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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.”

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. JD says:

    Let’s Go Pens! End it tonight.

  2. DK: If you want to have some fun with the above post, click all four videos to play at pretty much the same time and see if you can pay attention to just one voice.

    (Yes, I’m bored.)

  3. Pucknutz says:


    GO PENS!!!

  4. Zico says:

    DK I know this is the Pens game thread, but do you think Hurdle will entertain Mercer getting some time at SS when Walker is back?

  5. I’ll answer for DK. Not a chance in $5,000,000.

  6. theplanisworking says:

    The end result would be worse than when me, and 3 friends reunited for the first time in 5 years at the state basketball championships in Hershey in March.

    We had a great time, but the result was similar to the above. :)

  7. theplanisworking says:


  8. BillyBaduka says:

    LET’S GO PENS!!!!

  9. theplanisworking says:

    This humble Hippos keys to Game 6……….Presented by the PPG Aquarium…… ;)

    Follow the same basic game plan as Game 5, however, D must be stronger tonight.

    Have to survive the first 8-12 minutes of the game……….Islanders have stated that they want to increase the pace…….. no turnovers, or cute passes. Have to stay even, or only be down one goal after one.

    As in game 5, periods 2 and 3 must be about pressuring the Islanders.

    Being the Isles have the last line change, Disco Duck has to get the proper players on the ice. He must make adjustments all game if necessary.

    Vokoun has been stellar against the Isles all year, another great effort is needed tonight.

    Finally, and I dont want to overstate this, is the Pens must win tonight. Game 7 is tomorrow night………… that helps the younger legs of the Islanders. Put an inferior opponent out when you have the chance. I do NOT want to see a repeat of 1993. If they focus, and play their game like games 1 and 5, they win tonight.

    GO PENS !!!!!!!!

  10. Pucknutz says:

    Nice set o keys there Hippo!!!

    GO PENS!!!

  11. TJ says:

    Time out 1:20 into the game?? I can appreciate wanting to make sure the guys are not tired but man I hope that does not come back to burn Bylsma

  12. theplanisworking says:

    Vokoun looked like he was screened on that…………

  13. Sarah says:

    Great coverage in the slot. Not.

  14. theplanisworking says:

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

  15. TK39 says:

    Looked like it may have been tipped too, couldnt tell.

  16. florida steeler says:

    What does this Murray guy bring to the team?? Did not even go after the puck prior to the Islander’s goal. Send him back.

  17. Jandy says:


  18. Jandy says:


  19. Jandy says:

    Don’t watch much Pens hockey do you?

  20. TK39 says:

    Anyone else see Iggy sitting to Sid’s right talking strategy? That can only mean good thing. Could be seeing some chemistry develop if we can make it out of this series.

  21. Jandy says:

    Iginla and Sid…great pairing

  22. Jandy says:


  23. theplanisworking says:

    Hippos get tipped.
    ‘Brings back bad memories……….. ;)

  24. theplanisworking says:

    JANDY !!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Jandy says:


  26. theplanisworking says:

    I sense a snark alert…….

  27. Jandy says:

    Remember to tip your waitress ;)

  28. theplanisworking says:

    How was the party? Hope is wasnt too soggy………… has rained for the past 2 days here.
    Hippos love water, but this is ridiculous……..

  29. Jandy says:

    Hey sarah :)

  30. TK39 says:

    I know it’s early but it looks like the Isles want to stand 3-4 guys on the blue line when the Pens breakout. May need to play a little dump and chase. Time for Kuny and Morrow to pound on the forecheck.

  31. Jandy says:

    Rained here too, so we had it indoors. It was nice…and i got to see my granddaughter too, always a joy :)

  32. theplanisworking says:

    This is why I say the Pens have to dump it in and pressure the Isles.
    Great results happened in Game 5 when this occurred. :)

  33. Sarah says:

    Hey J!

