosby. I don’t remember Malkin even being noticeable in the Washington series. It was Crosby trading goals with Ovechkin every step of the way, not Malkin.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      Keep dreaming. You’ll piss yourself if you have to face the Flyers.

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:24 AM

        who?

      • toiletclown - Apr 29, 2014 at 6:23 AM

        1975 loser

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:44 AM

        2 goals…2013…FLUSH

      • whammy87 - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        hey

        May 27th, 1975

        FOREVER

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        2 goals 2013…WHAMMY!!!

      • stixzidinia - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:59 AM

        Nope, not this time. The Pens are now skating away from all the attempts to get them off their game. And that’s the only way Philly’s been able to win. Philly can’t beat anybody playing straight up hockey. So……IF you manage to find a way past NYR then expect to see the Pens on the powerplay much of the series because they won’t be getting sucked into taking retaliatory penalties like last time. They’ve learned their lesson, finally.

        But it’s always cute to see Philly Fan running his mouth when his team hasn’t done anything since the Gerald Ford administration. Your case of trophy envy when it comes to Pittsburgh is hilarious. And we LOVE lording it over you. And we always will, because Pittsburgh will AWAYS have a much fuller trophy case than Philly ever will. You’re the red-headed stepchild of Pennsylvania.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        Settle down Francis. You’ve got one more cup than Philly.

    • laxman1944 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      Edz……Sir…….You can not reason with one whose main diet is eating poo.

      Just

      FLUSH

      and it will go away

  3. buckeye044 - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    one team on the come, one thinking they are entitled.
    That works against a young Columbus team and maybe against the Rangers, but not Boston.

    • mangoman1966 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      Pens have been to the mountain top. One good year doesn’t mean jacketss will be there next year. Does getting 109 points entitle pens to the playoffs. Hell yeah it does.

    • chanceoffleury - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      Oh, just focus on the Habs. Boston will have their hands plenty full with Price, and the Pens likewise with Lundqvist or Mason. No need to look past next week right now.

    • hockey412 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      There may be more idiotic comments on this one article than any other two combined. I’m amazed.

      Congrats to the Pens, and hell Congrats to Columbus, that was a great series. I think they would have given any team a run for their money, the way they played.

  4. pensman29 - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Fleury played fine, certainly didn’t look weaker

    • lowenni - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      Agreed. He got a lot of flack for the Game 4 fiasco but besides that he’s been very solid. Maybe the Pens best player this series. Pens should feel very comfortable with him in net.

  5. deezenucks - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Kinda hard on fleury there, I thought he bounced back well in game 5 which could have been a career ender. Those goals in the third weren’t on him. Hopefully the habs can take out the bruins!

    • chanceoffleury - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:44 AM

      Yeah, the shorthanders are becoming a serious concern, no use going on the powerplay if the other team is going to convert on it once a game. And the third goal was 100% on Neal playing out of position and then just assuming somebody would go cover for him. Bad, bad defensive lapse on his part.

  6. bsfan77 - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Live it up Penns fans, you wont go far playing like that! Sit back and try to glide to a win in the 3rd.

    • killerpgh - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      A Bruins fans should know.

      2 goals in 17 seconds…….

      • 6superbowls - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        Double thumbs up Killerpgh. Best comment I’ve read in weeks.

      • bsfan77 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        That was after we absolutely man handled and dominated yinz. Completely different team this year. Fingers crossed that we face each other again.

      • thesportsjudge - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        Like the 2 goals Pittsburgh scored in 4 GAMES versus Boston last June?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:28 AM

        A Pens fan should know.

        2 goals in 4 games.

      • chanceoffleury - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:51 AM

        @broadstreetbeatdown triple bogey.

        Cause ya know…….ya have to *get* to the playoffs, and then through the first round, and then through the second round, before you can even get a chance to collapse in the conference finals. 2 goals in 4 games is still better than 0 goals in 0 games. Just worry about the Rangers right now.

  7. cheesesteak75 - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Having two of your best PK men out doesn’t help. Hope Sutter and Vitale get back real soon.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      Here come the excuses. Beach Ball Fleury was at his finest again. Letting in 3 goals within 4 minutes.

