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Fire Haley
04-29-2013, 10:59 AM
Lord Stanley, Lord Stanley, bring me the brandy!

Go Pens!

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1 NYI @ PIT Wed May 1, 7:30pm

2 NYI @ PIT Fri May 3, 7pm

3 PIT @ NYI Sun May 5, Noon

4 PIT @ NYI Tues May 7, 7pm

Fire Haley
04-29-2013, 11:13 AM
PIT not likely to know til tomorrow afternoon if Crosby will be medically cleared to play Wed vs NYI. That's when he's to see the doctor.

https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/328882891025170434

sluggermatt15
04-29-2013, 12:10 PM
The way the team played, offensively, against Carolina, I would say let him rest until he is 100% ready. Neal was on fire, Malkin played great too. I think we have enough offense to beat the Isles, or at least take a lead in the series to consider a return for Sid.

The concern I have is defense. Sid is a part of the Penguins defense by serving as a reliable face-off catalyst. He also plays a little bit on the PK - our PK finished near the bottom of the league. His return will be great, but I just hope the D can hold it down against Taveras and Co.

Fire Haley
04-29-2013, 12:18 PM
Like I said before, play smart and disciplined, don't force things and none of that pond hockey crap and they should wear them down quick.

I wonder if Dan has the balls to play Vokoun - he owned the Isles. I'd pull Fleury quick if he looks like he's at all shaky early.

stb_steeler
04-29-2013, 12:58 PM
if the Pens play with the speed they demonstrated like they had Saturday, the Isles are in trouble........

steelax04
04-29-2013, 02:02 PM
Wasn't my thread good enough for you Killer? :chuckle:

Not sure what the Over/Under looks like. I'm saying they blow it up early with 4 and Fleury keeps them under wraps only letting 1 in.

What do you guys got?

Fire Haley
04-29-2013, 04:17 PM
and now we getting bumped for viewing by some stupid fucking basketball shit

how many fucking sub-forums are there?

Penguins hockey deserves it own forum...period

Fire Haley
04-29-2013, 04:22 PM
Wasn't my thread good enough for you Killer? :chuckle:



my old one was the only one being used since hockey started this year - so I decided it's time for a new one for the playoffs

oh, now I saw - you didn't say it was fucking Hockey playoffs - I thought it was that basketball shit again - didn't even look

The_Joker
04-29-2013, 04:38 PM
Good luck, win a cup for Jerome!

Fire Haley
04-29-2013, 05:21 PM
you mean Jarome?

you're not from Canada, are ya

steelax04
04-29-2013, 05:50 PM
my old one was the only one being used since hockey started this year - so I decided it's time for a new one for the playoffs

oh, now I saw - you didn't say it was fucking Hockey playoffs - I thought it was that basketball shit again - didn't even look

Well, it is in the Pittsburgh Penguins sub-forum, so I thought the "Hockey" part was a given... I guess you're going off the main Sports Dimension forum listing and what the "Last Post" is?

We should petition for a Pens forum higher up the food chain and not buried two levels deep in the Sports Dimension.

steelax04
04-29-2013, 05:56 PM
Vote away... our voice will be heard! Damn socialist Obamamods :chuckle:

http://forums.steelersfever.com/showthread.php?t=97978

Fire Haley
04-29-2013, 08:25 PM
bumping for true hockey fans

Fire Haley
04-29-2013, 08:31 PM
fuck basketball



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SteelCityMom
04-29-2013, 08:55 PM
I'm definitely ready to go!

I seem to be the only one (that I know of) that is not happy to see the Islanders though. Bad, bad memories. Last time the Islanders won a playoff series was the year that shall not be named. Just would have rather seen Ottawa, but oh well.

Ok, negative thoughts aside...only thing I'm really ticked about is that I have to wait another day!

OYW1RTsLkjw

Fire Haley
04-29-2013, 09:07 PM
Vote away... our voice will be heard!

Preach it!

we shall overcome!!!

Fire Haley
04-29-2013, 09:20 PM
only thing I'm really ticked about is that I have to wait another day!


2 days - Pens play Wed.


I hate waiting!

SteelCityMom
04-29-2013, 09:24 PM
2 days - Pens play Wed.


I hate waiting!

Sonofabitch!

All day I've been thinking it's Tuesday. :doh:

Fire Haley
04-29-2013, 09:28 PM
You should read my threads and my threads only, if you want the latest news

see that schedule I posted way up there?

yeah - post #1 says it all.....although we keep getting bumped into the dungeon by all that baseball and basketball garbage, so I can understand if you missed it

SteelCityMom
04-29-2013, 09:32 PM
Lol...I know the schedule, I just thought today was Tuesday.

Fire Haley
04-29-2013, 09:44 PM
Lol...I know the schedule, I just thought today was Tuesday.

well I still feel like it's Sunday - so we're even

Fire Haley
04-30-2013, 09:20 AM
Douglas Murray will eat your children!


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steelax04
04-30-2013, 10:21 AM
No head hunting... which is good to see. He could have killed some guys on those checks. Nice, clean body to body checks.

Fire Haley
04-30-2013, 11:02 AM
I'm not holding my breath on "the decision" on Sid today

there's a small part of me that says to keep him out for a few more games just so Disco Dan can't upset all the other lines

The noon game on Sunday with a national audience would be a good bet.

Imagine the hoopla then!

steelax04
04-30-2013, 11:33 AM
I'm not holding my breath on "the decision" on Sid today

there's a small part of me that says to keep him out for a few more games just so Disco Dan can't upset all the other lines

The noon game on Sunday with a national audience would be a good bet.

Imagine the hoopla then!

Do you think they keep him out until they see how Game 1 goes? Kind of a "well, we can handle these guys... rest him up a bit more."

Fire Haley
04-30-2013, 11:35 AM
we'll see

Crosby on the ice for #Penguins practice. No word on whether he had his checkup or the outcome

https://twitter.com/pgshelly/statuses/329255288014254083

stb_steeler
04-30-2013, 12:17 PM
I'm definitely ready to go!

I seem to be the only one (that I know of) that is not happy to see the Islanders though. Bad, bad memories. Last time the Islanders won a playoff series was the year that shall not be named. Just would have rather seen Ottawa, but oh well.

Ok, negative thoughts aside...only thing I'm really ticked about is that I have to wait another day!

OYW1RTsLkjw

Well if the Pens are that good, we should be able to beat em! It shouldnt matter who we play. :wink02:

Lady Steel
04-30-2013, 01:08 PM
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/417875_10152766063850066_1457426193_n.jpg


I have to work tomorrow, but will be watching as much as possible. Then I'm off for my long weekend. (insert Pens smiley here)

Why don't we have a Pens smiley? :frown:

SteelCityMom
04-30-2013, 01:13 PM
Well if the Pens are that good, we should be able to beat em! It shouldnt matter who we play. :wink02:

I know, I know. :chuckle:

And I think they will...I shouldn't even put those evil thoughts out there. They just need to shake off that bad Islanders mojo that the team has been carrying around for decades. I think they can do it this year!

Anybody planning on being at any of the games?

Fire Haley
04-30-2013, 01:26 PM
Why don't we have a Pens smiley?

I haven't see many good ones

http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Penguins/penguin-006.gif


http://www.sherv.net/cm/emoticons/penguins/pittsburgh-penguins-flag-smiley-emoticon.gif

Bayz101
04-30-2013, 01:28 PM
Alright.

Do ya'll want a Pittsburgh Penguins dedicated forum, or do you want penguins discussion in the sports dimension?

Fire Haley
04-30-2013, 01:34 PM
Yes!

a Pittsburgh Penguins dedicated forum


as far away from the dumpster of 'sports dimension' as possible

Bayz101
04-30-2013, 01:37 PM
Yes!

a Pittsburgh Penguins dedicated forum


as far away from the dumpster of 'sports dimension' as possible

Sounds good. Send me any Pens emoticons you want added as well. Preferably ones similar sizes and styles of our current set. Nothing too "extreme".

Fire Haley
04-30-2013, 01:39 PM
http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Penguins/penguin-006.gif

Bayz101
04-30-2013, 01:44 PM
http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Penguins/penguin-006.gif

Done. :drink:

:penguin:

Bayz101
04-30-2013, 02:01 PM
Also added:

:hockey2: :hockey: :stanley:

stb_steeler
04-30-2013, 02:06 PM
:hockey2: Does this resemble Murray? or is just me? lol:doh:

stb_steeler
04-30-2013, 02:07 PM
Alright.

Do ya'll want a Pittsburgh Penguins dedicated forum, or do you want penguins discussion in the sports dimension?

We want it all :hatsoff:

Fire Haley
04-30-2013, 02:11 PM
We want it all :hatsoff:



No, we want a Pittsburgh Penguins dedicated forum

Fire Haley
04-30-2013, 02:20 PM
Pittsburgh Penguins ‏@penguins38sNo updates from #Pens coach Bylsma. Game 1 lineup will be game-time decisions

Shelly Anderson ‏@pgshelly 19sCrosby on doc: "At the end of the day I have to make sure things are healed, and he's the one who knows that best." #Penguins





I guess that means no Sid

Fire Haley
04-30-2013, 02:50 PM
Crosby: "I'll wear a football helmet" if that would get him cleared to play. #Penguins

http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/3554/fleurytowelrh4.jpg

steelax04
04-30-2013, 03:00 PM
Crosby: "I'll wear a football helmet" if that would get him cleared to play. #Penguins

http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/3554/fleurytowelrh4.jpg

He should go Mark Kelso style.

Vis
04-30-2013, 06:07 PM
https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/315970_454939527921438_731898521_n.jpg

Fire Haley
04-30-2013, 08:24 PM
I kinda hope Sid sits another week, and we beat the Isles with our "B" team.



PRACTICE INFO
Brooks Orpik is the only Penguin missing from practice.

Lines and D-pairings are the same as yesterday...

Kunitz-Malkin-Neal
Dupuis-Jokinen-Iginla
Morrow-Sutter-Cooke
Glass-Adams-Kennedy (Bennett rotated in on the fourth line again)


Jeffrey-Crosby-Vitale (practice)

Eaton-Letang
Murray-Niskanen
Martin-Engelland
Despres-Bortuzzo


as before - Game 1 lineup will be game-time decisions

stb_steeler
04-30-2013, 08:35 PM
Dame it

Fire Haley
05-01-2013, 04:31 AM
Holy shiite Kings, way to blow a game.....on a 4 min PP and your goalie gives away a game in sudden death OT, shorthanded

I hope Fleury was watching Quick blow that game by trying to handle the puck behind the net. and looking like a complete fool. STAY IN THE NET! where you belong and don't try and play hero with the puck

Fire Haley
05-01-2013, 04:52 AM
How these Playoffs would look under next year's alignment

(points staying the same etc)
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1 Montreal vs 4 Detroit
2 Boston vs 3 Toronto
1 Pittsburgh vs 5 Ottawa
2 Washington vs 3 New York Rangers


East

NE+FL

Montreal
Boston
Toronto
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Detroit
Ottawa
Buffalo
Tampa Bay
Florida

ATL

Pittsburgh
Washington
New York Rangers
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New York Islanders
Columbus
Philadelphia
NJ
Carolina


Wildcard

Detroit
Ottawa
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NYI
Columbus

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West

1. Chicago vs 4. Winnipeg
2. St. Louis vs 3. Minnesota
1. Anaheim vs 4. San Jose
2. Los Angeles vs 3. Vancouver

Central

Chicago
St. Louis
Minnesota
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Winnipeg
Dallas
Nashville
Colorado

Pacific

Anaheim
Los Angeles
Vancouver
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San Jose
Phoenix
Edmonton
Calgary


Wild Card

San Jose
Winnipeg
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Phoenix
Dallas



confusing enough?