  34. theplanisworking says:

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, a mini-me, huh? ;)

    We need your good vibes here, Jandy.

    Room seems a little quiet tonight. Dont want to have a Hippo moment here, and scare everyone off………

  35. Jandy says:

    :sending strong vibes:

  36. theplanisworking says:

    Sarah! Hiya!

  37. theplanisworking says:

    Only if you try the veal. ;)

  38. Jandy says:


  39. theplanisworking says:

    Gotta give credit to the Islanders on that one. :(

  40. Sarah says:

    Welcome to Pens D Tomas. Good God.

  41. Sarah says:

    Disagree. Poor coverage. That’s on the Pens.

  42. theplanisworking says:

    I think that was a testament to the Islanders effort. They didnt quit.
    Yes, a Dman should have been in front of the net too.

  43. Jandy says:

    I hope someone rips into these guys in the locker room

  44. florida steeler says:

    I watch as much as you do and the guy is slow and made no effort at our end of the ice. He can not keep up with the Islander speed–as slow as Eaton. I don’t care how tough you think he is . Watch the game and his performance. He and Paul Martin play in slow motion against these guys.

  45. Sarah says:

    No question great effort by the Isles. But that is two goals from directly in front, open guys.
    No excuse.

  46. Jandy says:

    I love veal

  47. Sarah says:

    I think the really interesting thing will be to see if TV can just maintain a steady mentality, and not meltdown a la Fleury.
    That is the ONLY way he can separate himself from MAF, cos he won’t make the circus saves. He MUST be steady here and not implode.

  48. Jandy says:


  49. TK39 says:

    Does CEC have something going on Monday night? It seems odd they the NHL wants to do back-to-back nights in the playoffs unless arena availability is an issue. Hopefully they win tonight and it doesnt matter anyway but I’m just curious.

  50. theplanisworking says:

    After one period……………..

    Pens D looked shaky again in that period. Some of it has to do with the Isles effort, some not. This looks similar to period one of Game 5.

    Vokoun really didnt look bad on the goals he gave up.

    Pens did not dump the puck in enough, and pressure the Islanders. Few turnovers, so that bodes well for the remainder of the game.

    Disco Duck has to make adjustments on D, but overall not a horrible period. We did well surviving the first 10 minutes. That late goal hurt, but I see no reason to panic. Again, key is effort.

  51. florida steeler says:

    Announcers on NBC comment “the Penguins are playing like they are disinterested.” Yep, our defense is letting them skate right through us and we can’t get the puck out of our end.
    Is it time to admit that the Islanders are the better team???

  52. theplanisworking says:

    Need me to sit on someone??? ;)

  53. theplanisworking says:


  54. theplanisworking says:


  55. Sarah says:

    Nah I’m w Jandy. They need ripped a new ahole between periods.

  56. Jandy says:

    Malkin will do for starters lol

  57. theplanisworking says:


    Better at chess?

    They are the faster team, not better.

  58. Jandy says:


  59. florida steeler says:

    You are joining your boy Murray–yawning!!!!

  60. Jandy says:

    Hipposter, don’t feed the animals ;)

  61. theplanisworking says:

    I have called him out all series………

  62. Sarah says:

    They are not better.
    But Will beats Skill.
    Pens still haven’t learned that.

    Which after the last three years, is inexcusable.

  63. theplanisworking says:

    If they play the same in the second period, then I will agree with you.

    I think this will play out similarly to Game 5.
    Dont forget, they looked horrible in the first period of Game 5, too.
    This period is important.

  64. florida steeler says:

    What about the shots on goal, what about the hits, what about time at the Pen’s end of the ice?? All of that constitutes–BETTER. Forget our paper tiger superstars and forget the regular season. they are being outplayed in this series and any neutral observer would agree.

  65. theplanisworking says:

    + many.


  66. TK39 says:


  67. theplanisworking says:

    Has anyone noticed that the same 2 actors/actresses in the “Jake from State farm” commercial are in the McD’s egg white commercial?


