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On location: Penguins 4, Islanders 0, Game 5

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game 5: Penguins vs. New York Islanders, Stanley Cup playoffs, first round

Series: 2-2.

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

TV, radio: Root Sports, MSG Plus (New York), WXDX-FM 105.9

Here is the official live box score.

Here is TribLIVE’s Penguins page. Rob Rossi, Josh Yohe and I are covering.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. MadTurk says:

    Let’s go Pens? HIT SOMEONE and SHOOT the Puck!

  2. Pucknutz says:

    GO PENS !!!!

  3. Bizrow says:

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  4. Bizrow says:

    + 1 gazillion

  5. blazer says:

    New Mexico list for me please.

  6. Eric Bowser says:

    Penguins expected lineup

    1st: Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
    2nd: Neal – Malkin – Iginla
    3rd: Morrow – Sutter – Cooke
    4th: Kennedy – Vitale – Adams

    DP1: Orpik – Martin
    DP2: Despres – Letang
    DP3: Murray – Niskanen

    Starter – Vokoun
    Backup – Fleury

    Glass, Jokinen, Jeffrey, Eaton, Engelland, Bortuzzo, and Hartzell

    Using the same 12 forwards expected to play tonight, the lines should be…

    1st: Dupuis – Crosby – Iginla
    2nd: Kunitz – Malkin – Neal
    3rd: Cooke – Sutter – Kennedy
    4th: Morrow – Vitale – Adams

  7. Jonathan says:

    Gut feeling: Penguins get down to business tonight. 2 goals from the Malkin line, definitely a goal from a defenseman – I’m feeling Martin – and a 7-2 Penguins WIN.

    Anyone else want to make a prediction or is that to jinxy?

  8. theplanisworking says:

    Being everyone is screaming SHOOT THE PUCK and HIT SOMEBODY, my prediction is:


  9. Eric Bowser says:

    Jonathan – Holy crap, I’d love to see a blowout but I’ll just be happy with a Pens victory.

  10. theplanisworking says:

    Well, Disco Duck has made some changes. Hope they work.

    But this Hippo needs some help with THE truly important thing tonight…………..

    which one for me……… Iced Tea, or Fruit Punch?? ;)

  11. Milo Hamilton says:

    I read a story today about a man that survived being swallowed by a hippo.

  12. Jonathan says:

    I have a small gambling issue and I might have put some money on the Pens winning by 5+, soooooo…

  13. theplanisworking says:

    That made my day, so far!

    Hippos have become increasingly hostile towards humans the past 10 years or so, due to humans hunting them.

    I would never do such a thing……… too great a risk of acid reflux. ;)

  14. Eric Bowser says:

    are you serious, you put $ on 5+ win? Wow… I’m hoping the payout on that is pretty big to take that risk.

    Let’s say the Penguins get 35 shots on goal, with Nabokov’s .846 save %, that’s 5.3 goals… to get 7-2 win, at his sv% that would be 46 shots on goal.

    Good luck

  15. Pucknutz says:

    I like the “gut” feeling – need to get down to business – keep it simple.
    As much as I like the sound of 7-2, I would be happy w/ a 1-0 win.

    Nah, I am lyin bout that – a 1-0 game would have me a quivering mass of nervous half melted Jello! :)

    GO PENS!!

  16. Milo Hamilton says:

    Could you imagine losing 2 years in a row to goalies that have played so stinky ?

  17. Sarah says:

    Stan Savran had an interesting take, in contrast to Starkeys fairly optimistic column.

    Said this is an enormous crossroads for the whole franchise.
    Not just MAF, or Malkin or Bylsma.

    The whole franchise.

    I agree.

  18. Sarah says:

    It could happen.

  19. Sarah says:

    Well glad Iggy is on RW at least. Apparently that happened in practice when Neal waved Iggy over to RW.
    Was this the players decision? Or Bylsma’s?

  20. Eric Bowser says:

    Tomas Vokoun had .919 save percentage during regular season while Evgeni Nabokov has .846 save percentage in the first four games.

    If the Penguins can just get the same quality performance out of Vokoun as he gave during the regular season, they should have a 2 goal advantage with just the goalie matchup as Nabokov has shown little in the way of stopping shots up high, glove side.