      • miketoasty - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:20 AM

        You don’t understand true hockey if you think that ending was on Fleury. 100% not his fault. Guy was a stud for 95% of the series and without a bad bounce that number could easily also be 100…

      • toiletclown - Apr 29, 2014 at 6:25 AM

        Cant wait until the Rangers destroy Philthy tonight. What an over achieving scum bucket team.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:45 AM

        McFleury is eating his wheaties and saying his prayers he doesn’t have to face the Flyers and get embarrassed again….FLUSH

      • hockey412 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:19 AM

        Excuses for what, idiot? For a win?

        I have a hard time digesting all the trolling on this article – normally I’m fine with the concept, but after a 4-2 series win? I’ll be very honest with you here, I think Columbus would have swept the Flyers, the way they were playing. Philly won 1 out of 4 games (and that one was VERY close) against Columbus this year.

        So just send us a ‘thank you for handling them for us, in the event we proceed’ message, because the Flyers certainly could not have. Your team is facing elimination tonight, there’s got to be more on your mind than the Pens……

        ….or maybe not.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        Thanks for making my point dumba$$. Excuses keep on rolling from you. Columbus would have done this and that to Philly blah, blah blah, you sound like a little girl.
        Why don’t you be a true fan and hope that Philly wins the series to face your beloved Pens? I don’t like your team, but I wanted them to beat CBJ, not because we wouldn’t have to play them, but because I love to see Philly and Pitt playoff hockey. Two teams that bring out the best and worst in each other.
        Now let’s address the elephant in the room, we know the real reason you don’t want the Flyers to win. They have owned the Pens for quite some time now.

      • hockey412 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM

        I didn’t say I didn’t want the Flyers to win you ignorant twit.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        Oh, so now you’re the Flyers biggest cheerleader? Please stop dude. You’re making yourself look like a bigger clown than we already know you are.

      • hockey412 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        Right…right….not saying I don’t want the Flyers to win must mean I’m their biggest cheerleader…that makes perfect sense, as always.

        By “we” I’m assuming you mean you and the other voices inside your head, which no doubt egg on your unbelievably idiotic statements. I noticed you don’t actually comment on Flyer articles…only Pens.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        Here. let me explain it to you since logic is not your forte.

        hockey412 said “I didn’t say I didn’t want the Flyers to win you ignorant twit.”

        Thereby implying that he secretly is rooting for the Flyers to win in order to face the Pens in the second round, Therefore, making him a closeted cheerleader for the Flyers. Did you eat too many paint chips as a child, or just severely beaten around the head and neck area?

        Unlike the constant Flyers trolling that we are all accustomed to from you and your ilk (the “we” includes the voices in my head). I really only comment on Pens articles during the post season, but lets not allow facts to get in the way of your online buffoonery.

        Congrats bud, you win the “internets” today.

      • hockey412 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        I’d keep arguing but I’m afraid of catching your stupid.

        Not saying that I didn’t want the Flyers to win does NOT imply that I want them to win.

        That blow your mind? Or was it blown to begin with? Once the whispering in your head stops, think about it.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        All kidding aside, you have to be the dumbest rock in the whole pile. Amusing, but not very bright. While trying to seem cerebral you’re coming off as either a total toolbox or just a backpedaler.

      • hockey412 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:08 AM

        Please tell me where you went wrong here – here’s the sequence:

        Me: How are you trolling the Pens after a 4-2 series win vs. a team Philly themselves has struggled with?

        You: The REAL reason you don’t want the Flyers to win is you’re afraid!

        Me: I didn’t say I don’t want the Flyers to win.

        You: So you’re their biggest cheerleader now?

        Me: No, I’m not, I didn’t say I don’t want them to win, didn’t say I want them to win.

        So…where did you fall of the truck there? I heard you talking but it was clear you weren’t on board. If I ever get in over my head, I find it better to just stop talking for a minute and figure out where I am first….maybe you should do the same.

      • whammy87 - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:14 AM

        hey

        May 27th, 1975

        FOREVER

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        2 goals 2013…WHAMMY!!