  68. theplanisworking says:

    Sorry, as an animal myself, I tend to be kind to animals…… :)

  69. Jandy says:

    If some poster wish to send negative vibes our boys’ way, that’s their prerogative. I choose to be more postive. I will not respond to someone trying to bring me down.

  70. theplanisworking says:

    You tired, Jandy?

  71. Jandy says:

    LOL I’ve been ingoring the commercials

  72. Jandy says:

    No but negative people bore me

  73. Jandy says:


  74. theplanisworking says:

    I wonder if florida steeler is a Pens fan?
    Sure doesnt seem like it.

    Not going so far as calling him a troll, but he doesnt seem to have many good things to say about them………..

  75. Jandy says:

    never does

  76. theplanisworking says:


    Please stop Hippo abuse………

  77. Jandy says:


  78. TK39 says:

    It’s unreal how often the Islanders look like they have a PP when it’s 5 on 5. Once they get established int he zone it’s tough to break out.

  79. Sarah says:

    Isles have been beating the Pens 5 on 5 most of this series.
    Scary given the difference on paper.

    Pens haven’t yet realized the series is not being played on paper.

  80. Jandy says:

    They better realize that very soon

  81. Sarah says:

    Oy what a scramble

  82. TJ says:

    Can anyone tell me who the #8 seed is and who the #1 seed is?

    Pens playing with no passion tonight. Remind me of the Steelers. Picture of inconsistency.

  83. TK39 says:

    Haha, if they go much longer without a shot Nabokov is going to fall asleep. He hasn’t been especially sharp, maybe we’ll catch him off guard!

  84. Jandy says:

    If we get the puck down that end we might have a chance ;)

  85. TJ says:

    I’m sorry for comparing the Pens to the Steelers; at this point the Pens would be happy with a 3 and out

  86. Jandy says:

    Hi Teddy Bear :)

  87. florida steeler says:

    Hey Jandy,
    the announcers on NBC just said the Pens “have to get Murray out of the lineup against the Islanders speed,” Guess I am not the only one that thinks Murray “yawns.”

  88. TJ says:


  89. Jandy says:


  90. Jandy says:

    Remember your heart!

  91. Dom says:

    Penalty on th he islanders

  92. TJ says:

    Considering NBC employees Milbury and Roenicke I wouldn’t exactly say your in elite company. :yawn:

  93. Jandy says:

    Hey Dom :)

  94. TJ says:

    Ello Jandy!

  95. TJ says:

    Really the Pens are on the PP? Seems like they are spending just as much time in their defensive zone as normal

  96. Dom says:

    This is the only game tonight. The other playoff games that were scheduled are finished.

  97. Sarah says:

    To e to do….something.

  98. florida steeler says:

    No guys, I am a Penguin fan but just being honest about this team. They are pathetic when they get to the playoffs and “paper superstars” will not even beat the Islanders.
    Great power play!!!

  99. Dom says:


  100. TJ says:


  101. theplanisworking says:

    DUPER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  102. Jandy says:


  103. Jandy says:

    Super Duper!

  104. Dom says:

    That’s what I’m talking about. #9 coming through.

  105. Sarah says:


  106. Jandy says:

    BEautiful pass by Vitale!

  107. TJ says:

    Lets get another one NOW

  108. Jandy says:


  109. Jandy says:

    I’ll second that

  110. TJ says:

    So we got what… 1 shot; 1 goal in the 2nd period?

  111. Jandy says:


  112. florida steeler says:

    Not Milbury and Roenicke–Albert and McGuire–I hardly call them Islander cheerleaders.

  113. Jandy says:


  114. Jandy says:

    Well you know, you don;t have to watch them.

  115. theplanisworking says:

    This is why I am not panicking about this game.
    Sure, things arent going as well as in Game 5, but they arent turning over the puck, and are not getting cute with the puck.