  21. theplanisworking says:

    Stan has been around for a day or 2………… I trust his judgement.
    That being said, that is a HUGE statement for him to make.

    I honestly feel, that if the Pens lose this series, or the next one if they advance, that Bylsma and Fleury are gone. Then they have to decide what to do with Malkin. I think they keep him, but nothing is out of the question if an early exit awaits.

    Sloution to this………….. WIN THE CUP !!!!!!!!!!! :)

  22. theplanisworking says:

    Nabokov is not a good playoff goalie.
    We cannot lose to this guy.

  23. Eric Bowser says:

    I wasn’t there and first I’m reading of that but if that’s true, I don’t have much hope for Bylsma coaching the players up on a few adjustments in term of their defensive coverage back-checking and puck retrieval.

  24. Sarah says:

    Hear ya. Little faith in DB for me. For a couple yrs now. Sigh.
    Man I hope they win tonight. I cant take this.

  25. Jonathan says:

    I have no faith in Nabokov and I think Vokoun will steady the ship tonight. The other big bet I made this series was 3+ combined goals in the first period of game one. Guess which game of the four was the only one where that didn’t happen. I’m due and so are the Penguins :-)

  26. Pucknutz says:

    Stan may very well correct.
    I hate to throw out the “important game” cliche but…. the Pens need to play well and put this nightmare of a NY team away. NOW.

    GO PENS!!

  27. Jonathan says:

    whoops. it didnt happen in game four – selective amnesia for that game, i reckon.

  28. Jonathan says:

    1-0 would give all of Pittsburgh a collective heart condition.

  29. JohninOshkosh says:

    I find it somewhat amusing how panicky Penguin fans are.

    Let me remind you that three years ago I was sitting with my brothers as we watched Iginla make an impossible pass to Crosby who made an impossible shot to crush my hopes of my nation winning its first gold medal in hockey in thirty years.

    The guys are winners and big game players. I bet there isn’t an once of fear or doubt or panic running through their veins. They will win this series.

  30. Eric Bowser says:

    Keys to Victory

    1) Vokoun must play within himself, avoid the emotional rollercoaster that affected Fleury
    2) Puck retrieval by defense has to be fluid, no lazy routes to the puck.
    3) Back-checking by forwards, no passengers, no fly-byes, take the right man.
    4) Limit turnovers reduces odd-man breaks, allows Pens to possess puck, pressure Isles D
    5) Shoot the puck… Nabokov’s .846 sv% is pathetic… no shot is a bad shot.

  31. theplanisworking says:

    #4 is the most important, IMO.

    Most of the isles goals have been due to turnovers.

    GO PENS !!!

  32. LGP says:

    Charleston, SC. Not sure if Charleston listed in NC is a typo.

  33. Milo Hamilton says:

    Can I add one ? When they dump it in, they have to start beating the Islanders to the puck. If their defensemen are cheating back to get there 1st, then make the adjustment & start carrying it in.

  34. theplanisworking says:

    yip. +1

  35. JohninOshkosh says:

    Regis didn’t tell Mark Streit to “have fun.”

    Certainly a good omen.

  36. Eric Bowser says:

    Agreed, they need to find the right balance between dumping the puck and carrying it over the line.

  37. Eric Bowser says:

    Cool, calm, collected…. that must be Tomas Vokoun tonight.

    Let’s Go Pens!

  38. Milo Hamilton says:

    With the complete and total unpredictability of the playoffs, how much you want to bet we see Fleury tonight.

  39. Eric Bowser says:


  40. Pucknutz says:

    Like you I am somewhat “amused” but I am not quite sure “panic” is the exactly the right word.
    Myself, I am more pissed off than panicked. Expectations are so high for this team (and rightly so) that anything other than complete domination is seen as catastrophic.

    My gut agrees w/your last paragraph. I have not unfastened the lifeboat covers “yet”.:)

    GO PENS!!!

  41. theplanisworking says:

    per DK tweet…………

    Iginla announced as starting on RIGHT wing. Well, that took a while.

  42. Pucknutz says:

    Shame on you Milo!!!