      • c9castine - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        the excuses for what? winning?

      • mebailey700 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        Dude Broadstreet, why are you trolling a pens article? Focus on the game tonight because we need a win and the flyers are not looking that great right now.

  8. mordock57 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    This article was more than a bit biased in tone. Glaringly so. Especially the bit about Fleury. He played a great game. Columbus scored a couple quality goals on tight screens and one excellent deflection. Kudos to the Jackets playing with some desperation and ending their season on an exciting note for their fans. Boo to the writer of this piece who seemingly can’t tell the difference.

    • thesportsjudge - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      I forgot, Pens fans are not used to the bias being AGAINST their team on this site.

      • hockey412 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:20 AM

        Oh, believe me….yes we are.

      • c9castine - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        uhh, haha yes we are.

        first time here buddy or what?

  9. penguins87and71 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    At this point of the year I don’t care how they win, as long as they win. As for the Blue Jackets, I give them tons of credit, they fought to the very end, they are one hell of a hockey team, and they have bright future ahead of them. As for Boston, that’s a long time away, there is still another series to be won.

    • buckeye044 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      gonna quit on them next series too?

      • bsfan77 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        Exactly! All the crying I heard last week on here from Penns fans writing their team off. They had the coaching staff fired already. Especially Mr. Pink Hat himself penguins87and71

      • mangoman1966 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        Put on you’re osu Jersey. Your season is over. Get on outta here. You done

    • mangoman1966 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      I seriously doubt that Boston is even going to beat Montreal. Therrien hot those boys playing great hockey. I see an upset. Book it

      • toiletclown - Apr 29, 2014 at 6:26 AM

        Stamp it. Bruins lose in 7

      • whammy71 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        and you can take that one to the bank!!!

  10. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    In my opinion Fleury played fine throughout the series aside from the last 2 minutes of Game 4. I didn’t see the 3 Columbus goals as I was driving home from work so I can’t really say it was his fault. If anything it seems like some defensive letdowns late. Hopefully Sutter isn’t hurt too bad. I’m glad that Malkin had a big game. Columbus has a bright future and hopefully this builds their fanbase. Bring on Round 2! Let’s Go Pens!!

  11. penguins87and71 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Excluding the 3rd period of this game the Penguins have played the two best games I have seen from them in a long time, if they can play like they played tonight in the first two periods, the Penguins will go far. As for giving up 3 goals, the Penguins were down Sutter and Vitale, they were basically playing with two lines.

  12. Tyler - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Massive props to the Columbus Blue Jackets, their fans, and in particular Brandon Dubinsky and Jack Johnson. They pushed the Penguins to the brink and in my opinion, out hustled and out worked them for a large portion of this series. The third period without Sutter and Vitale was very telling how valuable they are to the Penguins. Great series to watch.

  13. blomfeld - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Bottom Line: Crosby and crew are nothing more than paper-mache ‘poster boys’ for that which Canada craves but unfortunately will likely ‘never’ get for years to come … sorry, but that’s the ‘deal’ here man …

    • kaptaanamerica - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      I don’t think Canada craves a poster boy like Crosby… the NHL basically is force feeding this guy onto the public. They won’t pump up a guy like Bergeron or anyone from Quebec like St. Louis from last season (leading scorer), etc… or anyone from Europe. Even when Lemieux was there they weren’t pumping his tires like they did Gretzky. Have to have an Anglo who is the next one all the time… as the poster boy.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        I don’t think it’s the NHL as much as the media, the way TSN, Sportsnet and CBC fawn over everything Crosby is pathetic. They will never be critical of him and will never admit when he’s struggling or playing bad. Two examples, the first: his struggles at the last two Olympics (outside of a decent gold medal game this year) was blamed entirely on his line mates not being able to play with him. The second example is from CBC tonight, in the intermission after Malkin scored 2 they said this was just an example of Malkin and Crosby firing on all cylinders…how so? The Crosby assist wasn’t a one timer, and wasn’t an example of Crosby making a great play to set someone up, he literally passed to the open man, Malkin then settled the puck, picked his target and fired. Crosby did his part on the play but let’s not make it out like he’s carrying the team on his back based on that.