    If they just get better effort, they will win tonight.

    This game feels much better than games 2, 3, and 4. I cant put my finger on it, but i remain optimistic that they will increase their effort and win. :)

  116. Dom says:

    Either now or eventually but preferably now.

  117. Sarah says:

    Well they’ve been badly outplayed thus far but TG are tied.
    Here’s hoping they settle down and play a solid rest of the game.

    Do NOT want a Game 7.
    On home ice.
    A all.

  118. Sarah says:

    And seriously?
    Nabby just blows in the playoffs.

  119. TJ says:

    So they suddenly want Murray taken out of the lineup? Were they making those brilliant statements in game 5? :yawn:

  120. TJ says:

    I know some are going to hate this but how about that Tyler Kennedy; at times looks like the only one going full speed

  121. Jandy says:


  122. JohninOshkosh says:

    Kenny Albert: How’s the crowd?

    Regis: Electric. Should be a PR video for all the fan bases in the league.

    10 seconds later Pascal ties it, and the old barn is quiet except for the sound of the rats scurrying down below.

  123. Jandy says:

    agreed…this is why i can’t figure why we don’t take advantage of that

  124. Sarah says:

    Good thing somebody is.
    Really not to be Debbie downer, but half axed effort this far IMO.

  125. Dom says:

    Penalty on cooke

  126. theplanisworking says:

    This is maddening.
    Just when the Pens seize momentum, they take a stupid penalty.

  127. TJ says:

    I heard NBC commentators said that Nabokov was not very good

  128. Jandy says:

    Gotta admit, Teddy bear, he fits the bill of what the Pens need in this series

  129. Jandy says:

    don’t tell florida steelers that

  130. TJ says:

    Not with Murray in there according to NBC

  131. Jandy says:

    I’ma put my size 9 wides up his…

  132. TJ says:


  133. Jandy says:

    hey OshKosh!

  134. theplanisworking says:

    Hippo???? ;)

  135. TJ says:

    I predict if the Islanders score here that they will have the lead

  136. TJ says:

    That has been confirmed by NBC

  137. theplanisworking says:


  138. Jandy says:

    nice try, but no cigar :P

  139. Jandy says:


  140. theplanisworking says:

    and rats scurrying above ;)

  141. JohninOshkosh says:

    How do. ma’am ?

  142. Sarah says:

    Too many men? Really?

  143. Jandy says:


  144. Jandy says:

    friggin refs

  145. TJ says:

    Sutter has been absolutely horrible in this game

  146. JohninOshkosh says:

    I loath too many men on the ice penalties!

  147. theplanisworking says:

    4 on 9……………. really fair guys…..

  148. TJ says:


  149. TJ says:

    Its called laziness and lack of effort

  150. Jandy says:


  151. Sarah says:

    Deep breaths shallow thoughts….

  152. JohninOshkosh says:

    They kill it but totally uninspired PK from the Pens

  153. theplanisworking says:

    ………. is the Hippos motto in life………. ;)

  154. Jandy says:


  155. JohninOshkosh says:

    Islanders missed an opportunity on that penalty.

  156. Jandy says:

    I feel for TV

  157. Jandy says:

    How the heck did Nabby save that?

  158. TJ says:

    That was confirmed by NBC

  159. TJ says:

    How do you get a 2 on 0 on a PP down low in your own zone when there are 4 defenders in the zone? Hope the Pens saw how to move the puck on the PP

  160. Jandy says:

    we’re lucky to be tied 2-2

  161. theplanisworking says:

    With his glove??? ;)

  162. TJ says:

    How many goals would have MAF given up?

  163. Sarah says:

    Well …..glad we got out of 2 sloppy periods still tied.
    Perhaps the Pens can get their b-lls out of their purse for the 3rd period.

  164. Jandy says:

    5 by now?