  43. JohninOshkosh says:

    Look at it this way. Had they swept the Islanders everyone would be talking about rust and long detrimental layoffs like Heat and Sharks fans have been stressing over…

    and so it begins…

  44. Brandie says:

    To infinity and beyond.

  45. Pucknutz says:

    You are sooooo right!!! :)

  46. Brandie says:

    We hear you Hipposter, and, hopefully we obey.

  47. Eric Bowser says:

    Vitale’s speed draws penalty but TK almost erases with late hit after whistle.

  48. Eric Bowser says:

    Penguins not learning their lesson…

    Neal gets post-whistle penalty as they cut to tv break.

  49. Brandie says:


    Welcome back from the land of Duh!

  50. Eric Bowser says:

    Sutter just standing around on PK…

  51. Jandy says:

    what she said

  52. Milo Hamilton says:

    Much, much different game than the 1st four. I think I’m sensing some nerves.

  53. theplanisworking says:

    BRANDIE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. Jandy says:

    go with the iced tea

  55. theplanisworking says:

    Vokoun standing tall so far!

  56. theplanisworking says:


    I went with the Punch. Figured it would help the Pens !! ;)

  57. Milo Hamilton says:

    And according to DK, some trapping.

    DK: Intermittently, that’s all.

  58. theplanisworking says:

    Hi Jandy.

    Good vibes needed at the Consol!

    Say 3 Hail Jandy’s and drink a Punch! ;)

  59. Jandy says:

    HIPPOSTER!!!!! :)
    Punch it is then :)

  60. theplanisworking says:

    After one period……………

    better goaltending……..
    far fewer turnovers………
    hits have increased………

    looking good so far.
    Just need to bury some pucks.

  61. theplanisworking says:

    I just love that Hipposter………. :D

  62. Milo Hamilton says:

    Ottawa are leading (that’s for our Canadian bloggers out there) after one period in Montreal 2-1.

  63. Eric Bowser says:

    Once Isles got their legs, they took the first period over with their puck pursuit.

    Penguins continue to be sloppy with the puck down low in the defensive zone as defensemen are panicking and moving the puck lazily around the boards to a forward that is standing still and all Isles are doing is attacking the boards, win the race to the puck and then quickly have another forward inside the zone for a one-timer. It happened at least four or five times in that period.

    Another concern, Isles are so quick, that they appear to have backed off the points and once the forward down low in the offensive zone tries to cycle the puck high, wall is shutoff and supporting forward gets to loose puck and carries it up the ice against a Penguins defensemen that looks shaky with their 1-on-1 skills and gives up the blue line.

    Had to laugh, just as Steigy & Errey are praising Malkin for his support high at the point with Letang pinching down low, on the puck retrieval at the defensive blueline, he sends a center ice pass that is easily cutoff and turned over to the Isles.

  64. Jandy says:

    he rocks

  65. Sarah says:

    What was that – 15 shots by NYI?

    Trying to be positive here but not encouraged if this was to be a defensive “tightening down”.

    Vokoun looks like he hasn’t played in awhile. Or practiced much (only 2 full practices since start of playoffs)…..seems to be struggling to track the pucks and lost rebounds in his pads a couple times.

    But the important part – no goals yet.

    Lots of energy from both sides I think.

    Other than that – I do not see the Pens dramatically taking over this game at all.

  66. Jandy says:

    I’m willin them to score so much my heart is pounding! VIBES!!

  67. Sarah says:

    Habs done. Fork time.

  68. Sarah says:

    Glad you’re feeling good Hippster!! Wish I could share.

    Too much sloppiness in our zone….again.

    Hope TV stands tall. He will have to. 14-15 shots that period?

  69. Eric Bowser says:

    Did Crosby play that period?

    Ok, I know he did but he wasn’t too noticeable.

  70. theplanisworking says:

    You are a goof!

  71. Jandy says:

    That space helmet he wears has to be a PITA. period.

  72. theplanisworking says:

    I am feeling good because we havent turned the puck over 50 times, leading to 2 Islander goals.

    I believe Vokoun will continue to stand tall.
    We just need a goal or 2……… then pressure the Islanders.

    Sloppiness is due to nerves, I believe.