SteelCityMom
05-01-2013, 08:26 AM
Watched the Hawks/Wild game last night...it was pretty decent, better than I thought it would be.

I'm pulling for the Wild, so it sucked that they lost (close to 2OT). During the warmups Backstrom got injured which put Harding in net. He's only played 5 games this year, and was diagnosed with MS in the fall (he didn't play much b/c they were having issues with getting his medication right). It also raised an unusual question...who goes in net when both of your goalies are injured after your roster is already made out and fully dressed team is on the ice/bench? Answer: Pretty much anyone who's warm, available, and not signed to another team. That includes trainers, other players, coaches, fans, hot dog vendors, janitors, etc. etc. It was an interesting situation. I still have no clue who they got to sit on the bench. I either missed it or they didn't say.

For a backup who's barely played this year, and has never played in a playoff game, he did a great job. The game winner he was completely left out to dry. I really hope Backstrom is back soon and I'm pulling for them the rest of this series. I know they most likely won't make it to the SCF, but it would just be awesome to see Yeo and Co. kick the shit out of the Hawks.


Didn't get to see any of the Kings/Blues game...but I guess I'm rooting for the Blues. No specific reason really.


Can't wait for the game tonight! Let's Go Pens! :tt02:

SteelCityMom
05-01-2013, 08:30 AM
Oh, and the Ducks beat Detroit 3-1 last night...I'm pretty good with that too.

Fire Haley
05-01-2013, 10:18 AM
Blackhawks won because of all the sex they've been having

2AlU2RpM1TI

SteelersCanada
05-01-2013, 10:47 AM
Blues won last night so I'm pretty happy.

Fire Haley
05-01-2013, 11:14 AM
Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie - Crosby's status solely in hands of Dr., and X-ray. Issue is whether jaw bone sufficiently healed to withstand contact w/o breaking again

Crosby's shattered jaw put back together with metal screws/plates but strength of jaw to take hits depends on regeneration/healing of bone.
.


https://twitter.com/tsnbobmckenzie/status/329612117055524864


It never ceases to amaze me how Bob McKenzie and other Canadian reporters always seem to have more info than the local media

Fire Haley
05-01-2013, 11:27 AM
Fun facts: Beau Bennett on the season has 14 points in 26 games, and Kennedy has 11 in 46

stb_steeler
05-01-2013, 12:08 PM
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said he will not play in tonight’s Game 1 of the Pittsburgh’s first-round series against the New York Islanders.

Crosby saw the doctor on Tuesday. He worked on a fifth line in Wednesday’s morning skate and did not practice on the power play after working one-on-one with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar before team practice.

“I’m not in good (enough) of shape yet,” Crosby said. “Obviously not going to play tonight. Whenever I kind of take a regular morning skate, I’m sure that will be a pretty good sign I’m in.”

SteelCityMom
05-01-2013, 12:37 PM
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said he will not play in tonight’s Game 1 of the Pittsburgh’s first-round series against the New York Islanders.

Crosby saw the doctor on Tuesday. He worked on a fifth line in Wednesday’s morning skate and did not practice on the power play after working one-on-one with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar before team practice.

“I’m not in good (enough) of shape yet,” Crosby said. “Obviously not going to play tonight. Whenever I kind of take a regular morning skate, I’m sure that will be a pretty good sign I’m in.”

Yeah, basically what I expected to hear. He's gotta get his weight and stamina up a little bit too. I predict that we'll see him Sunday.

steelax04
05-01-2013, 04:50 PM
Pens' Fleury doesn't live in the past

By Scott Burnside
ESPN.com


PITTSBURGH -- His first set of pads were foam, and he and his sister and the neighborhood kids used them in the family basement taking shots against one another. He was 4, maybe even 3. His first set of real equipment came a couple of years later courtesy of Santa, and that meant no more renting goalie equipment from the local minor hockey association -- and wasn't that a big moment for young Marc-Andre Fleury.

At 28 now and the proud father of Estelle, born last Friday, Fleury has essentially been a goaltender his entire life.

He joked on Tuesday, a day before Game 1 of the opening round of the 2013 playoffs, that Estelle can't walk yet, but he's already working on her butterfly technique.

Still, it seems that being a goaltender is what Fleury does but not who he is. And maybe that's why, in the face of significant pressure after coming off an entirely forgettable playoff series a year ago against the Philadelphia Flyers, Fleury remains as unflappable and upbeat as he has ever been.

"I love what I do. I love the game. We have a good bunch of guys, so it's always nice to come to the rink and have some fun. Maybe if I get scored on, then I'm not happy and I don't smile," he said with a grin.

As for the Philadelphia series -- something that still casts a huge shadow over Fleury and the entire Pittsburgh Penguins team -- Fleury prefers not to dwell too much on those memories.

"It was just another obstacle," he said. "I wasn't happy. I wasn't feeling great about that. But took some time to think about it, take some time to forget about it and just start all over again."

The Penguins are a huge favorite to dismiss the New York Islanders in short order in the first round and march right to the Stanley Cup final. Yet there is a theory espoused by some that if there is a weakness in a Penguins lineup that seems built for glory, it is between the pipes -- specifically with Fleury.

"The question is going to be the goalie," one Eastern Conference scout told ESPN.com on the eve of the playoffs.

This theory presupposes, of course, that last season's playoff debacle -- which saw Fleury allow 26 goals in a six-game series loss in the opening round -- has anything to do with this season.

No doubt the Islanders hope you can draw a distinct line from then to now.

Former NHL player Keith Jones, now a national analyst, believes the Islanders' power play is potent enough that Fleury will have to be sharp. But he doesn't believe Fleury represents any kind of fatal flaw for the talent-laden Penguins.

Another national analyst, former NHL netminder Glenn Healy, agrees.

Healy thinks that the Penguins are a team on a mission and that Fleury does not represent any kind of deterrent to that mission being accomplished.

"That was an implosion of the entire team," Healy said of last year's wacky, 4-2 first-round series loss. "Everyone had a part in it, and Fleury did, too."

Although Healy thinks that the tendency to resuscitate the past while debating what might happen in the future is something of a media trick, he did acknowledge that a series like last spring's is hard to forget.

It's one thing to be beaten by a better team, Healy said. "But it's another thing when you create your own wound because you're better than they are."

Fleury's former goaltending partner Brent Johnson thinks that last year won't get a nanosecond of consideration from Fleury.

"He's just not that type of guy," Johnson said. "He's got the best disposition."

While some goalies struggle to deal with poor outings, allowing them to seep into their subconscious to further erode their play, Johnson said Fleury has the uncanny ability to move on quickly.

"He can let it go better than any goaltender I've ever played with," said Johnson, who spent three seasons with the Penguins.

In some ways Fleury, the first overall pick in the 2003 draft, occupies an unenviable position in this hockey-mad city.

When the Penguins win -- and Fleury has been a large part of a lot of Pittsburgh victories, having collected 180 in the past four full seasons and 23 more in this lockout-shortened season -- more often than not the accolades go to guys such as Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin or Chris Kunitz or James Neal.

When the Penguins lose, however, Fleury is often at the center of criticism.

Yet, unlike many goaltenders, he refuses to suggest the blame for losses lies anywhere but at his feet.

"He's just a fantastic guy. Just a really nice guy. And he's one heck of a goaltender," Johnson said.

Fleury says he learned early in his career not to dwell too much on the past. He points to the disaster in the gold-medal game of the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championships when his clearing pass bounced off teammate Braydon Coburn and into the Canadian net for what would turn out to be the winning goal as an example of having to move on from disappointment.

"I think with the experience I've had through my career, I had to learn young -- especially after that world juniors and all -- whatever happens, you can't let it take too much," he said. "You've got to come in the next day and look at what you did wrong and start from scratch and just try to do better the next game."

GM Ray Shero realizes that anything he says about his team in general, but specifically about his goaltender, when the puck hasn't dropped on the playoffs is in many ways meaningless. The facts are the facts. Fleury has won a lot of games for this team. He won a Stanley Cup in 2009 and the year before led the Pens to a Stanley Cup final.

But he will need to play well if the Penguins are to make good on their significant promise and win another championship this spring. The same can be said about every member of the Penguins, Shero said.

"It's no different for Marc-Andre Fleury than for 20 other players on our team," he said.

The bottom line is this: In the playoffs nothing matters, especially the past.

Starting Wednesday night we'll find out whether Marc-Andre Fleury, lifelong goaltender and new dad, has fully made his peace with his own past.


http://espn.go.com/nhl/playoffs/2013/story/_/id/9230001/pittsburgh-penguins-marc-andre-fleury-live-past

steelax04
05-01-2013, 04:51 PM
Sidney Crosby won't play in Game 1

By Scott Burnside
ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has not recovered sufficiently from a broken jaw and will miss at least the opening game of Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup playoff quarterfinal series against the New York Islanders on Wednesday.

Crosby told reporters after the team's morning skate Wednesday that doctors had not cleared him to play after his last checkup Tuesday afternoon, and he does not have a timetable for his return to action.

Crosby suffered a broken jaw after being struck by a deflected puck in a game against the Islanders on March 30. He has been practicing with the team while wearing a protective shield around his jaw and said earlier this week that he feels like he's ready to play but needed a doctor's approval.

"He said everything looks good," Crosby told reports. "He just wasn't prepared to clear me to play. Obviously I would have loved the chance to play tonight, but that's not the way it is."

Crosby, who was leading the NHL in scoring when he was injured, said he doesn't know when he'll next visit with medical staff. Game 2 of this series is set for Friday night in Pittsburgh.

"I'll just wait and see," Crosby said. "He didn't give me a date. He's waiting until he feels comfortable."

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that the team has been preparing for both possibilities and that Crosby's absence doesn't dramatically change the team's preparation for the Islanders.

"We've played a lot of hockey without Sid in our lineup," Bylsma said. "We've been playing and preparing for with or without Sidney Crosby in our lineup. If you're talking about the impact of not having one of the best players in the game in your lineup, certainly you'd like to have him in there.

"But we've played the last segment of our season without him, and we've been practicing that way for this week, and we're ready to go for Game 1."


http://espn.go.com/nhl/playoffs/2013/story/_/id/9231528/sidney-crosby-pittsburgh-penguins-play-postseason-opener-new-york-islanders

steelax04
05-01-2013, 04:52 PM
Pens have all that ... and Crosby, too

By Scott Burnside
ESPN.com

Even when they're without a star or two, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been tough to beat. With the team at full strength … you get the idea. Here are five reasons the Pens should be considered favorites to win the Stanley Cup:

1. The Pens play in the Eastern Conference

It's that simple. With all due respect to the red-hot Washington Capitals and New York Islanders as well as the plucky Ottawa Senators and the perplexing New York Rangers, the depth of talent in the Western Conference -- where the Chicago Blackhawks will start the playoffs as the favorites -- makes the path to the Stanley Cup finals, at least on paper, much more arduous. The reality is that you can make a case for almost every team in the West, especially the Anaheim Ducks, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, to be the conference's representative in the finals. In the Eastern Conference, there are simply more teams with more flaws that, again in theory, can be exploited by a deep, talented team such as the Penguins. Doesn't mean it will turn out that way, but it doesn't mean the logic is wrong to start with either.