      • mordock57 - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:43 AM

        I get that you hate not having Crosby on your team… but you sure do whine a lot about him for someone you supposedly don’t care about. Remind me again who dominated the scoring title race this year? Oh, right. Dominated it last year, too, until his jaw was shattered. Only took the rest of the league about 15 games to catch up after that. By all means though…. Keep whining.

      • c9castine - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        why do you always make things about crosby and how you think hes inferior to his reputation?

        that stuff gets as old to me and fans as im sure him being trumpeted in front of everybody by the media gets to you, im sure. realize that.

        crosby doesnt sell himself. hes a very private guy. he does minimal endorsements for such a visible athlete. i get tired of hearing it to but its not his fault, he never chose this. he just wanted to be a great hockey player and this is how things turned out. not bad eh?

        i doubt bergeron could handle this kind of spotlight. i doubt a lot of guys could…they just havent been exposed to it and trained for it since they were like 12. crosby speaks after every game, huge win or huge loss. and he gets swarmed every where he goes. never turns anybody down for anything. crosby has never ever made a mistake with the media and said the wrong thing. it just doesnt happen, wether it be for representing the league, his team, his family or himself.

        of course the league is going to jump on that sort of professionalism combined with the fact that he is in most peoples minds besides yours the best player in the world. thats an invaluable asset to them. look at how much the league has thrived and grown financially since he came onto the scene – trust me it is no coincidence. his role is not nearly as significant now but for the first few year he was vital to the leagues image and popularity. no way patrice bergeron and his mid level scoring and great two way play can be that kind of flagship. st. louis is great but hes in his late 30s and played for a Florida team. doesnt make sense.

        you should really forget about it and move on with your life.

      • kaptaanamerica - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        I’ll admit I keep harping on the Crosby “isn’t as good as his reputation” angle. It’s only because how much I hate the fanboy fawning of the idiot media in Canada over Crosby. Atwater… is right about that.
        @mordock
        @c9…

        so does that explain it more clearly for you why the constant negativity for crosby? fyi, i don’t like media fawning over any athlete in any sport. I’d rather they stick to the facts and not over hype some guy. ie: LeBron/ Kobe aren’t greater than Jordan yet that’s what the media would have you believe.

    • mangoman1966 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      Blomfield. Your playoff party with the kings ends tonight. Time to latch on with your pro football. Oh I forgot. La doesn’t have profootball lol

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:12 PM

        That’s true, the USC players haven’t been paid like professionals since Pete Carrol left..

      • drewzducks - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:39 AM

        Nice call Nostradumbass.

  14. bmscalise - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Columbus started to play dirty down 4-0. Two Pens went down (ironically not actually dirty plays), and the rest of the team looked like they were just hoping to get out of the game without getting hurt. I can’t say I’m thrilled with the ending, especially given this team’s history, but it is at least worth acknowledging that they were down to 10 forwards, had a significant lead, and up against a team with nothing to lose in their building. I think it is more significant that this team went 5 periods without giving up a goal when they played the right way. It’s an absolute fact that this team 1) plays to its competition and 2) protects small leads better than big ones.

    Can’t say I’m wildly optimistic against Philly or NYR – particularly since you know its going to be multiple weeks for Sutter, given this team’s injury luck. But I realistically expected this to be a 2nd or maybe 3rd round team. I won’t be upset when that’s what they end up.

    • buckeye044 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      Yeah, Columbus played dirty. Comeau stuck his knee out with the intent to hurt Vitale.

      • way2slic - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:30 PM

        You are kidding about that right? You can just scroll up and look at the picture of the hit and you see whose leg is stuck out.

      • bmscalise - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:31 PM

        I thought that play was incidental (or accidental) by both players (I’m assuming given your user name that was sarcastic?). I was talking about Dubinsky sending Kunitz skates-first into the boards, Wiz punching Bennett in the face while he’s got him in a hold. And a bunch of other dirty little crap. ‘

        Nothing but Dubinsky on Kunitz was particularly bad – too far out of the normal range of playoff dirty. But it absolutely looked like it was going to escalate, given the score. And I don’t doubt that’s what the Pens thought too. It happens too often when the losing team is down by that much.