  73. Sarah says:

    And that is the worst new thus far.

  74. Jandy says:

    I believe you’re right Sarah

  75. theplanisworking says:

    Need some of my heart meds???

  76. theplanisworking says:

    Didnt know you liked Greek food, Jandy……… ;)

  77. Sarah says:

    Really – I think our best hope to win this mess is for Sid to just take over via the force of his will. And after his injury and obviously losing weight/condition, not sure that is possible.

    I only wish I could have any expectation for Malkin to do the same, but I don’t.

  78. Jandy says:

    lol Hippo, you kill me :P

  79. Jandy says:

    I look for the fourth line to surprise us

  80. Jandy says:

    I need the Pens to score and play well

  81. Sarah says:

    I simply can’t listen to Errey/Steigy anymore. Just tune in Lange and 29. So much easier on the nerves.

  82. theplanisworking says:

    If you read my response to Milo above (he said he read today someone was swallowed by a Hippo), I wouldnt do such a thing………………. so you are safe! ;)

  83. theplanisworking says:

    Good or bad???

  84. Jandy says:

    Aint’ skeered o’ you :P

  85. Jandy says:

    If you say so, I’ll be a goof lol :P

  86. Sarah says:

    From your lips to the Hockey Gods ears, Jandy!

  87. Jandy says:


  88. theplanisworking says:

    HAIL JANDY !!! :D

  89. Jandy says:

    Good of course, you silly Hipposter

  90. Brandie says:

    Jandster and Hipposter, willing the Pens to prominence.

  91. Jandy says:

    I’m trying as hard as i can!

  92. Milo Hamilton says:

    Tide is turning.

  93. Jandy says:

    Nice effort by Iginla…too bad it went wide

  94. theplanisworking says:

    Brandie, we need your will too!

    Hippos dont have wills of course, they dont like lawyers.

  95. Jandy says:

    Hipposter is on a roll lol

  96. Brandie says:

    Just call me Brandster…Good vibes it is!

  97. theplanisworking says:

    KENNEDY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  98. Jandy says:


  99. Eric Bowser says:


  100. Brandie says:

    TK love is in the house.

  101. Lad9 says:


  102. Milo Hamilton says:

    Something about selling one’s monkey.

  103. theplanisworking says:

    Jandy, they dont make a roll big enough for me to fit!!!!!!!!!! ;)

  104. Jandy says:


  105. Brandie says:

    Listening to the radio side on I heart radio…OK 29er, I can feel him salivating in my ear.

  106. theplanisworking says:

    He had a monkey? I thought he had a dog? Oh, that was Sam….

  107. Jandy says:


  108. theplanisworking says:

    MURRAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  109. Jandy says:


  110. Lad9 says:

    Thank you Nabokov!!!!!

  111. theplanisworking says:

    Need a napkin?? ;)

  112. Brandie says:

    Hipposter, you are an absolute genius.

  113. Jandy says:


  114. J Walter Weatherman says:

    I can’t get excited until they show that they can hold a lead.

  115. Jandy says:

    The Crank SHAFTS one in :)

  116. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    I freakin knew Kennedy would score. Oh well. I’ll take it.

  117. Jandy says:

    fine, we’ll enjoy the game then

  118. theplanisworking says:

    See what happens when you shoot the puck!?!?!

    NABOKOV SU**S !!!! :)

  119. Sarah says:

    OMG. I’m seriously not certain I even let in one that bad in all my beer league years. Good Lord Nabby. Seriously?

  120. theplanisworking says:

    + a whole bunch!

  121. Brandie says:

    Like lots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  122. Jandy says:

    You’d better be smiling lol

  123. Brandie says:

    What a sieve.

  124. Jandy says:


  125. theplanisworking says:

    and Arnold had the Turtle, right?

  126. Eric Bowser says:

    TK… whatever I said, please forgive me.

  127. Jandy says:

    That’s just kinky lol

  128. Brandie says:

    Swiss cheese.

  129. theplanisworking says:

    Eric, say some Hail Jandy’s. ;)

  130. Brandie says:

    Penance for previous TK blasphemy?