  165. Sarah says:


  166. Jandy says:

    hopefully someone speaks up

  167. florida steeler says:

    You know what Jandy–yawn and go to bed. I NEVER once said Nabokov was good.
    Yes, they said that about Nabokov and they said it about Murray. Take off your rose colored glasses. Murray and Martin cannot play against speed.

  168. Sarah says:

    Don’t go off the deep end on MAF.
    Having said that, I am at the point that, in this system, they should probably try to trade him.
    If they want to keep Bylsma that is.
    Keep DB, trade MAF.
    Keep MAF, lose DB.
    MAF cannot play under the pressure that happens when this system breaks down.
    He CAN play under pressure (see 2007-2009) but that was with a d-oriented scheme to control the pressure.
    In the chaos that ensues when this system breaks down, he cannot handle it.

  169. florida steeler says:

    NBC just did a segment on how “poorly” Murray is playing.
    Guess it was my imagination that I said that earlier. He is killing us out there against this team.

  170. theplanisworking says:

    After 2 periods…………

    I am not criticizing anyone here, but we need to consider 2 things before we stomp on the Pens:

    1) There IS another team on the ice, trying to win a game. They are giving good effort (Isles), and
    2) The Pens know if they lose, there is another game. The Isles know if they lose, there isnt. HUGE DIFFERENCE.

    That being said, here is the Hippos simple analysis……….

    –The Pens seized momentum the last part of that period.. They need to keep it up.
    –The Islanders have to be getting frustrated. They have outplayed, and out-efforted the Pens so far, but have nothing to show for it. I see the Isles pressing too much in the 3rd, and that will lead to a Pens score.
    — Pens D needs to step up. With the momentum shift the end of the period, I feel they might have learned something.
    –Pens need to get more in the offensive zone.

    I feel good about their chances.
    Again, like I have repeatedly said, effort is the key. I am encouraged by the fact the turnovers arent a problem. Just need to bury a puck or two, and we win. :)

  171. Jandy says:

    I think that’s a well-reasoned argument, Sarah. That said I guess we don’t know what MAF would give up unless he’s in there.

  172. Sarah says:

    Huh? Overall Murray has been maybe our steadiest performer on D. Or are you just talking this game?

  173. theplanisworking says:

    Did Ray Borque, a Hall of Famer, hurt the Bruins chances against the Pens in their 4-0 sweep in the 1992 Eastern Conference finals? I dont think so. Everyone knew that Lemieux, Francis, Stevens were better players.

    Sometimes you just have to give credit to the other teams players.

  174. Jandy says:

    eh…I’d be happier if these guys were playing better D

  175. Jandy says:

    Save your breath, guys. There’s no reasoning

  176. florida steeler says:

    this game–he cannot handle their speed.

  177. theplanisworking says:


  178. theplanisworking says:

    Just like my cooking, just no seasoning……… ;)

  179. florida steeler says:

    Who the heck is talking about 1992 and are you admitting that this Islanders team has better talent??

  180. Sarah says:

    Oh who knows. 0. 5.
    I guess that’s my point….sigh….

  181. Karen22 says:

    AGITA! This game is giving me AGITA!

  182. Jandy says:


  183. Jandy says:

    Hey Karen! Me too!

  184. Jandy says:


  185. TJ says:

    Islanders want it

  186. Dom says:

    Another turn over turned into points

  187. theplanisworking says:

    I was using it as a point of reference, thats all.

    And I am not admitting the Islanders have better talent. They are out-efforting the Pens, and I am giving them credit for that.

    There are other options on television tonight. Sheesh.

  188. Jandy says:

    Tanger this time

  189. TJ says:

    So who starts tomorrow? MAF or Vokoun?

  190. theplanisworking says:

    Just when I give them credit for NOT turning the puck over…….

  191. Sarah says:

    If they play like this, doesn’t matter.

  192. Jandy says:


  193. Jandy says:

    start Sarah

  194. Sarah says:

    No WAY …get better D in my beer leagues.