      • hockey412 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:25 AM

        There was a lot that should have been called, and you can’t really blame Columbus, I’d have been frustrated too – but still. Keep it together. Glad to see the Pens didn’t take part in it – you could tell they wanted to. Wisniewski is a liability though.

      • djigel - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        From Below – go back and watch the Pens in Game 5 – high sticks, late hits, etc etc. The series was physical and the Pens matched it where they could. When the Blue Jackets out hit them, the Pens outshot them…. hits don’t equal goals. But to say Columbus is “dirty” is wrong… the Pens did every bit as much in the series. It’s Hockey.

  15. speedstickmusk - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Dadoun is a putz… Fleury looked weaker? MVP of the series considering the play around him.

  16. johnnyd76 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    CBJ played a great series and are definitely up and comers for several years to come – Great Job CBJ (and that’s from a PENS fan).

    As far as the PENS play in this game – they have long moments of sheer greatness followed by short periods of barely-managed CHAOS. I am happy they won but stress their play must be more consistent in the next round. This team has a bad habit of sitting back on leads – hopefully they have learned a lesson from this first round. It will serve them well if they did.

  17. numbcracker2109 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    I love Pens fans, not only completely content with that tremendous performance, managing to rip other teams for losing in the playoffs after BEATING THEM. Just the best.

    I know if I was a Pens fan I’d be SUPER PSYCHED!

    • miketoasty - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:25 AM

      Show me one Pens fan here who is content with that effort. That was garbage coming down the stretch and without the enormous lead they started with this series goes 7 and I don’t think they win it. If anything, we’re just happy to be out of that series without blowing it.

  18. c9castine - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    wow. win a game and a series in 6 and this is the tone f the conversation??

    what a waste of breath.

    4-2 pens. on to the next series.

  19. numbcracker2109 - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Oh, and now the Pens almost lost because they “didn’t want to get hurt”? Is this the real world? What planet is this?

    They won, but they looked AWFUL. It’s ok to admit that.

    • mordock57 - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:45 AM

      Yep, they looked horrible as they took a 4-0 lead and utterly dominated the first 50 minutes. That sure was awful to watch…

  20. bobhpine - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    I realize the writing on prohockeytalk isn’t exactly Pulitzer Prize level, but this particular article is almost comical. The Pens won ugly, yet dominated, yet have a lot to prove. Ok then. I guess most teams that win a series don’t have a lot to prove by virtue of the fact that they’ve won a series.

    The fact is, but for a bounce over Fleury’s stick, this series would’ve been 4-1. Look at the shot totals and shots attempted. But for one game, it was all Penguins. They had the puck the entire series. This series was no gem, but ugly? I guess a game 7 OT clincher would’ve been prettier, but I bet the Pens are fine with 6.

    • c9castine - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      well said thank you.

      last i checked winning games 1, 3, 5 and 6 and taking a 4-0 stranglehold early in game 6 is being in control pretty much the whole time.

      like you said, wild bounce with 22 seconds left in a game where they hadnt gotten a shot in like 13 minutes, and this series could have been over early. of course columbus was going to give us everything at the end. still wasnt enough they had 6 minutes to score a goal to tie it and couldnt, its not like they only had 30 seconds or a minute.

      most of the people commenting on here are hypocrites. the ducks went up 2-0, let dallas tie it, won a game then got down in game 6 before they forced OT to win the series. they had less control than we did against a team that is arguably not as good as columbus. they have a plethora of talent too, some people say getzlaf and perry are better than sid and malkin. NO talk about the ducks and their “awful” play.

  21. bobhpine - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Hey broadstreetbuttboy, can you believe the Rangers always beat your crap team?

    I bet you do actually. YOU MUST BE USED TO DISAPPOINTMENT.

    1975.

    • laxman1944 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      You and “Toilet” have got to get together……it’ll be pure magic.

  22. wishingtonredslur - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Penguins always look ugly, Stephen Hawking hand drew their uniforms.