2. Pittsburgh doesn't need Fleury to 'steal' a series

People will point to last year's performance by Marc-Andre Fleury and suggest that he is the Achilles' heel of the Penguins. Maybe. There's no getting around the fact Fleury was awful in the Pens' six-game opening-round loss to the Philadelphia Flyers last spring, sporting a 4.63 GAA. But Fleury has been very good this season, getting wins in 21 of his past 27 decisions and finishing tied for fourth with 23 victories. It may be oversimplifying things, but Fleury doesn't need to steal a series given the explosiveness that the Pens' lineup represents -- or, at least, he shouldn't have to. But he can't throw one away. We doubt that's going to happen two years in a row, and folks need to recall that Fleury won 30 postseason games in 2008 and 2009. The Pens also have a more than adequate Plan B in Tomas Vokoun, who played well down the stretch and finished with a 13-4 record with a .919 save percentage. If Vokoun sees much action in the playoffs, it won't be good news for the Pens. But given his level of play, it shouldn't be cataclysmic.

3. Several of them have been there before

If playoff success is related in some fashion to leadership, to guys who can play on the big stage, guys who don't recoil from big stakes, then surely guys such as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla, Chris Kunitz, Brenden Morrow, Kris Letang and Brooks Orpik, to name a few, should keep the Pens' ship pointed in the right direction. Given the individual and team awards connected to these players, the Pens are fairly awash in leadership and skill. It's no secret that the Flyers were able to get Pittsburgh off its game last spring, and that, coupled with the poor goaltending the Pens received from Fleury, allowed Philadelphia to upset the favored Pens. It's simply hard to see that happening two years in a row, especially given not just the depth but also the maturity on the roster.

4. Healthy Penguins are dangerous Penguins

If, as expected, the Pens hit the playoffs with a full and healthy lineup, there isn't a team that can match their depth -- and I'm not just talking about offensive depth, although the Pens led the league in scoring. At one point heading into the final week of the regular season, they had won 21 of 23 games, and the bulk of that impressive stretch was traveled without some combination of Crosby, Malkin, James Neal, Letang and defenseman Paul Martin, who has been an important part of a solid blue-line corps playing mostly with Orpik. By the end of the regular season, all but Crosby had returned to action, and Crosby was practicing with the team. (He suffered a broken jaw that cost him the final month of the regular season and the NHL scoring title.) Having a full complement of players at his disposal will make for some challenging times for coach Dan Bylsma, but he deftly handled such a lineup en route to the team's Stanley Cup win in 2009. The question that has no answer at this stage: How durable is this team, especially with so many top-end players returning late from various injuries? What does seem clear is that if the Pens were a force without a full lineup, they are something significantly more with every piece in place.

5. Trade deadline additions adapt to Penguin way

One thing follows another, and so it is that the players acquired by GM Ray Shero at the trade deadline have seemingly been able to easily and quickly acclimate themselves to the Penguin way. It helped that, thanks to injuries to so many regulars, they were able to be instantly inserted into the lineup. So it was that former captains Morrow (Dallas Stars) and Iginla (Calgary Flames) were put into important roles upon their arrivals. Iginla has helped a power play that ranked second in the league, and he had 11 points in 13 games with the Pens, including four power-play markers. Jussi Jokinen, added from the Carolina Hurricanes at the deadline, has proved to be a useful player, can play center or wing and can be moved up and down the lineup, while hard-hitting Douglas Murray has fit in nicely on the blue line of a team that was looking to become harder to play against. There is always a danger when introducing a number of new components, especially in a shortened season, but the Pens were able to give the new players instant responsibility. The results have been impressive, something that should bode well for the team in the playoffs, when contributions from every area of the lineup are key to a long run.


http://espn.go.com/nhl/playoffs/2013/story/_/id/9217753/five-reasons-pens-faves

Lokki
05-01-2013, 04:53 PM
Let's go Pens!

4xSBChamps
05-01-2013, 04:55 PM
It never ceases to amaze me how Bob McKenzie and other Canadian reporters always seem to have more info than the local media

I heard that McKenzie is a very-close friend of Crosby's father ~ plus, the Canadians treat hockey with a passion much-stronger than Americans do with their version of football
us Yanks are split between baseball, football & basketball, but they LOVE hockey

Fire Haley
05-01-2013, 05:14 PM
the Canadians treat hockey with a passion much-stronger than Americans do with their version of football

us Yanks are split between baseball, football & basketball, but they LOVE hockey

well, it may be Canada's sport - but we got their best player, Sid

I don't care bout no golden goal, they jealous, that's why they hate on Sid so much

Go Pens!

Fire Haley
05-01-2013, 05:22 PM
Brenden Morrow's trying out the 'sex before games is good' formula

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_APULPHHGbBw/TLjIYlQtdPI/AAAAAAAAAKw/FNaCKXJ5GaE/s1600/_VIP8889.jpg

hey, is that your mom?

4xSBChamps
05-01-2013, 05:49 PM
the blonde might wanna eat a hamburger every-other year

steelax04
05-01-2013, 06:03 PM
Looks like Vis, Quack, and Cap are getting into it in the NBA player coming out thread... we need that dedicated forum bad! Unfortunately that thread will continue to be bumped over this one as they get deeper and deeper into the trenches of religious battle...

Fire Haley
05-01-2013, 06:32 PM
I thought we were getting out of 'Sports Dimension'?

that was the plan we petitioned for

a dedicated Pittsburgh Penguins forum


to get away from being bumped by the slop and riff-raff

Fire Haley
05-01-2013, 06:47 PM
Lets go boys!!

kick some ass

http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/images/smilies/Pittsburgh_Penguins_logo_s.png

SteelCityMom
05-01-2013, 06:55 PM
This whole day has dragged on terribly! Was hoping to make it down to the big screen tonight, but we'll be down Friday and Sunday.


Need Pens now! :hyper:

Lokki
05-01-2013, 07:43 PM
It's game time. Let's go Pens!

steelax04
05-01-2013, 07:47 PM
Whoop whoop!!!

Bayz101
05-01-2013, 08:09 PM
Figured i'd warn ya i'm about to try and mass-move all threads in this forum to there new destinations.

steelax04
05-01-2013, 08:10 PM
Figured i'd warn ya i'm about to try and mass-move all threads in this forum to there new destinations.

Sweet! I just asked in the feedback forum... Move em all!!

steelax04
05-01-2013, 08:22 PM
:penguin: Killer, you bow down to Bayz. He has hooked us up. :penguin:

sluggermatt15
05-01-2013, 08:24 PM
2-0 lead after one period. I like what I see. The Islanders PP had me a little scared. Pens had a hard time gaining possession. Finally they were able to clear the zone. I have a feeling they can't afford to keep playing like that on the PK. The Isles have the 10th ranked PP and WILL take advantage of our PK if we can't control and clear the zone. I hope the first kill was just some early game jitters.

Bayz101
05-01-2013, 08:38 PM
If you guys see or experience anything odd with the new forums, please let me know. I may have to update the tables/counters to reflect the move. Thanks.

steelax04
05-01-2013, 08:46 PM
Time for the Islanders to put on the tourniquet and stop the bleeding... damn. No Sid and blowing it up 4-0.

Lokki
05-01-2013, 08:51 PM
Bayz, you rock. I don't care what Buddha says about you.

Lokki
05-01-2013, 08:52 PM
Time for Juicy to get a goal.

steelax04
05-01-2013, 08:57 PM
Nabokov still looks dazed. Jarome put a hurt on him with that shot.

Lokki
05-01-2013, 09:01 PM
Yeah I think so as well.

Lokki
05-01-2013, 09:04 PM
This is getting embarassing for the Islanders, but I'm excited. I hope that they keep this up throughout the playoffs.

steelax04
05-01-2013, 09:06 PM
This is just getting out of control now. Pens are handling them all over the ice. Fleury just needs to stay focused with this big lead.

Lokki
05-01-2013, 09:07 PM
Flower just shut them down.

Bayz101
05-01-2013, 09:08 PM
This is getting ugly. Outplaying them in every aspect, and doing it without Sid.

steelax04
05-01-2013, 10:10 PM
That's one hell of a statement for Game 1.

4xSBChamps
05-01-2013, 10:16 PM
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%202010-2011/MAFematics-tPB.jpg

CrickRat23
05-01-2013, 10:20 PM
Great start to the series boys.

Lady Steel
05-01-2013, 10:51 PM
http://www.sherv.net/cm/emoticons/penguins/happy-feet-penguin-smiley-emoticon.gif

SteelersCanada
05-01-2013, 11:23 PM
http://qflf.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/400px-broom_icon.png

Either the Islanders are a bad, bad team or the Penguins are ridiculous. Maybe it's both.

4 game series.

Galax Steeler
05-02-2013, 04:49 AM
Nice job Pens

Fire Haley
05-02-2013, 04:55 AM
Isles are a fucking joke.

Cheap ass punk bitches, can't compete, so go for the knees. Totally classless franchise. Tavares acts like a scared little bitch when he gets slapped around, 0 shots on goal.

Hopefully it's just minor injuries with Juicy and Neal. Thank God Shero acquired a crap load of depth though

Bayz101
05-02-2013, 05:55 AM
Isles are a fucking joke.

Cheap ass punk bitches, can't compete, so go for the knees. Totally classless franchise. Tavares acts like a scared little bitch when he gets slapped around, 0 shots on goal.

Hopefully it's just minor injuries with Juicy and Neal. Thank God Shero acquired a crap load of depth though

Didn't look good. Wonder if Goodell can fine NHL players. :noidea:

Wait, it's a Pittsburgh team. Nevermind.

EDIT: By the way. Notice anything new? :toofunny:

4xSBChamps
05-02-2013, 07:03 AM
http://qflf.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/400px-broom_icon.png

Either the Islanders are a bad, bad team or the Penguins are ridiculous. Maybe it's both.

4 game series.

BULLSHIT ~ Pens in 3!!!

Fire Haley
05-02-2013, 08:03 AM
Beau's first shift and first shot of his first NHL playoff game he scores the game winning goal!

suh-weet!


Beau Knows Playoffs

Ever since the moment Bennett was drafted, the Penguins organization and its fans have been anticipating the kind of NHL player he would be. His silky smooth hands, craftiness, smarts and vision were readily apparent even as a raw 18-year-old hockey player, and it was exciting to think of how those would translate to the NHL level as he matured.

That being said, Bennett turned 21 years old in November and is still growing and developing. So when he got called up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the first time on Feb. 15, you didn’t want to have too high of expectations. After all, he’s still a kid in many ways.

But much to everyone’s delighted surprise, Bennett has been playing way beyond his years in his time with Pittsburgh – and is looking like the player everyone hoped he would be. And he showed that on Wednesday in the biggest game of his career so far, playing calm, composed and poised.

more

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=668800&navid=DL|PIT|home

4xSBChamps
05-02-2013, 08:11 AM
Beau's first shift and first shot of his first NHL playoff game he scores the game winning goal!

suh-weet!


Beau Knows Playoffs

Ever since the moment Bennett was drafted, the Penguins organization and its fans have been anticipating the kind of NHL player he would be. His silky smooth hands, craftiness, smarts and vision were readily apparent even as a raw 18-year-old hockey player, and it was exciting to think of how those would translate to the NHL level as he matured.

That being said, Bennett turned 21 years old in November and is still growing and developing. So when he got called up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the first time on Feb. 15, you didn’t want to have too high of expectations. After all, he’s still a kid in many ways.