  131. Jandy says:


  132. Eric Bowser says:

    Who knew that Dupuis-Crosby-Iginla and Kunitz-Malkin-Neal would be two good lines?

  133. Kevin says:

    Disregarding the goal by TK, both him and Vitale have been balls of energy and grit out there so far. Puck hogging. TK gets loads of chances and he might miss 93% of the time but he knows how to work for the puck! Keep it up PENS!

  134. Brandie says:

    That’s hockey for ya!

  135. Jandy says:


  136. Brandie says:

    Finally, line decisions that make sense!

  137. Jandy says:

    sure, it’s custom!

  138. Jandy says:

    you gotta crystal ball, Milo?

  139. theplanisworking says:

    This Hippo just does not want to know!!! ;)

  140. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Holy poop.

  141. Sarah says:

    You think I’m kidding? :-D

  142. Brandie says:

    Or size 9’s are lethal.

  143. Jandy says:


  144. theplanisworking says:

    BING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  145. Eric Bowser says:

    Yes, I called out Sid…..

    and look…. LOOK

  146. Brandie says:

    The Crosby Show.

  147. theplanisworking says:

    SHARK???? WHERE????

  148. Jandy says:

    dam if that didn’t look like Mario cutting thru the two Islander on that statue!

  149. theplanisworking says:

    +1 for the 80’s reference! ;)

  150. Jandy says:

    are you enjoying it yet Mr Weatherman?

  151. Milo Hamilton says:

    Sometimes it works. :)

  152. Naje says:

    Same jersey, different players… very similar result to the Mario statue… eerily similar.

  153. Jandy says:


  154. theplanisworking says:

    I am ! :D

  155. Naje says:

    one great player to another… wow.

  156. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Holy Shid!

  157. Jandy says:

    haha naje see my post above

  158. Jandy says:

    shite even

  159. Jandy says:


  160. Jandy says:

    gave me goosebumps

  161. J Walter Weatherman says:

    I’ll look back at the game with excitement if they hold on and win.

  162. Sarah says:

    Mario-esque. Exquisite.

  163. Jandy says:

    me too

  164. theplanisworking says:


  165. Sarah says:

    Lunatics, we can relax. Look at it this way:
    Any result, win or lose, will be just.

  166. Jandy says:

    oh I believe you sarah!

  167. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Martin had good stick on that Tavares play. Too bad he got embarrassed AND undressed.

    He really didn’t actually.

  168. Jandy says:

    at least the boys are playing HOCKEY

  169. Milo Hamilton says:

    Everything seemed to change when Iginla started playing with Sid.

  170. Brandie says:

    Minus the tacky sweaters!

  171. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Just what?

  172. theplanisworking says:


  173. theplanisworking says:

    Well, you are a silly goose, so I guess it fits, eh?

  174. Milo Hamilton says:

    Just dance.

  175. Brandie says:

    Pepto Bylsma finally gets it right.

  176. theplanisworking says:

    Just hockey.

  177. Brandie says:

    Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you are the Charlie Browniest.

  178. Jandy says:

    OUCH. Sid can’t cut a break

  179. Sarah says:

    I mean just as in FAIR.
    If they win, they deserve it.

    If they manage to blow this and lose, they deserve it.


    We can relax.

  180. theplanisworking says:

    You are the Queen of the nicknames.

    I will be forever in your debt for the “Hipposter” !! 8-)

  181. Brandie says:

    Just For Men.

  182. Brandie says:

    It’s yours baby.

  183. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Lol I knew. Jandy calls me a peckerhead for a reason.

  184. theplanisworking says:

    Hippos dont need that……….. not enough hair!

  185. Jandy says:

    I’d love to :)

  186. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Nice period. Vokoun good enough. Would like to see defense tighten up a little more in 3rd, but playing better as game is progressing.

  187. Jandy says:

    +1 lolol

  188. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Or Letangs hair.

  189. Jandy says:


  190. Jandy says:

    don’t go there peckerhead :P

  191. Eric Bowser says:

    Keep the forechecking pressure on New York, puck stays low behind Nabokov, it will wear down their defense.

