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On location: Penguins 4, Islanders 3, OT, Game 6

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game 6: Penguins vs. New York Islanders, Stanley Cup playoffs, first round

Series: Penguins, 3-2.

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

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

Here is the official live box score.

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

And here are a few videos I shot from the teams’ morning skates, starting with Tomas Vokoun

And Matt Cooke

And John Tavares

And Mark Streit

The Penguins’ forward lines and defense pairings apparently will not change from Game 5, judging by drills at today’s skate. And, although Dan Bylsma would not address any aspect of the lineup, it was abundantly clear on and off the ice that  Vokoun will start again.

On the New York side, Frans Nielsen looks iffy for tonight. When Jack Capuano was asked about Nielsen, he was noncommital but added, “We have options.” That would be a big blow for the Islanders. Nielsen is their best defensive forward and one of their core speed guys.

In general, the Penguins’ room was about as calm/businesslike as I could recall before any playoff game since … wow, can’t even remember. Not sure what that might mean, just sharing.

Strongest quote of the morning came from Bylsma when asked if his team is treating this like an elimination game: “That is our mentality, that we don’t have six periods, we have just three.”

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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.

 
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