  195. Jandy says:


  196. Sarah says:

    Anyway TV not playing bad. I think you only go back to Fleury if TV implodes.

  197. TJ says:

    Nice to see some urgency.

  198. Ermine says:

    Is the second round on ROOT?

  199. Sarah says:

    Good save TV wide open 2 on 1 sheesh….

  200. TJ says:

    Does ROOT cover the Islanders?

  201. theplanisworking says:

    MARTIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  202. TJ says:

    HOLY SHEETZ!!!!!!!

  203. Dom says:

    Paul Martin!!!!

  204. Jandy says:


  205. Jandy says:


  206. Jandy says:

    are you sure? doesn’t he suck too?

  207. TJ says:

    Only Malkin would carry that in deep 1 on 4

  208. theplanisworking says:

    Please, Lunatics, dont give up on this team yet!!!

  209. TJ says:

    NBC says he does

  210. TJ says:

    UGH I hate icing

  211. Sarah says:

    I’m exhausted!

  212. Sarah says:

    NYI deflected that in? Good Lord.

  213. Jandy says:

    what do I know?

  214. Jandy says:

    lol he tried to stop it

  215. Jandy says:

    me too!!!!!

  216. Dom says:

    Did anyone else see that former steeler corner Jack butler died

  217. theplanisworking says:

    After 3 periods……………….

    Pens staying in it. But if they dont up the effort, they will lose this game.

    The longer this OT goes, the more it favors the Islanders young legs.

    A turnover here, from either team, could be deadly.


  218. Jandy says:

    no i didn’t…RIP Jack Butler

  219. theplanisworking says:

    and Joel Hanrahan is having season-ending surgery Monday.

  220. florida steeler says:

    A staph infection settled in Butler’s knee replacement and they couldn’t clear it up. Knee replacements often times result in staph infections.
    RIP Jack Butler.

  221. Dom says:

    Too bad for the hammer. I’m sure nobody was rooting against him since he left the buccos.

  222. Ermine says:

    They have won 6 straight OT playoff games on the road. Last loss was in 2001 at Buffalo

  223. TJ says:

    Except for NH.

  224. TJ says:

    Someone always has to say it…

  225. TJ says:

    A knee replacement at 85??? That’s hard on someone in their 50’s. By no means making light of his death but if I see 85 the only thing u will be changing on me is my depends

  226. TJ says:

    I say roll the 2 headed monster with Dupuis

  227. Dom says:

    That’s what I was thinking.

  228. theplanisworking says:

    they should have shot the puck!!!

  229. Jandy says:

    goin for the cutesy tic tac toe instead

  230. theplanisworking says:

    Hippos like cutesy, but not in that situation………..

  231. Sarah says:

    Dominance by NYI.

  232. Jandy says:

    I’m freaKIN DYIN HERE

  233. Dom says:

    PENS WIN!!!!

  234. theplanisworking says:


    HIPPOS RULE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  235. Jandy says:


  236. ORPIK!!!!! Pen advance!

  237. Sarah says:

    Holy shite

  238. TJ says:

    HOLY SHEETZ!!!!!

  239. Jandy says:

    Brooksie of all players lol

  240. Ermine says:

    7 in a row… lol

  241. theplanisworking says:

    See what happens when you SHOOT THE PUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???

    BTW, this is the first time the Pens have beaten the NYI in an elimination game.

    Ever. :)

  242. Jandy says:

    let’s hear it for Sheetz and Hippos!

  243. Jandy says:


  244. Jandy says:

    OK where are those guys sayin we suck?

  245. Sarah says:

    We were outplayed the whole game. Shots what? 40 to 20?
    I guess they have stay w Vokoun.
    But holy crap, they did not deserve to win that game.
    TG thy did.

  246. Jandy says:


  247. Jandy says:

    Amen Sistah!