But much to everyone’s delighted surprise, Bennett has been playing way beyond his years in his time with Pittsburgh – and is looking like the player everyone hoped he would be. And he showed that on Wednesday in the biggest game of his career so far, playing calm, composed and poised.

more

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=668800&navid=DL|PIT|home

I'm not a TK-hater, but I believe Sunshine recorded more points than Kennedy, despite playing half-as-many games during the regular season

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%202009-2010/MichelTherrienSpeaking.jpg
I impress

Lokki
05-02-2013, 08:13 AM
BULLSHIT ~ Pens in 3!!!

But it's a best of 7.. are the Islanders just going to forfeit the 4th game after we blow them out the first 3? That would be kind of awesome.

SteelCityMom
05-02-2013, 08:38 AM
That was the perfect opening game for the Pens! My only real complaint was that Fleury looked a bit shaky at times and gave up a lot of rebounds. The D did a good job clearing the area though.

I've got a real good feeling about this series. I don't want to be too overconfident (especially given the past three years), but unless the team has a total meltdown, I don't see how they could lose.

Lokki
05-02-2013, 08:48 AM
1 Win down... 15 more to go!

SteelCityMom
05-02-2013, 09:09 AM
Not sure if anyone is familiar with the Pens In the Room series (they've done them the past two seasons), but the new episode just aired recently.

You can either catch up on them on Pens TV on the Pens NHL site, or this guy has uploaded them all to his channel (they play better for me on YouTube than they do on Pens TV for whatever reason). They're pretty good. If you have some time, check them out.

oe5l9UtQE5E

Fire Haley
05-02-2013, 11:27 AM
Looks like Neal rolled his ankle, he did play one shift after he got hurt - so maybe it isn't too bad

http://i.minus.com/iwFawM3tOIt9U.GIF

4xSBChamps
05-02-2013, 11:40 AM
Looks like Neal rolled his ankle, he did play one shift after he got hurt - so maybe it isn't too bad

http://i.minus.com/iwFawM3tOIt9U.GIF

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/funny%20pictures/GEEZUS.jpg

having a pair of chronic bad-ankles for 40 years, that made me cringe

Fire Haley
05-02-2013, 11:41 AM
EDIT: By the way. Notice anything new?

I have a dream....a new forum

Free at last!

Free at last!

Fire Haley
05-02-2013, 12:06 PM
Dave Molinari ‏@MolinariPG 2m-Jokinen, injured later in Game 1, is on the ice for practice.

4xSBChamps
05-02-2013, 12:08 PM
Dave Molinari ‏@MolinariPG 2m-Jokinen, injured later in Game 1, is on the ice for practice.

so is Orps... Crosby skating between 14 & 9

Fire Haley
05-02-2013, 12:25 PM
Crosby is first Penguin on the ice for practice #Pens -SK

https://twitter.com/PensInsideScoop/statuses/329980515056754689


Beau Bennett is skating in Neal's place with Malkin and Iginla.

https://twitter.com/MolinariPG/statuses/329986566611152897

Crosby centering Kunitz, Dupuis at #Penguins practice.

https://twitter.com/pgshelly/statuses/329986603571355648

Crosby and Jokinen are rotating on the No. 1 power play, which also includes Malkin, Kunitz, Letang and Iginla.

Crosby sure practicing like a guy who is playing soon. Lots of signs pointing that way today.

https://twitter.com/JoshYohe_Trib/statuses/329993834333368320


OMG OMG OMG - everything is happening!

steelax04
05-02-2013, 12:34 PM
Crosby is first Penguin on the ice for practice #Pens -SK

https://twitter.com/PensInsideScoop/statuses/329980515056754689


Beau Bennett is skating in Neal's place with Malkin and Iginla.

https://twitter.com/MolinariPG/statuses/329986566611152897

Crosby centering Kunitz, Dupuis at #Penguins practice.

https://twitter.com/pgshelly/statuses/329986603571355648

Crosby and Jokinen are rotating on the No. 1 power play, which also includes Malkin, Kunitz, Letang and Iginla.

Crosby sure practicing like a guy who is playing soon. Lots of signs pointing that way today.

https://twitter.com/JoshYohe_Trib/statuses/329993834333368320


OMG OMG OMG - everything is happening!


Oh boy... as if it couldn't get any worse for the Islanders after last nights 5-0 shellacking.

steelax04
05-02-2013, 12:37 PM
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BJRfycjCcAE8cMj.jpg:large

NSMaster56
05-02-2013, 12:53 PM
Nabokov still looks dazed. Jarome put a hurt on him with that shot.

If this were the 60's and Nabokov wasn't wearing a mask, Iginla's shot would have killed him.

Lokki
05-02-2013, 01:17 PM
If this were the 60's and Nabokov wasn't wearing a mask, Iginla's shot would have killed him.

Yup.. Iggy rang his bell pretty good.

Fire Haley
05-02-2013, 01:23 PM
CROSBY WITH REGULAR LINEMATES; NEAL NOT AT PENGUINS PRACTICE

http://images.tsn.ca/images/stories/2013/05/02/sidneycrosby_4825-430x298.jpg

There was some good news and some bad news at Pittsburgh Penguins practice on Thursday.

Sidney Crosby may have taken another step towards returning, as he skated with his regular linemates, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis.

Crosby has been out of action for one month with a broken jaw.

After the practice, Crosby told the media that his status hasn't changed and he's still not cleared to play. He also stated that he has no scheduled appointment with his doctor.

James Neal however, was not at practice. The 25-year-old left Pittsburgh's 5-0 win over the New York Islanders on Wednesday with an ankle injury.

Also, Jussi Jokinen practiced with the team after leaving Wednesday's game with an apparent knee injury. Islanders forward Marty Reasoner was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct on the play but will not face any further discipline from the league

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=422210

CrickRat23
05-02-2013, 02:42 PM
I have got a feeling that Sid is ready to return any time now. I think he is chomping at the bit to get out there with his teammates in this series. Although I would not rush hime back.

I am not one to condone fighting, (lol), but if the Isles keep the cheap shots up I would love to see Murray and company pound a few Islanders.

stb_steeler
05-02-2013, 08:11 PM
CROSBY UPDATE
There is no change in Crosby's status. He still hasn't been cleared to play by the doctors and there are no doctor visits planned at this time, but they are in constant communication.


LET HIM PLAY!

4xSBChamps
05-02-2013, 08:18 PM
I say let him rest until he is cleared to play, and play him when needed ~ if they're going to make a deep-run, like we all hope they will, the next 7-8 weeks will be full of bumps & bruises
the fuller he heals now = the less-likely chance he'll miss more time due to this injury in June

SteelCityMom
05-02-2013, 08:57 PM
I still think we'll see him by Sunday...but I wouldn't be upset if they had him sit longer. They really shouldn't need Crosby to beat the Isles.

In other news...Adam Oates' face freaks me out.

https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQV6QOdIJOHXaLn4kKNlWM_LkC_me2o0 7FX_jqlSZEI5j3gbd7cLQ

Fire Haley
05-03-2013, 12:24 AM
Blues and Kings is a sloberknocker series - end to end action and Blues win - go up 2-0

had to laugh at Habs fans, up 2-1 in 3rd, then start Ole Ole Ole and give up 2 goals and lose...ahahahahah

http://nbcprohockeytalk.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/bjt6knuccaao1i4-large.jpg?w=226


Go Sens!

SteelCityMom
05-03-2013, 12:33 AM
That hit on Eller was BRUTAL. Gotta love blood squirting on the ice. Hope he's ok.

TLPMMbkGgcU

kan_t
05-03-2013, 05:21 AM
CROSBY UPDATE
There is no change in Crosby's status. He still hasn't been cleared to play by the doctors and there are no doctor visits planned at this time, but they are in constant communication.


LET HIM PLAY!
No reason to rush him back, especially seeing how the team played in game 1.

Fire Haley
05-03-2013, 08:37 AM
Penguins notebook: Neal unlikely to play Game 2

Bylsma - don't even ask about injuries

"There's no update and I'm not going to give you one."

Lokki
05-03-2013, 10:00 AM
Penguins notebook: Neal unlikely to play Game 2

Bylsma - don't even ask about injuries

"There's no update and I'm not going to give you one."

He went all Belichick and Saban on them.

It's game day though! Let's go Pens! :tt02:

SteelCityMom
05-03-2013, 10:39 AM
Will be down at the big screen tonight screaming my face off! Can't wait...Let's Go Pens!!! :penguin::penguin::penguin:

q6iLT8BZC2o

4xSBChamps
05-03-2013, 10:43 AM
Bylsma - don't even ask about injuries

"There's no update and I'm not going to give you one."

he should be even-MORE succinct

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%202010-2011/DanBylsma-WinterClassic.jpg

"... there's no update and I'm not going to tell you what it is..."

Lokki
05-03-2013, 11:19 AM
According to the Penguins on Facebook, Sidney is playing tonight.

Sidney Crosby returns to the lineup versus the New York Islanders tonight!

More in the Penguins Report: http://pens.pe/135cYOU


https://www.facebook.com/penguins?hc_location=stream

Bayz101
05-03-2013, 11:43 AM
I'm glad Sid's coming back. Just hope that the lineup change doesn't effect us.

4xSBChamps
05-03-2013, 11:46 AM
I'm glad Sid's coming back. Just hope that the lineup change doesn't effect us.

I am beginning to think that Sid returning to the lineup doesn't change us, it REINFORCES our style:
when Malkin is out then returns, it isn't a seamless merge

SteelCityMom
05-03-2013, 12:12 PM
I just hope they're not rushing him back because of Neil's injury. Happy to see him back though!

Fire Haley
05-03-2013, 01:26 PM
Guess 48hrs does make a difference

“(The doctor) was around and I wasn’t sure if he would give me the OK or even consider it. I’m happy that he did and happy to be back. ... He's comfortable with me getting hit at this point. That's the biggest thing. He has to be comfortable putting me out there. To hear him say that allows me to be comfortable, too."



Great to get Sid back but I hope the rest of the Pens don't let up and think they can take a rest now.


Pittsburgh Penguins ‏@penguins #Pens line rushes at morning skate:

Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis,
Bennett-Malkin-Iginla,
Morrow-Sutter-Cooke,
Glass-Jokinen-Adams.

sluggermatt15
05-03-2013, 02:39 PM
I just hope they're not rushing him back because of Neil's injury. Happy to see him back though!

Really hope Neal does not miss much time. We need him next round (if we make it) and for subsequent series. I also hope Sid watches out and doesn't go all out. IMO he should take it slow. I don't even understand why Bylsma is allowing him to play this series.... I think the team is fine without his services against an inferior Islanders club.

Lady Steel
05-03-2013, 02:57 PM
Will be down at the big screen tonight screaming my face off! Can't wait...Let's Go Pens!!! :penguin:

Have an absolutely fantastic time, SCMom!

Lady Steel
05-03-2013, 02:59 PM
Stay safe, Sid! :penguin:



TysaOOg_N5E

Fire Haley
05-03-2013, 04:00 PM
http://i.imgur.com/zk6jYfd.gif

Ottawa Senators defenceman Eric Gryba has been suspended two games by the National Hockey League for his hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=422306


Looked like a clean hip check to me

steelax04
05-03-2013, 04:10 PM
Ottawa Senators defenceman Eric Gryba has been suspended two games by the National Hockey League for his hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=422306


Looked like a clean hip check to me

Yeah, I agree... I think it was just bad timing and Eller just had his head down about two inches too far. Gryba didn't elevate to go high for the head. He only came up after the hit, not before.