  192. Jandy says:


  193. theplanisworking says:

    After 2 periods…………

    Turnovers GREATLY reduced……. bout time, eh?
    Pens pressing the Isles……. bout time, eh?
    Vokoun is a wall back there………….. but D is doing a good job clogging the lanes.
    Isles still getting shots, but they are not quality shots. Give D credit there too.
    3 pucks buried!

    This is why I felt good after the 1st period. This game just feels different……….. maybe it is the team being more confident in Vokoun? Maybe its pressing the Isles in the offensive zone? I dont claim to know, but this is what should have happened in Game 4.

    One period to go.

    GO PENS !!!!!

  194. theplanisworking says:

    :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

  195. Sarah says:

    I bow to you Hippo!!!

  196. theplanisworking says:

    Dont bow to me, silly. Bow to the Pens.

    Overlooked in this is the changes Disco Duck made.
    I know a certain segment never wants to give him any credit, but it is working tonight.

    Oh, and Vokoun may be in goal til he falters.
    I mean, many games. But I dont want to get ahead of ourselves.

  197. JohninOshkosh says:


  198. Jandy says:


  199. Jandy says:


  200. JohninOshkosh says:

    Fire Byls……..

    Oh, never mind.

  201. Jandy says:


  202. Jandy says:

    That SHOULD have been goal #4

  203. theplanisworking says:

    you will have to help me count……….. Hippos cant count.

    Game 4 was a nightmare for me……….. too many goals. ;)

    My favorite athlete of all-time?? Why, Sixto Lezcano, of course……… ;)

  204. Danch70 says:

    Hmmm … When they build the Crosby statue, will there be four islanders out there.

  205. Jandy says:

    what a friggin p^ss^ Martin for the isles is

  206. theplanisworking says:

    TANGER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  207. Jandy says:


  208. Jandy says:

    Tanger :)

  209. Jandy says:


  210. Jandy says:

    you nut you lol

  211. theplanisworking says:

    Out here near where the Pond is, is Tanger Outlets.
    Pretty cool, huh?

  212. Jandy says:


  213. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    You don’t penalize Crankshaft. You just don’t.

  214. Jandy says:

    so how are the Pirates doing???

  215. Jandy says:

    BS call

  216. theplanisworking says:


  217. Jandy says:

    lol hey!!

  218. Danch70 says:

    Bylsma hit gold with every move he made. Kennedy and vitale have played inspired. And vokoun has made it look easy.

  219. Milo Hamilton says:

    That was a horrible call. How can it be interference when the guy was fiddling with the puck ?

  220. Jandy says:

    like I said BS call

  221. Danch70 says:

    It was ridiculous.

  222. theplanisworking says:

    Again, just a humble Hippo observation here…………….

    but that PK may be the most important thing in this period.
    I understand the Pens are up 4-0, but you dont want that team to get any momentum.
    Step on their necks, dont let them up.

    Or it could be the fruit punch talking…………

  223. Jandy says:

    Keep on talkin Hippo :)

  224. Jandy says:

    Friggin Malkin

  225. Vokoun. Vokoun. Vokoun.

  226. Drew71 says:

    You know. If you take away the losses, it’s still a sweep.


  227. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Vokoun is so much better than Fleury handling the puck. Makes a huge difference against an aggressive forechecking team like the Islanders.

  228. Jandy says:


  229. theplanisworking says:

    You know, if you take away the incontinence, its still a great poodle! ;)

  230. Jandy says:


  231. theplanisworking says:

    You enjoying this game yet?? ;)

  232. Danch70 says:

    Yes, it has really been valuable tonight. In so many ways, he just instilled valuable.

  233. Jandy says:

    ROFL! +100000000000

  234. Danch70 says:

    Confidence, I mean.

  235. theplanisworking says:

    + 92. :)

  236. Eric Bowser says:

    Bylsma’s decisions worked in this one.

    Vokoun, Kennedy, Vitale, Despres… then made another solid adjustment on breakouts, forwards did better back-tracking in D zone and FINALLY Iginla on RW with Sid and Dupuis.

  237. theplanisworking says:

    Thank You.
    Dont forget to try the veal, and dont forget to tip your waitress.