  248. Ermine says:

    Mostly in Philly

  249. theplanisworking says:

    Hippos like sheetz! ;)

  250. Kevin says:

    Definitely feel like penguins stole that series… isles did everything they could but get that 4th goal. Kinda identical game to gm3. They outplay us all game and we steal it away in OT. So hey, all the credit in the world to the Isles. They were fantastic.

  251. pattonbb says:

    not as bad as the MSG network.

  252. twentytwo22 says:

    Expert hockey analysis
    Malkin makes a bad play = he doesn’t care
    Malkin makes a good play = he cares?
    Malkin doesn’t score = he doesn’t care
    Malkin scores = he cares?

    Apparenly Malkin waited til 5 minutes left in the game to care. Thanks for the commentary!

    If you want to castigate a guy why don’t you focus on the mistakes made by every player and use the same slurs to label their play. If not for Malkin the Penguins lose this series.

  253. TK39 says:

    Congrats to the Isles for a hard fought series. They deserve all the credit in the world. Very, very good hockey club.

    Let’s Go Pens! A new race to 4 starts next week!

  254. Sarah says:

    I think we were thoroughly outplayed 4 of the 6 games.
    Ott will be tougher.
    Pens need to get their shite together.

    Radio guys said Fleury for round 2 but I have to believe they stay w Vokoun.


  255. theplanisworking says:

    I personally dont care about shots, crowds, momentum, etc.

    We Won.

    As another famous Pittsburgh coach says…….. “Style Points Don’t Matter!”

    And they dont “have to stay” with Vokoun.
    He has earned the right to continue starting, and he needs to stay there til he falters.

    And, I would say they didnt deserve to win the game in some respects, but by not giving up, not pressing and panicking, they DID deserve to win the game by never giving up, and taking advantage of their opportunities.

    I will agree with you in one regard…………… if they play like this against Ottawa, they will lose.

    But Ottawa doesnt have the Isles speed, so I think we are gonna be ok.

  256. florida steeler says:

    Great game by Vokoun.

  257. Ermine says:

    Senators vs. Pens is set for round two. I doubt the Matt Cooke ,Erik Karlsson incident will even be mentioned.

  258. lupesanchez says:

    If the isles get a goalie look out.

    Enjoying this for a minute but that was one of the worst performances in a winning effort I’ve ever seen.

    Get it together boys.

  259. lupesanchez says:


  260. Dom says:

    This game reminded me of game 5 in the ’08 Stanley cup.

  261. TJ says:

    I think the first game should have a free t-shirt night with a picture featuring #donbrennanspackage

  262. Danch70 says:

    Wow. 2 stomp-down shut-outs in PGH. 2 OT wins on the island. Not a bad way to get to four.

    But, wow, the Islanders came to play, that’s for sure. Nabokov was the difference.

    What are the chances that this was the best competition they wil see in the Eastern Conference? If not, who will be better? Ottawa?

  263. theplanisworking says:

    SNARK ALERT !!!!

  264. Sarah says:


  265. theplanisworking says:


  266. Karen22 says:

    Amen squared! Heavy sigh…of relief!

    Outplayed EVERY step of the way.

    I got ALL my Mother’s Day gifts early: Pirates: WIN! PENS: WIN!! And a new computer (recrds WINS much faster)!


  267. Sarah says:

    Ott, Boston, Wash and NYR will all be better.

  268. Jandy says:

    YOu too Karen :)

  269. Karen22 says:

    That would be “records.” Can we have an “Edit” button, please?

  270. TJ says:

    I think it’s the best team speed they will see.

    Islanders stopped playing their game. You saw what happens when you let the Pens play theirs.

    I think you have a better chance of picking the powerball numbers than predicting an OT winner by Orpik with one assist coming from Kennedy.

  271. Jandy says:

    Fleury will start round 2. how he plays wll determine if he stays in.
    I think TV earned the start but …. just a gut feeling

  272. Danch70 says:


    I think they stay with Vokoun. How can they not? A shutout one game and then a big reason they won this game. How can they not? Dumb move if they go back to Fleury. I’m not saying never, I’m just saying not for the next game.