Lokki
05-03-2013, 07:53 PM
2 goals by Sid already and Malkin got in the act too.. Keep it up guys!

steelax04
05-03-2013, 09:42 PM
Well, the end boards scored two goals on Fleury... He was all over the damn ice. Shit man, calm down.

4xSBChamps
05-03-2013, 09:58 PM
very-reminiscent of last year's series with Philthadelphia ~ razzle-dazzle for 10 minutes, then stumble while letting opposition out-work you

Fire Haley
05-03-2013, 10:01 PM
The dreaded 2-0 lead. Way to fuck it up boys.


http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view3/2971540/john-goodman-table-flip-o.gif




Got cocky and quit skating. Pathetic defense. Fucking lazy Russians.

Lazy is lazy, and Malkin sure is lazy with the puck. Letang must be part Russian too.

Can anyone pass without turning it over?

and Meathead Fleury blows a 3-1 lead - stay in your fucking net you idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bring in Vokoun for game 3

4xSBChamps
05-03-2013, 10:06 PM
Lazy is lazy, and Malkin sure is lazy with the puck. Letang must be part Russian too.

several time tonite... he was soff wit da clearing-attemp...

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y272/Glensgages/hockey%202009-2010/MichelTherrienSpeaking.jpg

like I never see before

Fire Haley
05-03-2013, 10:29 PM
LOL - reporter just asked Bylsma what he was thinking with the line combinations


Disco panics, 'Let's see, I'll take Bennett out.....use my supersecret weapon of a Glass-Malkiin-Adams line'


Shero and Mario better send a message down that Dan is on the hotseat, along with his goalie.

Lady Steel
05-03-2013, 10:45 PM
They disappeared after the 1st period and never came back. The Cup isn't going to be handed to them. They are dejected. Hopefully, this will be a wakeup call. I still believe. :penguin:

SteelCityMom
05-03-2013, 11:31 PM
What a terrible game. The silver lining in this, is that is pretty much them at their absolute worst and the game was still very close. I don't see them falling into the same pattern that they did last year.

I could not understand the line changes either...scrap that mess.

Fire Haley
05-04-2013, 12:49 AM
Well, the end boards scored two goals on Fleury... He was all over the damn ice. Shit man, calm down.

How do you get fooled by shots off the boards IN YOUR OWN ARENA ???

Not once, but twice

how?

That screaming you heard when they scored their 3rd goal was me....I wanted him pulled then

I had a feeling


I do give the Islanders full credit, they came out determined to win a playoff game.

We came out for a scrimmage.

Fire Haley
05-04-2013, 07:42 AM
They disappeared after the 1st period and never came back. The Cup isn't going to be handed to them. They are dejected. Hopefully, this will be a wakeup call.

now that I'm somewhat more sober, I'm starting to remember the horror show better

yeah - they got complacent after going up 2-0, after that they quit the safe and simple plays they've been using to win and went right back to the fucking pond hockey I told them not to. Behind the back blind drop passes to nobody and fancy pants passing when they should have been shooting. I don't remember the team being this careless with the puck at any point during this season. 11 giveaways in this game is inexcusable

The minute I saw Bylsma on the dry erase board I knew we were doomed. He couldn't figure out they were baiting the Pens to use the 50 ft stretch passes and getting turnover after turnover off it. But instead of going back to basics with the dump and chase to get it deep he benches Bennett instead. Great strategery there..

Bring back Vitale and Despres to add some speed to the defense. I can't believe Bylsma had Murray and Engelland (who was beyond horrible) paired up on together defense, slow and slower doesn't work Danny boy.

Even after all that they still had a 3-1 lead and would have won but for the knucklehead in goal. Shades of Philly all over again.

stb_steeler
05-04-2013, 09:19 AM
Where the hell was the defense?????? Letang sure didnt play the same game as he did Wednesday night!.. No way those 2 goals off the boards get in if there were a D....:doh:

sluggermatt15
05-04-2013, 12:54 PM
I think the Islanders rose to the occasion last night. The Pens came out strong and took control early. The game had that "here we go again" feeling where the Penguins looked like they were going to run away with it. But NY settled in, particularly Nabokov. He really stepped up and denied the Penguins on their subsequent scoring chances. I credit him immensely.

I also credit the fight between Niskanen and Okposo. That fired up the Islanders. From that point in the game they outscored the Pens 3-0.

Fleury kept the game from getting out of hand. Islanders could have easily scored 2-3 more goals. On the other hand, New York scored typical goals that Fleury would give up - a bunch of softies. MAF has to rise up and regain his consistency. He was GREAT in Game 1 and the early stages of last night! This inconsistency is driving me nuts. It's been his achilles-heel throughout his entire Penguins career. I don't know if he'll ever shake it.

I'd also like the PK to step up. They yielded a goal on their first chance last night. Wasn't good to see that. The hope I have is they rebounded the rest of the game. They will have to be on their game in New York tomorrow and Tuesday. The Isles feed off their PP and I see them using that as a way to beat us.

Overall, I think this was the lone game for the Islanders in this series. I expect the Pens to come out and punch them in the mouth tomorrow afternoon. Can't see us dropping this game. Let's go out and start strong on the road.

LET'S GO PENS!!!!!!!!!!!!

OliverPoop
05-04-2013, 05:26 PM
Guys don't you realize that Marc Andre Fleury is the greatest goaltender to ever play the game?

:banging:

Lokki
05-04-2013, 06:47 PM
The Pens better wake up from that crap.. That was painful to watch last night, especially that 4th goal when Fleury knocked it in.

The D was almost non-existent and the offense didn't get much of anything going. I hope it isn't because Crosby is back and all of the chemistry is hosed up on the other lines. I'm glad that he got us 2 goals, but ugh...

SteelCityMom
05-04-2013, 07:49 PM
It's easy to just blame the loss on Fleury. Not taking him off the hook, he did let a couple bad ones in...but 42 shots on goal, 79 total shots towards the net, and 11 turnovers (to the Isle's 2) is unacceptable.

And before we castrate Geno for his three turnovers, let's realize that Crosby had the same number of turnovers as he did goals.

All I know is they better be ready tomorrow. Their poor puck management stemmed from a lack of focus and discipline. There's no reason whatsoever for them to lose to the Isle's.

SteelCityMom
05-04-2013, 07:55 PM
Oh, and for giggles...I just had an Islanders fan (for some reason they just suddenly popped out of the woodwork) try to talk smack on me about Pens fans not showing up when the Pens suck. Yeah, it's true and all...but an Isle's fan trying to demean Pens fans for that? Bitch please.

sluggermatt15
05-04-2013, 08:24 PM
It's easy to just blame the loss on Fleury. Not taking him off the hook, he did let a couple bad ones in...but 42 shots on goal, 79 total shots towards the net, and 11 turnovers (to the Isle's 2) is unacceptable.

And before we castrate Geno for his three turnovers, let's realize that Crosby had the same number of turnovers as he did goals.

All I know is they better be ready tomorrow. Their poor puck management stemmed from a lack of focus and discipline. There's no reason whatsoever for them to lose to the Isle's.

You're right, it's not all Fleury's fault. He kept the Penguins in the game when the Isles were dominant. It felt like one of those games where, had the Pens made another few plays, we might not be square at 1, and he might not have given up those soft goals. The team needs to put it together. I give Sid a free pass on his inconsistencies. He's been away from game action for 6 weeks. I don't care if he is the top player in the world. Anyone away from their profession in situations for that long needs time to adjust.

Fire Haley
05-04-2013, 08:56 PM
It's easy to just blame the loss on Fleury.

And before we castrate Geno for his three turnovers, let's realize that Crosby had the same number of turnovers as he did goals. .

you pick your scapegoat dogs to whip and I'll pick mine

SteelCityMom
05-04-2013, 09:29 PM
I pick them all for this game. It was a complete lack of effort. Fleury honestly gets the least blame from me...he's the only on who couldn't control what was happening on the rest of the ice. There's no excuse for that game.

And yes, that's a good point about Crosby...he's still getting back to his game. I understand that. No Pens fans want to criticize him when he makes bad plays though, and he made some really bad plays.

They better be pissed off at themselves though. They better remember the sting of the past three years and get their shit together. I'm not going to throw a fit if they don't win the cup this year, but they better play up to their talent level and quit expecting shit to be handed to them.

Fire Haley
05-04-2013, 10:09 PM
I just watched the Leafs manhandle the Broons

they had a 3-1 lead and won 4-2 - no buttfumbles by their goalie

Fire Haley
05-04-2013, 10:29 PM
that's a good point about Crosby...he's still getting back to his game. I understand that. No Pens fans want to criticize him when he makes bad plays though, and he made some really bad plays. .

yeah - his first game back and Bylsma plays him for 23 min, double-shifting him at the end - no wonder he had no legs left at the end

On the back end, Letang had 29 minutes. Sure, he's a defender, but Letang's game is always at its most dominant when he still has fresh enough legs to be a dynamic offensive threat. Something he wasn't last night.

Maybe its Fleury, maybe it's Bylsma, maybe it's the Defense. Doesn't matter... Different players, same story.



Like not being able to even generate a shot on goal for like 3 minutes of a 4 min pp that should have iced the game.

I knew we were doomed right then. When you see enough of these lazy sloppy games you know the trend and how it ends up.

SteelCityMom
05-04-2013, 10:37 PM
Lot's of blame to go around for sure. No maybe's about it.

Fire Haley
05-05-2013, 01:25 AM
lots of interesting games

two today go 1-0, one in OT

I don't think the Pens have the temperment to play like that - - they need some patience to win in playoff hockey

SteelersCanada
05-05-2013, 10:39 AM
Well, the Los Angeles Jonathan Quick's won't be swept this year which is unfortunate.

Seriously, the Kings aren't even a playoff team if they don't have Quick in net.

SteelCityMom
05-05-2013, 12:36 PM
What. The. Fuck.

Pens down 2-0 in under 10 minutes in the first.

Atlanta Dan
05-05-2013, 12:45 PM
I upgraded my DirecTV channels to get the Stanley Cup playoff games for this?

I confess to only following the NHL regularly during the playoffs, but it would appear the Pens are the NHL version of the 1991 - 2005 Atlanta Braves - regular season wonders but not so great once the playoffs arrive

SteelCityMom
05-05-2013, 12:46 PM
That's better Pens! 2-2 now with 2 PP goals!

SteelCityMom
05-05-2013, 12:58 PM
Well...the end of the 1st sure shaped up better than the beginning of it.

3-2 Pens! :penguin:

Lokki
05-05-2013, 12:59 PM
Crap.. I was totally thinking that the game wasn't until tonight.. I've missed the whole first period now.. time to go turn it on.. :)

SteelCityMom
05-05-2013, 02:30 PM
I am going to lose my mind, up in here...

sluggermatt15
05-05-2013, 02:33 PM
I am going to lose my mind, up in here...

Islanders want it more.

SteelCityMom
05-05-2013, 03:18 PM
Pens win in OT...HORRIBLE third period though. I'm just glad that's over. I'll take the ugly win today.

Atlanta Dan
05-05-2013, 03:25 PM
As I stated before I do not claim to be a big hockey fan - but that was intense

SteelCityMom
05-05-2013, 03:31 PM
As I stated before I do not claim to be a big hockey fan - but that was intense

Yeah, playoffs are the best. My nails took a severe beating today.