  23. President Charles Logan - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    least the one expected pennsylvania team advanced to to the next round.. as predicted. the other one (wait who are they again?? i almost forgot) will probably force a game 7 tomorrow but get blown out back at MSG weds night

    • laxman1944 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      Quite the classy d-bag aren’t we………..

  24. steelhammer92 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Hopefully they don’t lose both Sutter and Vitale, although Vitale’s injury looked very serious. But they will have Gibbons coming back, and he was playing quite well prior to getting hurt. Story of the season. As soon as one guy gets healthy, another one or two goes down.

  25. Hockeyfan - Apr 29, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    Look this was an ugly series for the Pens. They were outplayed , back on their heels many times through this series. The 1st period last night showed what they are capable of and the 3rd shows their Achilles heel. Look that word up Philly fans since your lack of education is evident in your posts.

    Sending out the two-headed monster, though actually should now be the 3 headed monster since Kunitz is a scoring threat, made the difference along with the D moving the puck quicker in the defensive zone. Anyone who thinks Crosby was not a factor because he didn’t have a goal lacks hockey sense. Crosby’s best? No, but still effective
    Congrats to CBJ for a great series.

    Go Rangers.

  26. pdmjr - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Columbus was never going to win this series, to big and too slow and a poor goaltender

    • kastout11 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      I am getting older and my memory is not what it once was, but I am certain that the Jackets starting goaltender, Sergei Bobrovsky was awarded the Vezina Trophy last season, awarded to the best goaltender in the NHL. Although, he was definitely not sharp in this season. I thought he would be the reason the Jackets had a chance to win this series.

      • dirt2013 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        You thought wrong.BOB has never been all that against the Pens.

  27. kastout11 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    The Penguins barely got by the youngest team in the NHL, who made the playoffs as a wildcard, and were without argubaly their best player (Nathan Horton). The Jackets are a scrappy club and they would not quit, and I give the Penguins credit for winning the series, but they are not the Rangers or Flyers. If the Penguins play like they did in the Jackets series, they will be beaten soundly by Philly or New York. Although, I am a huge Flyers fan, I cannot say with confidence, they will win ther series against the Rangers, but it is the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Game 6 in Philly and if/when they win, anything can happen in game 7, even though it will be at MSG.

    • c9castine - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      flyers fans are a bit delusional about their team. flyers are a disorganized bunch who play very loosely in all 3 zones and have sporadic goaltending. they have been bad all series except 1 game.

      rangers are a quality opponent but columbus’s best player is not horton. id go ahead and say johansen the 33 goal scorer, dubinsky and johnson are much more valuable to them. they arent just scrappy. the islanders were scrappy. columbus is big, tough, well coached, really good goaltending, big players on the back end and a great shutdown player in dubinsky. islanders and a lot of other young wild card teams have none of that.

      i know your nervous and hoping the flyers are going to win but this isnt going to make you feel any better. well talk to you next year man. good season.

  28. numbcracker2109 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    A huge reason the Pens won is Bobrovsky. He is one of the more overrated net minders in the league. Fleury may be prone to meltdowns, but at least he knows to take the shooter on a 2 on 1, that gwg Malkin scored was terrible, a goalie shouldn’t get beat short side in that spot, challenge the shooter and make him either thread a pass or cut down his angle , not sink into the middle of the net.

    And there is a huge difference between the Bruins beating Toronto last year and this series, and if that has to be actually described in words then wow. You get a little more lift coming back from 4-1 in a game 7 to a division rival than squeaking by CBJ after having a 4-0 lead.

    • c9castine - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      yeah that 50 save game bob had what a terrible performance.

      what does boston in the 1st round playoffs last year have to do with this?

      • numbcracker2109 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        Others brought it up in relation to last nights pens win, not me. Look farther up the comments.

        And I don’t hate Bobrovsky, I just think he’s overrated is all.

  29. laxman1944 - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Amazing zealots, Pitt survives the FIRST round enjoy…….you’re on a collision cousre with The Big Bad Bruins. Have fun with that one as they put your a$$es through the boards.

    oh yeah: 1975……Girwho……suck a$$ fanbase…..scum bag town…..and of course they’ll be on the golf course…..

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