  273. Ermine says:

    I resemble that remark… lol

  274. theplanisworking says:

    Thank you all for not burning this Hippo at the stake for my analysis and positive thoughts.

    I dont claim to know as much as some of you in this room (and some of you REALLY know your stuff!!) , but i just get a sense of things, and try to look beyond the obvious. Not over-analyzing things, because God knows I am a simple Hippo, but The past 2 games, I just saw little things that bore well for us.

    Thanks to all for suffering with me in here.

    Hippo Out………….. Til the Ottawa series! ;)

  275. Jandy says:


  276. TJ says:

    How do you go back to MAF. You ride Vokoun until he shows he should be pulled. You put MAF out their for game one and he gives up 2 early ones to cost you a game and its more scrutiny than the team needs. Go with Vokoun and if he loses a game go to MAF

  277. theplanisworking says:

    Jandy girl, I disagree………..

    Vokoun has proven to not get rattled, and hasnt let in soffffff goals. I think he has earned the starts.

    But I thank you for supporting your Hippo thru this series.

    Missed Brandie and Eric tonight. :(

  278. Kevin says:

    I think I get to watch the stupid NBC broadcasts instead of bob and staggy. Hate NBC :\

  279. Jandy says:

    Night friend :)

  280. TJ says:

    I don’t see it Jandy. Can’t risk it on home ice

  281. Jandy says:

    this game gave me heart palpitations

  282. TJ says:

    Who can sleep right now? I feel like I could go run a marathon my adrenaline is pumping so much… Ok maybe not actually run the marathon but at least enough adrenaline to get my shoes on and out to the car before deciding I was too tired

  283. Jandy says:

    I agree with you guys I’m just saying I think DB will mess up and put Fleury in

  284. Jandy says:

    I feel for you Kevin

  285. Jandy says:


  286. Ermine says:

    I enjoy the read. Thanks

  287. Kevin says:

    I like the idea of 2 fresh goalies. Maybe that doesn’t make sense to sit a hot vokoun for a game but I think you gotta put fleury out there for gm1 and win/lose play vokoun for gm2. Also, you clearly can’t hurt sitting vokoun a game.. He sat for how long then came back and shutout the isles.

  288. Jandy says:

    I just think DB goes with Flower

  289. Kevin says:

    There’s something about that “hot hand” approach that I just hate. For one thing, Fleury’s a world class goalie when he’s on. And 2, to sustain two great goalies (because thats what we have) over the course of the next 4 weeks would be a huge advantage. I just think the message to give Fleury another shot and he would rise to the occasion.

  290. Drew71 says:

    I couldn’t watch. Or follow. Just couldn’t.

    And feel better for it.

  291. sarah says:

    Oh i agree….just what i heard on radio. Fresh start rd 2 for maf.
    I dont see it….

  292. Jandy says:

    My heart is still pounding

  293. Kevin says:

    *sigh* I want to hear another reason why Fleury shouldn’t get another shot in gm1 against the senators. As good as Vokoun was, and he did make some big saves. Islanders could have easily scored 5+ on us. Grabner missed an empty net on a wraparound, Moulson pushed a goal wide. Just saying, they score 5 and do “you people” still think Vokoun had a great game?

  294. Jandy says:

    G’night lunatics. Glad we don’t have to do this again tomorrow night

  295. SeanAY says:

    Do they have two great goalies? Do they really?

    I’ve defended Fleury as much as anyone over the last few years, but he has been decidedly less than “great” in the playoffs over the last few years.

  296. SeanAY says:

    And apparently, redundancy, thy name is SeanAY.

  297. OZ says:

    I think MAF gets and deserves the start game 1 vs Ottawa. If he struggles, then Vokoun is always there.

    Ottawa doesn’t have the speed and firepower of the Islanders although they are much tougher on D.

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