SteelersCanada
05-05-2013, 04:10 PM
Penguins didn't deserve to win that game. I'm happy for you guys they did, but man, the Isles wanted that one more.

Fire Haley
05-05-2013, 06:10 PM
I was wrong - - pond hockey does win games in the playoffs. Thanks to the PP.

It's a good thing I was heavily medicated for OT - - wild and crazy entertainment, lucky lucky lucky

Vis
05-05-2013, 06:40 PM
Penguins didn't deserve to win that game. I'm happy for you guys they did, but man, the Isles wanted that one more.

Yes but they have the win and gave the coach some good ass chewing material to prepare for game 4

NSMaster56
05-05-2013, 07:30 PM
Nobody can deny the Pens talent, but much like the Steelers the last two years this squad needs to remember that the games must be played to their finish.

Lots of hockey left...

Lady Steel
05-05-2013, 07:39 PM
Yeah, playoffs are the best. My nails took a severe beating today.

You shoulda come with me for spa day. I feel maaar-va-lous! :laughing:

So, I missed the game. Glad they won. :penguin:

Fire Haley
05-05-2013, 09:27 PM
and it's a bar room brawl in Oddawah and the Habs are getting their asses pounded, 5-1

SteelCityMom
05-05-2013, 10:11 PM
oAQtabmrV7Q

Fire Haley
05-06-2013, 02:40 AM
and it gets even better in Oddawah

Therrien was ready to drop them and go after the Walrus when he called a timeout up 6-1 with 17 sec left

I swear I saw midgets on the ice fighting!....it was a circus!

Galax Steeler
05-06-2013, 04:58 AM
Nothing like a good hockey fight.

Fire Haley
05-06-2013, 09:36 AM
Nothing like a good hockey fight.

It was 5 fights - all going on at the same time - and the Habs lost every one of them!

ha ha

dey was SOFF, SOFF, I tell you

stb_steeler
05-06-2013, 09:57 AM
Some teeth got knocked out in the Ottawa game....

Fire Haley
05-06-2013, 10:52 AM
Sens fans turned that Ole Ole Ole chant around on them, and used it for their rookie with the hat trick....that was kinda cool...and it followed him to the locker room


wwLd87N78ms

Fire Haley
05-06-2013, 11:10 AM
I am going to lose my mind, up in here...

up in where?


blowing these 2 goal leads in the 3rd period has got to stop

maybe the Pens defense would play better with Vokoun back there


the good news - for the Islanders to come back and win the series they now have to win 3 of 4 games...

Fire Haley
05-06-2013, 03:34 PM
I never thought I'd say this - but I miss Orpik

Pittsburgh Penguins ‏@penguins now
#Pens holding optional practice at Nassau Coliseum. James Neal and Brooks Orpik are on the ice


Neal, Orpik still out there. Orpik looks especially strong. Will be surprised if he doesn't play Game 4, but that's just me. #Pens

https://twitter.com/Dejan_Kovacevic/status/331480146269843456

Bayz101
05-06-2013, 03:38 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/302953_183190091836107_58505805_n.jpg

Vis
05-06-2013, 03:56 PM
Give him credit for the hand gesture he chose.

Fire Haley
05-06-2013, 05:14 PM
I'll take a win anyway we can get it

http://sinhlredlight.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/pens-isles-dater.jpg?w=610&h=460

I'd sit Niskanen - he was horribly horrible - give Vitale a shot

and Douglas Murray, our new offensive defenseman, gets a goal and rings another one off the post

He's my new hero

CrickRat23
05-06-2013, 05:48 PM
Murray does love to fire the puck towards the net. And it is usually a rifle shot, man he puts some smoke behind his shots.

sluggermatt15
05-06-2013, 07:39 PM
All I'm going to say about yesterday's game is the Penguins better play a FULL SIXTY MINUTES of hockey for the rest of this series, or they might go to a Game 6 or 7. When the Penguins had the lead at 4-2, why sit around and play defense? Go for the knockout! Make it 5-2 or 6-2 and put the game away. You could see the Islanders had no quit in them. Their mentality is that they are never out no matter what they are down. Thank goodness for our great PP or we would be down 2-1.

Not happy to see Fleury allow more soft goals. Let's hope the Pens bring a fuller effort tomorrow night.

LET'S GO PENS!!!

NSMaster56
05-06-2013, 07:46 PM
What happened in Ottawa was glorious. Good ole fashioned hockey.

Despite the tough sledding through three vs. the Isles, the Pens appear to have dodged a bullet not drawing the Sens.

stb_steeler
05-06-2013, 10:45 PM
All I'm going to say about yesterday's game is the Penguins better play a FULL SIXTY MINUTES of hockey for the rest of this series, or they might go to a Game 6 or 7. When the Penguins had the lead at 4-2, why sit around and play defense? Go for the knockout! Make it 5-2 or 6-2 and put the game away. You could see the Islanders had no quit in them. Their mentality is that they are never out no matter what they are down. Thank goodness for our great PP or we would be down 2-1.

Not happy to see Fleury allow more soft goals. Let's hope the Pens bring a fuller effort tomorrow night.

LET'S GO PENS!!!

Its not like we have the talent to finish :wink02:

CrickRat23
05-07-2013, 11:55 AM
Lets hope the Pens play with a little more sense of urgency tonight. Get up early and put them away. Then come home for Thursday nights game with a chance to close out the series. LETS GO PENS.

SteelCityMom
05-07-2013, 12:12 PM
Letang, Subban, Suter are first-time Norris finalists
Tuesday, 05.07.2013 / 10:00 AM / NHL Awards
NHL.com

Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins, P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadians and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild are this year's finalists for the trophy awarded to the defenseman that shows the "greatest all-round ability" at the position, as voted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season.

It is the first time each finalist has been among the final three in Norris consideration and the field is absent traditional presences like 2009 winner Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators, who finished as runner-up in each of the past two seasons.

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, who won the award last year, missed the majority of the 2012-13 season with an Achilles injury.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=669593&navid=nhl:topheads

Lokki
05-07-2013, 12:19 PM
Any word on Orpik? I know that he practiced, but I haven't seen anything saying that he will be playing tonight.

SteelCityMom
05-07-2013, 12:32 PM
Still no word on whether Orpik or Neal will be starting. Both were at optional skate yesterday and fully participated in the morning skate today. Orpik practiced on top line with Martin, while Neal was practicing on the 4th line with Bennett and Malkin. Iginla, Morrow, Sutter and Murray were absent from the morning skate (hopefully just resting them).

I'm pretty sure we'll see Orpik back before Neal...hopefully tonight. We should know for sure in a few hours.

Lokki
05-07-2013, 02:06 PM
Still no word on whether Orpik or Neal will be starting. Both were at optional skate yesterday and fully participated in the morning skate today. Orpik practiced on top line with Martin, while Neal was practicing on the 4th line with Bennett and Malkin. Iginla, Morrow, Sutter and Murray were absent from the morning skate (hopefully just resting them).

I'm pretty sure we'll see Orpik back before Neal...hopefully tonight. We should know for sure in a few hours.

I just want Orpik back first for his defensive help. We have to slow the Islanders down some. They are playing like they want this more than we do.

stb_steeler
05-07-2013, 02:33 PM
Letang, Subban, Suter are first-time Norris finalists
Tuesday, 05.07.2013 / 10:00 AM / NHL Awards
NHL.com

Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins, P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadians and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild are this year's finalists for the trophy awarded to the defenseman that shows the "greatest all-round ability" at the position, as voted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season.

It is the first time each finalist has been among the final three in Norris consideration and the field is absent traditional presences like 2009 winner Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators, who finished as runner-up in each of the past two seasons.

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, who won the award last year, missed the majority of the 2012-13 season with an Achilles injury.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=669593&navid=nhl:topheads

Subban should be eliminated from ballot with the way he played the other night!

SteelCityMom
05-07-2013, 03:09 PM
Still no definitive word on Orpik or Neal yet...but these are the projected lines.

Chris Kunitz (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470543) – Sidney Crosby (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471675) – Pascal Dupuis (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8466393)
James Neal (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471707) – Evgeni Malkin (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471215) – Jarome Iginla (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8462042)
Brenden Morrow (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8466160) – Brandon Sutter (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8474091) – Matt Cooke (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8465951)
Tanner Glass (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470854) – Jussi Jokinen (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8469638) – Craig Adams (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8465166)
Paul Martin (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8468542) – Brooks Orpik (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8468498)
Douglas Murray (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8468114) – Matt Niskanen (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471702)
Mark Eaton (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8467580) – Kris Letang (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471724)
Marc-Andre Fleury (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470594)
Tomas Vokoun (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8460712)
Scratches: Beau Bennett (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8475761), Simon Despres (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8475155), Robert Bortuzzo (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8474145), Deryk Engelland (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8468674), Dustin Jeffrey (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8474138), Tyler Kennedy (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471311)
Injured: Joe Vitale (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471856) (lower body)

stb_steeler
05-07-2013, 04:15 PM
Letang Has Earned Norris Nomination :applaudit:

SteelCityMom
05-07-2013, 06:57 PM
Neal and Orpik both on the ice right now.

SteelCityMom
05-07-2013, 07:41 PM
Penalties, penalties, penalties...:mad:

1-1 after 1

SteelCityMom
05-07-2013, 09:17 PM
And Geno with more lazy play that leads to a goal. This is probably the game...

5-4 Isles.

SteelCityMom
05-07-2013, 09:21 PM
Guess having Neal and Orpik back just doesn't make a difference. Team is still playing like shit.

SteelCityMom
05-07-2013, 09:34 PM
Pardon all the french...but fuck this shit.

Pens don't even deserve to move on. Vokoun better be in net next game.

NSMaster56
05-07-2013, 09:43 PM
I hate too be too reactionary, but Flower clearly does not have it. Get him out of there.

What was the point of bringing in Vokoun if not for situations like these?

Getting Orpik back will surely help the back end, but Flower has been out of whack when it has mattered for a while now.

The rest of the team is pulling their weight. You can't let one guy blow it like this.

Fire Haley
05-07-2013, 09:52 PM
I turned it off after 4-4 to watch a real game - the Sens tied up the Habs with less than a minute to go- Fleury shoulda been yanked so hard after that 3rd goal he'd have choke marks on his neck for a week.

If anybody else but Vokoun starts every game from now on Bylsma should be fired immediately - get his worthless ass out of town and take that spastic headcase goalie with him.

Bench Malkin and his temper tantrums for a game. This team stinks at playoff hockey.

Lokki
05-07-2013, 09:53 PM
This is like getting Tebow'd all over again.

NSMaster56
05-07-2013, 09:57 PM
This team stinks at playoff hockey.

That.

If they were a boxer they'd be on their heels after one jab to the mouth.

SteelCityMom
05-07-2013, 10:00 PM
It's really breaking my heart to see them do this to themselves. Yeah, I give the Isle's credit for their fight...but they have no business being tied in this series. I can't even wrap my head around all of this.

This isn't the same team that was so disheartened from losing the SCF's that they came back and won the next year. I just want to see that fire in them again.

SteelCityMom
05-07-2013, 10:03 PM
24 fucking shots on goal for the Isle's. That's less than they had in the first game that was a shutout.

There's no way we see Fleury next game.

SteelCityMom
05-07-2013, 10:17 PM
Well, at least my other favorite team, the Sharks, are playing like they want it. Going to go watch them hopefully wipe Vancouver from the playoffs now.

