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.”