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Final: Islanders 5, Penguins 3


Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (47-23-6) vs. New York Islanders (32-33-11)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: Nassau County Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y.

TV, radio: Root Sports, 105.9 The X

Here is the official live summary.

Updates are on our Penguins page. Josh Yohe prepares for the long walk across the parking lot from the world’s loneliest Marriott to the world’s gnarliest sports venue.


  1. JohninOshkosh says:

    Boy that description of the walk from the Marriott through the parking lot and to the Coliseum sounds like the establishing shot at the beginning of a David Lynch movie. Think I’ll go to my dark bedroom and drink some Pabst Blue Ribbons.

  2. Eric Bowser says:

    Another Super Duper Luper…. seriously, get that dog a bone!

    Unbelievable to see Dupuis produce at this level considering his hard work pressuring the puck all over the ice and difficult ice time on the penalty-kill.

  3. Bizrow says:

    The Pens are packing things in for the playoffs

  4. Eric Bowser says:

    When Dan Bylsma figures out how to get a power-play to produce goals with Sidney Crosby on the ice, it’ll be the first time. The Penguins cannot win the Cup with Crosby at the point on the power-play, just will not happen.

  5. Dave J says:

    My goodness, the Pens play so soft anymore. I understand how difficult it must be to be physical every game, but these guys haven’t hit anybody since the last Bruins game. The only goal produced thus far by Duper was a result of him hitting someone off the puck and causing a turnover. Of course, the way they are playing, they can’t catch up with anybody to hit them anyway.

  6. Dave J says:

    Wow, 4-1. They really suck tonight….again.

  7. Eric Bowser says:

    Bad stretch.

    Crosby returns, Bylsma thinks he has green light to mix and match forward and defense combinations like chemistry means nothing. The power-play was starting to heat up and then with Crosby’s return, Bylsma forced him to the left-point and it has done nothing for the team but cause problems.

    The mix-n-match game has to stop now, they’ve got 5 games left to prepare for the playoffs and get to playing their 3-center model for balanced scoring.

    Lines should be…
    Kunitz – Malkin – Neal
    Sullivan – Staal – Dupuis
    Cooke – Crosby – Kennedy
    Asham – Vitale – Adams

    Orpik – Letang
    Martin – Michalek
    Despres – Niskanen

    PP1: Kunitz-Malkin-Neal-Letang-Sullivan
    PP2: Cooke-Crosby-Dupuis-Niskanen-Despres

    This isn’t the end of the world but you can’t go into the playoffs struggling or else, we’re going to see another repeat of Montreal and Tampa Bay pulling off an upset.

  8. JoeBucco says:

    @DK – now that I’ve discovered the tags you are using, can I make a suggestion to separate out the ‘game thread’ tags to specify ‘Pirate game thread’ versus ‘Pens game thread’ and that sort of thing? Makes a much cleaner filter when I sort.

    DK: Well, I currently put Game Thread and Pirates. If you click Pirates, Joe, you really won’t turn up much else. I’m mostly doing Wakeup Call and Game Threads with few exceptions.

  9. mike says:

    Dan Bylsma’s motto: If it ain’t broke, then break it.

    I hated the idea of Crosby playing with Kennedy, I really did. BUT, the day Sidney Crosby came back to this team, it already was a cup contender that was playing the best hockey out there, that had a real swagger to it, that had the best first line in hockey, and that had a second line with Staal centering Sullivan and Dupuis that had helped Staal emerge as a real offensive threat.

    So, Crosby comes back, and Bylsma put him with Cooke and Kennedy. The team smoked the Rangers and the Devils in consecutive games and then beat itself in Philly (and this was with Sid getting a ton of chances and the interstellar goalie standing on his head).

    As they have been prone to do, they started getting a little loose defensively, but they still were winning. Instead of focusing on the defensive play, Bylsma kept juggling lines, taking away from the flow of the lines. Where Malkin’s line was the one he’d throw out again and again, it started being rolled pretty regularly. Where Staal had a comfort zone offensively and was making a real impact, his comfort level took a back seat.

    Then, the Tuesday game happened. It was time to tighten things up. Bylsma reamed the team. That should have been enough. But, like a Steelers organization that fires the offensive coordinator because the defense chokes, Bylsma used that game as a justification to break up a Malkin line that had 24 shots in that game (and then put Malkin and Neal with Sullivan, which redefined both Geno’s and Neal’s roles and had Malkin skating all night on his heels instead of attacking) and to put Staal quote ‘where he belongs’ with Cooke and Kennedy.

    And, what do you know, the Pens lose 5-3 again and look worse doing it.

    A week and a half ago, I thought that no team could beat the Pens but they could beat themselves. Now, I’ll add this: They also have to be concerned about Bylsma coaching them out of the playoffs.

    Between his messing up any cohesion or flow to the lines and what’s happened to the PP (it all flows through Sid again, to wonderful effect), Dejan was right with his tweet last night: Instead of reaming the team, maybe Bylsma should look in the mirror.

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