NSMaster56
05-07-2013, 10:26 PM
At least we aren't fans of the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge.

OliverPoop
05-07-2013, 11:02 PM
Disco Dan should probably have his bags packed.

Fire Haley
05-08-2013, 04:56 AM
Oddawah tied it up with 23 seconds left in the game and then beat Montreal 3-2 in overtime.

Maybe Therrien will be available soon.

I wanna see Mario and Shero come down outta the booth and into the locker room and take turns screaming at Bylsma in front of the team, then send Fleury down to the minors. I've never been this mad over a hockey game before.

14 fucking goals in 3 games, this is where I'd have pulled him, goal #3

http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/2593983/fleuryLOL.gif

Fire Haley
05-08-2013, 09:36 AM
At least we aren't fans of the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge.

at least the Habs can blame the refs - up 2-0 and cruising for the win

goal or no goal?


http://i.imgur.com/FEwUZP2.gif


then 2 bad icing calls with under a minute to go led to the tying goal on which Price gets hurt, pole-axed by an invisible assassin, then his rookie replacement gives up the winner in OT

stb_steeler
05-08-2013, 10:09 AM
Where the hell is the team that went 15-0....I sure wish they would show up!
Tired of seeing Malkin puck hoggin everything while turning over the puck time after time.
Fleury must have been in outer space on that last goal, Damn thing just floated by him with out any assistance. How many goals is gonna bounce off him before the series is over!
Like most, im at a loss for words right now!!! UNBELIEVABLE.......

stb_steeler
05-08-2013, 10:11 AM
Oddawah tied it up with 23 seconds left in the game and then beat Montreal 3-2 in overtime.

Maybe Therrien will be available soon.

I wanna see Mario and Shero come down outta the booth and into the locker room and take turns screaming at Bylsma in front of the team, then send Fleury down to the minors. I've never been this mad over a hockey game before.

14 fucking goals in 3 games, this is where I'd have pulled him, goal #3

http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/2593983/fleuryLOL.gif

Fleury with the assist.....He shoots, he scores!

CrickRat23
05-08-2013, 11:53 AM
I was to pissed off to post anything last night. Now that I have cooled off a little here I go. Flower was just down right pathetic. The Pens are turning the puck over way too much. The Isles look like they want it way more than the Pens do. With that being said, it is now a three game series and the Pens have home ice advantage. Get your heads out of your asses and put the Isles away. There is just too much talent on this Pens team to go out like this.

stb_steeler
05-08-2013, 12:32 PM
I was to pissed off to post anything last night. Now that I have cooled off a little here I go. Flower was just down right pathetic. The Pens are turning the puck over way too much. The Isles look like they want it way more than the Pens do. With that being said, it is now a three game series and the Pens have home ice advantage. Get your heads out of your asses and put the Isles away. There is just too much talent on this Pens team to go out like this.

I cant imagine what the reports will be like if they lose the rest of the way!
Ive been hearing that saying " Islanders want it more" for the last 2 games.
I cant see the Pens slacking just to lose......

NSMaster56
05-08-2013, 01:05 PM
14 fucking goals in 3 games, this is where I'd have pulled him, goal #3

http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/2593983/fleuryLOL.gif

Pretty much.

There's no point to riding and dying with MAF like this.

SteelCityMom
05-08-2013, 01:40 PM
Well, this is good news, IMO...but I didn't expect him to announce it at all.

Vokoun to start Game 5 for Penguins
Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 1:35 PM / Penguins vs Islanders - 2013 SCP Conference Quarterfinals
NHL.com

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma announced Wednesday that Tomas Vokoun would start in goal for Game 5 of his team's Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series that resumes Thursday at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

"Tomas is capable of being a great goalie for us," Bylsma said.

Vokoun last started a playoff game in 2006-07 as a member of the Nashville Predators. He is 3-8-1 with a 2.47 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in 11 playoff appearances. In his first season with the Penguins, the 36-year-old goalie went 13-4-0 with a 2.45 GAA and .919 save percentage in 20 games this season.

Vokoun will replace Marc-Andre Fleury, who is 2-2 with a 3.40 GAA and .891 save percentage. He allowed six goals on 24 shots in Game 4.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=669828&navid=DL|NHL|home

stb_steeler
05-08-2013, 01:54 PM
NOW QUIT TURNING THE PUCK OVER!!!

Lokki
05-08-2013, 02:19 PM
NOW QUIT TURNING THE PUCK OVER!!!

This. They turn it over more than Mark Sanchez & Tony Romo combined.

Fire Haley
05-08-2013, 02:27 PM
You know, I don't want to be the bad guy hating on Fleury, he's a good guy, totally broken and dejected post game interview

http://video.penguins.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=246732

What Vokoun did when he stood up and ripped his teammates for playing stupid hockey. I don't think it's in Fleury's personality to do things like that. He just seems like too nice of a guy.

stb_steeler
05-08-2013, 02:40 PM
Regardless of who we like to blame, the whole team isnt playing up to par.
They keep saying the Islanders are a young team and it seems to show because the Pens seem not to be able to keep up!

Bayz101
05-08-2013, 02:41 PM
They have no intentions of putting this one away, do they? This shit will go down to the last game.

Fire Haley
05-08-2013, 02:57 PM
They have no intentions of putting this one away, do they? This shit will go down to the last game.

You talking Pens or Isles?

I feel like it's 3-1 Islanders, from the way they've been playing, but it's only 2-2.

And if we win I don't want to hear anyone calling it a smart move by Bylsma – it’s his only move. I feel for Fleury but he’s lost his head completely.

He's got the 1st rd yips, for sure

Lokki
05-08-2013, 04:08 PM
I'm just in total shock and disbelief. After the 5-0 dominance of Game 1, I thought that this series was going to be cake, as it should have been. But now, I feel like we are lucky to be 2-2 at this point. As Killer said, it could easily be 3-1. They better get things right and quick. If we lose game 5, I don't think we come back and win the series.

Bayz101
05-08-2013, 04:19 PM
You talking Pens or Isles?

I feel like it's 3-1 Islanders, from the way they've been playing, but it's only 2-2.

And if we win I don't want to hear anyone calling it a smart move by Bylsma – it’s his only move. I feel for Fleury but he’s lost his head completely.

He's got the 1st rd yips, for sure

I thought after game one it was over. If we lose Thursday, I think it's over, and not for the Isles.

NSMaster56
05-08-2013, 06:31 PM
Four things:

1. SO glad Vokoun is in.
2. Don't get the 'Fire Dan!' talk. Yes, the Pens have been lackluster in the playoffs since they won it all in 09, but Bylsma is a good coach. Who are you replacing him with? Lindy Ruff? Scotty Bowman ain't walking through those doors...
3. Likewise, any 'trade Geno!' cries are silly. Yes, he's a pouty teenager at times, but he's a top-3-to-5 player. Look at the Nash trade; you're not going to get good return for a player like him. Just relax, folks.
4. It's funny to see this outrage over MAF, because it just goes to show that even if a goalie like Lou (who is a fair comparison to Flower) won one he'd still be subject to criticism. Not saying it isn't justified, just saying... it's funny to see how little to nothing changes based on conditions that we think would.

sluggermatt15
05-08-2013, 07:40 PM
I'm just in total shock and disbelief. After the 5-0 dominance of Game 1, I thought that this series was going to be cake, as it should have been. But now, I feel like we are lucky to be 2-2 at this point. As Killer said, it could easily be 3-1. They better get things right and quick. If we lose game 5, I don't think we come back and win the series.

IMO it's all about Game 6. Regardless of what happens in Game 5, the sixth game of the series is critical for 2 reasons:

1. If a team (wins Game 5 then) wins Game 6, the series is over.
2. If a team loses Game 5, wins Game 6, then it's a winner take all seventh game.

We saw this with the Penguins against Tampa Bay 2 years ago and Montreal 3 years ago. Pens were up 3-2 against the Canadiens, lost Game 6 by the skin of their teeth, then laid a complete egg in Game 7. As with Tampa, the Pens lost Games 5 and 6, and choked in Game 7.

Bottom line is the Pens need Game 6 more than Game 5, but a G5 victory would be GREAT. Just my two cents.

Fire Haley
05-08-2013, 08:24 PM
Four things:

1. SO glad Vokoun is in.



well, you got one right


2. Don't get the 'Fire Dan!' talk. Yes, the Pens have been lackluster in the playoffs since they won it all in 09, but Bylsma is a good coach. Who are you replacing him with?

Maybe you think just getting to the playoffs is good enough, That won't work in Steeltown. Three 1st rd exits in a row won't cut it with this team of "superstars".

Disco Dan loses another one you're damn right he'll be on the hotseat. I'd take Therrien back in a heartbeat, light some fire under these guys.

3. Likewise, any 'trade Geno!' cries are silly. Yes, he's a pouty teenager at times, but he's a top-3-to-5 player.

He looked good in the KHL where he can play hero hockey every night, score a goal, then float around for the rest of the game - oh wait, that's him now

4. It's funny to see this outrage over MAF, Not saying it isn't justified, just saying...

If you watched him meltdown and lose last year to the Flyers in the same exact way in the 1st rd the last thing you'd be doing is laughing.

Get Luongo out of his contract and go after him. Maybe the Canucks would even be willing to take Fleury in trade

NSMaster56
05-08-2013, 09:26 PM
I'd take Therrien back in a heartbeat, light some fire under these guys.

What has he done to prove that he's a better coach than Bylsma?

He looked good in the KHL where he can play hero hockey every night, score a goal, then float around for the rest of the game - oh wait, that's him now

Hart trophy last year. Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe 08-09. Point per game player every year but 10-11 (the year Sid went down). >Point per game in the playoffs for his career...

Good, maybe? :noidea:

If you watched him meltdown and lose last year to the Flyers in the same exact way in the 1st rd the last thing you'd be doing is laughing.

Get Luongo out of his contract and go after him. Maybe the Canucks would even be willing to take Fleury in trade

You misunderstood what I was saying. MAF deserves criticism for his play. Except for a solid TB series two years ago he's been a catastrophe since the Montreal Meltdown.

I was merely pointing out how winning a Cup doesn't mean jack to a players legacy. Flaws are flaws and people will complain about player X regardless of their accomplishments.

Heck, Bylsma is one of the most accomplished coaches of the decade and Geno one of the most accomplished players of the decade and people have extreme vitriol toward them.

In sports, 'what have you done for me lately?' prevails.

Fire Haley
05-08-2013, 11:42 PM
What has he done to prove that he's a better coach than Bylsma?

We had him for two years, he wasn't bad - he's a hard ass. Too bad if the players don't like getting their diva asses bag skated into the ground for mistakes.

Bylsma prepares his team like they are robots, they play with no passion in the playoffs......We'll just "play our game" and everyone will fall at our feet in awe.

That's his only plan. Arrogance. Teams that aren't intimidated by this ruse attack his non-existant defensive strategy and win.

Philly figured it out last year, and now the Isles.




Hart trophy last year. Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe 08-09. Point per game player every year but 10-11 (the year Sid went down). >Point per game in the playoffs for his career...Good, maybe?


Of course he's good - but this ain't the regular season where mistakes don't matter - his lazy half-ass plays cost us 2 goals directly this last game - he only wants to play offense, and takes stupid childish penalties whenever his 1 on 4 bulldozer runs lead to turnovers and embarassment.