  238. Jandy says:


  239. Jandy says:

    Shut out for Vokoun!!! :) :) :)

  240. Eric Bowser says:

    hilarious to put Murray and Despres at forward in front of net during PP late in game.

  241. theplanisworking says:


  242. Lad9 says:

    Lets end it on the island! THAT was our Penguins.

  243. Jandy says:

    loved it :)

  244. Drew71 says:

    Tip her? Is that what the kids call it now?

    And PS. She was mean before she was incontinent. So no.

  245. Jandy says:


  246. theplanisworking says:

    Ensured there was no chippy play by the NYI. Great stuff!

  247. Milo Hamilton says:

    I don’t have to remind this crowd of the Penguins record in home 7th games. They have NEVER won a 7th game at home when they’ve lost game 6. Saturday is a must win.

  248. Jandy says:

    Catch you lunatics tomorrow :)

  249. theplanisworking says:

    night, Mother Teresa.

  250. Drew71 says:

    With the exception of a ton of soft goals in the last game, THAT was the almost Pens, too.

    Scored 4 in the playoffs and only gave up 24 shots. Sometimes they still looked passive, but hey. They were not terrible in game 4. The soft goals were terrible.

    I’ve been a pretty strong believer in MAF. I’m just trying to be honest.

    Look. If Eric can give credit to a coach he’s questioned, why can’t I point out the failings of a goalie I like?

  251. CWalton_67 says:


  252. Drew71 says:

    Fairly put, Eric.

  253. CWalton_67 says:

    This game changed when 12 and 87 started playing together. HCDB needs to get control of 71. He’s due for a breakout game if he can get his emotions under control.

    No changes. None.


  254. tcb says:

    So you are saying they would have “Hidden Viggorish” on their side. Alright.

  255. Eric Bowser says:

    Tonight’s lineup needs to stay intact until it fails.

  256. JohninOshkosh says:

    What’s the sample size on that Milo?

  257. MadTurk says:

    I agree when most people were hating on TK I wanted him in. He is a little like Joey Mullen was when he played. ( I know I said this before). He brings energy, north south game and not afraid to play in the dirty areaa’.

  258. Milo Hamilton says:

    They’re 2-6 in home 7th games. Both wins, they won the 6th game before it. All 6 losses, they lost the 6th game.

  259. Milo Hamilton says:

    This is a sore spot with me. Perhaps you could tell.

  260. theplanisworking says:

    With apologies to Sarah, Eric, Pucknuts, and anyone else who is far more able to break down games in great detail……….. I offer the following……

    Tonights game was won before the game. Goaltending change, 12 on 87’s line.
    Turnovers are the key to this series. Games 2 and 4, turnovers killed us. Other games, no. If we play a disciplined game saturday, we will win.

    Pressuring the Islanders in the offensive zone is key also. They turned the puck over tonight due to pressure. They also spent very little time in our zone the last 2 periods.

    Vokoun has the Isles number this year. He needs to stay in goal until he falters, whenever that may be.

    Keeping in mind that the Isles have the last change next game, it will be crucial for Disco Duck to get the proper people on the ice. But effort remains very important.

    I always joke that this Hippo likes to keep things simple. Tonight, the Pens kept it simple, and a great result occurred. We tend to over-analyze things sometimes………… but sometimes it is good to just go back to basics.

    Was it perfect tonight? No, especially the first period. But asd long as the Pens focus, we should be alright.

  261. theplanisworking says:


  262. Drew71 says:

    I know it’s a different sport and different context.

    But John Madden used to say that when a play worked, he’d run it over and over and over again until the other team proved they could stop it.

    So yeah. Let’s not out-clever ourselves.

    Run it out there until somebody can stop it.

  263. theplanisworking says:

    Milo, I know the Pens won game 7 in 91 vs the Devils.
    When was the other?

  264. Eric Bowser says:

    absolutely right on…

  265. JohninOshkosh says:

    Thanks. Feeling lazy tonight. Didn’t want to go to Lord Google. :)

  266. Milo Hamilton says:

    Caps in 1995. Both wins were shutouts.

  267. theplanisworking says:

    Could not remember that for the life of me.

  268. CWalton_67 says:

    And, Amen.

  269. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Lord Google, Lord Google, bring me the poodle!

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