The Cup is the only trophy that matters - take that shit back to Russia and shine your medals there



I was merely pointing out how winning a Cup doesn't mean jack to a players legacy.

In sports, 'what have you done for me lately?' prevails.

The Cup means everything.

This is hockey - the regular season doesn't matter - what you did 4 years ago doesn't matter.

It's all about The Cup.

Now maybe if we can pull out a win in this series Fleury might come come back and get his act together - but I don't see it right now.

and yes

It's all about The Cup

I thought you said you were a hockey fan, I shouldn't have to tell you that

Fire Haley
05-09-2013, 12:37 AM
anyway - the hell with the Penguins, they are just pissing me off

http://oi42.tinypic.com/2zqvfpe.jpg



Rangers tied up their series with the Caps

...and the poor Leafs had 100 chances but lose to Boston in OT.....now that was a game to watch

Atlanta Dan
05-09-2013, 08:32 AM
Now maybe if we can pull out a win in this series Fleury might come come back and get his act together - but I don't see it right now.

Agreed that he probably is cooked - this Wall Street Journal article puts in perspective the epic nature of Fleury's awfulness

After giving up 14 goals over his last three games, Fleury is the latest member of the 40-7 Club. Since 1990, he's one of just five NHL goalies to unfurl a 10-game playoff stretch in which he's allowed a total of at least 40 goals and surrendered four or more goals in at least seven games.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324244304578471193207604014.html

SteelCityMom
05-09-2013, 09:53 AM
Bylsma is indeed coaching for his job right now. Therrian was fired the season after making the SCF's because they were struggling...so they won't hesitate to do it with Bylsma. This isn't like football, you don't get nearly as much leeway.

And bringing Therrian back isn't even an option that should be spoken. Not only would Shero and Mario not do it, but Montreal isn't going to let him go (not yet anyway).

Who would be a viable option if Bylsma goes? Who knows...it wouldn't be some big name like Ruff though. There is a growing trend of hiring coaches within the organization, so maybe it would be John Hynes, or Granato or Rierden. Outside of the organization, maybe Patrick Roy (off the top of my head, he would be my top choice).

Hopefully none of it has to happen, and the team gets turned around. But make no mistake, another embarrassing exit out of the playoffs and Bylsma is toast.

Fire Haley
05-09-2013, 10:08 AM
Of course Bylsma's refusal to pull Fleury from games with Vokoun waiting in the wings is inexcusable.

Shero should be pissed, that's why we got him - for the playoffs.

2 goals - 3 goals I don't care - If he looks like shit - pull him!

and how many times do I have to say it


Get Iginla off LW on Malkin's line!!!!! - it hasn't worked from Day 1 - and put some speed back on the 4th line - Bylsma has an all-star line-up and still fucks it up royally
- who starts Tanner Glass every game ??? who???

we finally get Sid a winger - and he NEVER puts them together - unreal

fuck it, I'm taking over this team

Dupuis - Sid - Iggy
Kunitz - Geno - Neal
Morrow - Sutter - Cooke
Adams - Vitale - Bennett/TK

Fire Haley
05-09-2013, 10:27 AM
Agreed that he probably is cooked - this Wall Street Journal article puts in perspective the epic nature of Fleury's awfulness

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324244304578471193207604014.html

Nice article - and we forget while Fleury has been giving up 14 goals - Nabby has given up 17.

If he can take any consolation out of this series, maybe it is this: Through those four games, he had a higher save percentage (.860) than his counterpart, the Islanders' Evgeni Nabokov (.846).


did you hear? there was an optional skate for the Isles yesterday

Bylsma gave his country club team the day offf

SteelCityMom
05-09-2013, 10:27 AM
Vitale is injured. Glass is in over TK because he brings more physicality (or did in the regular season at least). Other than that, I like those lines.

My 4th line would be Glass-Adams-Bennett

SteelCityMom
05-09-2013, 10:35 AM
.....

Fire Haley
05-09-2013, 10:38 AM
Vitale is injured.

I don't think so, where did you get that?


Come on boys, we have to win this game. Hopefully defense will play much much better than in Game 4.

Who said it? Pens in 6!

http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/images/smilies/Pittsburgh_Penguins_logo_s.png

sluggermatt15
05-09-2013, 11:08 AM
I think it's a tough call on Bylsma right now. He's been a very successful coach since he took over in spring 2009. Shero and Lemieux have armed him with some of the best players in the game and provided him with very glorious and generous opportunities - for example, look at the deals Shero pulled at this year's trade deadline. On one hand, as NSMaster pointed out, Disco Dan has the credentials of a successful coach - a championship, division title, playoffs every season, this year's #1 seed in the East. But he also has high expectations. IMO the expectation for the Penguins is to compete for the Cup year in and year out. Last year's performance did not reflect that. Thus far in the 2013 playoffs it does not look like he has his boys playing up to that level of play necessary to win the Cup. So really, IMO, it's an interesting situation and I will be intrigued to see what happens when the playoffs are done.

But for now, I hope this team wakes up tonight with Vokoun in net. A solid effort for 60 minutes will need to be had.

LET'S GO PENS!

stb_steeler
05-09-2013, 11:11 AM
I don't think so, where did you get that?


Come on boys, we have to win this game. Hopefully defense will play much much better than in Game 4.

Who said it? Pens in 6!

http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/images/smilies/Pittsburgh_Penguins_logo_s.png

Most had the Pens in a sweep at 4 games....:doh:

SteelCityMom
05-09-2013, 11:17 AM
I don't think so, where did you get that?


Come on boys, we have to win this game. Hopefully defense will play much much better than in Game 4.

Who said it? Pens in 6!

http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/images/smilies/Pittsburgh_Penguins_logo_s.png

Post #192 of this thread. That was copied and pasted from that days (May 7th) morning skate. (from the official Pens site)

http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/player/joe-vitale/injuries/720490?q=joe-vitale

He is back on the ice today though.

MORNING SKATE INFO
All the Pens hit the ice for the morning skate. Everyone accounted for.

From the morning skate line rushes it looks like there are a few changes. Neal has moved to left wing while Iginla has shifted to right wing. Also the fourth line had Adams, Vitale and Kennedy. IF Vitale plays that would add some speed that the Penguins have lacked against the Islanders. Lastly, Despres skated with Letang.

Here are the rushes:
Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis
Neal-Malkin-Iginla
Morrow-Sutter-Cooke
Adams-Vitale-Kennedy
Glass-Jokinen-Bennett
(Jeffrey)

Orpik-Martin
Murray-Niskanen
Despres-Letang
Eaton-Engelland
(Bortuzzo)

PP 1: Letang, Iginla, Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz/Neal
PP 2: Niskanen, Martin, Dupuis, Kennedy, Morrow

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=669887&navid=DL|PIT|home

stb_steeler
05-09-2013, 11:18 AM
anyway - the hell with the Penguins, they are just pissing me off

http://oi42.tinypic.com/2zqvfpe.jpg



Rangers tied up their series with the Caps

...and the poor Leafs had 100 chances but lose to Boston in OT.....now that was a game to watch

Watched the Boston/Leafs game....usually thats how hockey is played :wink02:

SteelCityMom
05-09-2013, 11:33 AM
I was (forced) to watch the Isle's feed last game, and they were talking about how Kyle Okposo is playing so much better than he had been in the past. He went to see a sports psychologist a couple months ago, and it's obviously helped him a lot as a player.

I wonder if something like that wouldn't be beneficial to Fleury. Fleury's saving grace used to be how quickly he could rebound from bad play and that just hasn't been the case the past few years, especially in the playoffs. It's either that or get him a new goalie coach, because something just isn't working right now.

Fire Haley
05-09-2013, 12:19 PM
My main issue with Bylsma is not putting Vokoun in to start the third period after Fleury let in that ridiculous Okposo shot from behind the net to tie it with about a minute left in the second. That's when I started yelling at the tee-vee.

That was the very moment Fleury's playoffs should have ended. Instead, Bylsma kept him in there and we saw him crap the bed in the third period.

Who knows? Maybe with Vokoun in for the third, we'd be talking about a 3-1 Pens lead in the series rather than raging over Fleury's meltdown and having a tied series

Lokki
05-09-2013, 04:07 PM
File this under W for WTF....

However I got a good chuckle out of it. I'm too worried about tonight's game. I don't want to lose tonight as I'm not confident that we can win games 6 & 7.

https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/7439284736/h966AB3B9/

SteelCityMom
05-09-2013, 04:54 PM
File this under W for WTF....

However I got a good chuckle out of it. I'm too worried about tonight's game. I don't want to lose tonight as I'm not confident that we can win games 6 & 7.

https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/7439284736/h966AB3B9/

Haha! Those are the green men, Force and Sully, that attend Canucks games. They just taunt guys in the penalty box.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YLnQWHA7CA

Fire Haley
05-09-2013, 05:55 PM
fuck it, I'm taking over this team

Dupuis - Sid - Iggy
Kunitz - Geno - Neal
Morrow - Sutter - Cooke
Adams - Vitale - Bennett/TK

Looking like Vitale and Kennedy will be in, and Jokinen and Glass will be out.


woo-hoo!

management is finally taking my advice.....now I'm nevrous - this is my first head coaching gig - don't fuck it up boys.

SteelCityMom
05-09-2013, 06:25 PM
Looking like Vitale and Kennedy will be in, and Jokinen and Glass will be out.


woo-hoo!

management is finally taking my advice.....now I'm nevrous - this is my first head coaching gig - don't fuck it up boys.

I have no clue why they would take Jokinen out in favor of Kennedy, but whatever.

Glad to see Vitale is back in and fully healthy. Hope he's ready.

NSMaster56
05-09-2013, 06:41 PM
Bylsma prepares his team like they are robots, they play with no passion in the playoffs......We'll just "play our game" and everyone will fall at our feet in awe.

That's his only plan. Arrogance. Teams that aren't intimidated by this ruse attack his non-existant defensive strategy and win.

That's true. It's very frustrating to watch.

Just not sure Therrien in particular could do better. He lost this team once and he's not producing thus far 'when it matters' with the Habs.

And like SC said, it's unlikely he'll be available anyways; so this is all a moot point.

...but this ain't the regular season where mistakes don't matter - his lazy half-ass plays cost us 2 goals directly this last game - he only wants to play offense, and takes stupid childish penalties whenever his 1 on 4 bulldozer runs lead to turnovers and embarassment.

Again, true.

Still, heading into yesterday's action Geno led the league in playoff points. Surely two-way play matters, but you can't pin large, if any, amounts of blame on Geno compared to Flower.

MAF is the goat here, plain and simple. Geno frustration is residual nonsense.

It's all about The Cup...I shouldn't have to tell you that

Obviously the Cup is what matters most.

All I was pointing out is that the only difference right now between MAF and Roberto Luongo is that MAF has actually WON a Cup, but that doesn't matter.

He's still getting (justifiably) reamed.

It's merely an unfortunate reality.

NSMaster56
05-09-2013, 09:18 PM
Pens about to be one win away from advancing and the Habs look toast.

Great night.

Lokki
05-09-2013, 09:53 PM
Very pleased with this game tonight. I think Flower will be sitting for a while.

SteelCityMom
05-09-2013, 10:18 PM
What a great game! Glad we decided to head down to the big screen again tonight (our last trip was much more disappointing lol).

I think my only complaint would be that Malkin needs to just reign himself in. He needs to stop letting people agitate him. Other than that it was great. Goalie change and line changes worked out great.

Hopefully they can end this series on Saturday! :tt03::tt03: