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On location: Penguins 4, Senators 3, Game 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game 2: Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators, Stanley Cup playoffs, second round

Series: Penguins, 1-0

Time: 7:38 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

TV, radio: NBC Sports Network, CBC (Canada), RDS (Quebec), 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.

UPDATE 12: 31 p.m.: Some stuff from the morning sessions: Kris Letang and Craig Adams didn’t skate with the Penguins. No indication about their availability tonight, but I’d have to guess, given the past 72 hours and how they’ve been around until now, that both were simply given the morning off. … Tomas Vokoun confirmed he will start. … Eric Gryba will not play for the Senators. He’ll be replaced on the blue line by Andre Benoit. Also, Guillaume Latendresse will dress up front to add a physical presence.

A video discussion I had with Tyler Kennedy

Another with Deryk Engelland

And a bit of the media session with Ottawa’s Chris Neil

1:12 p.m.: Podcast of my visit with TribLIVE Radio today from Consol.

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.

Comments

  1. Dave G says:

    Let’s Go Pens!

  2. Jandy says:

    YES!

  3. Kevin says:

    go Penguins!

  4. theplanisworking says:

    GO PENS!!!

    Win, then come back. Dont want to see you go away! ;)

  5. Pucknutz says:

    GO PENS !!!!

  6. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    I’m hoping the Pens don’t get over confident because of a Game 1 win, and all of the talk of Ottawa not matching up that well.
    The last time that happened was when they took a 2-0 lead over the NYI in Game 2.
    Suddenly….They left the door open, and they ended up having the beat off the Islanders with a club.
    Hopefully….They have learned from that, and will take care of business on a steady basis.

  7. theplanisworking says:

    +1

  8. theplanisworking says:

    Well, I normally dont do this this early, but I have to run around like a nut again, so i will do the Simple(ton) Hippo analysis early, to open some conversation……….

    After reading all the articles about Ottawa having a tough time adjusting to possibly beat the Pens, I say we just skip the rest of the series, and get rested for the Boston-NYR winner. ;)

    Seriously, I hope the Pens dont read the press clippings.
    Coach McLean has, in the past shown a willingness to play chippy hockey. Dressing Guillaume Latendresse is no accident. Any team that employs Chris Neil has to be looked at thru the appropriate lens.

    I look for Ottawa to do things similar to the Islanders, albeit with less speed.
    I look for a very aggressive forecheck. I look for some clogging of center ice………maybe not a trap, but interference to be sure. Anderson may have to have the game of his life to give the Sens a chance.

    For the Flightless Waterfowl, I am a bit concerned about the line shuffling. Instead of sticking with what worked the previous 3 playoff games, Disco Duck had decided to tinker. I wont comment on this, but I hope he knows what he is doing.
    The Pens have to limit the turnovers. No need to give Ottawa unnecessary chances.

    Vokoun has another deserved start in net tonight.

    I cant get a feel for this game.
    I want to say 3-1 Pens.

    So, GO PENS !!!!!

    Hippo out til later. 8-)

  9. Brandie says:

    Bring the Cup back to where it belongs!

  10. Sarah says:

    Does anyone know the turnover stats for Game 1?

    Or what line Iginla is playing on and where? I heard 2 different things on radio today, one, he’s back with Sid, the other he’s back with Geno.

    ???

  11. Karen22 says:

    GOOOOOOO PENS!! :)

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  13. BillyBaduka says:

    LET’S GO PENS!!!!

  14. Pucknutz says:

    Ditto Brandie!!

    I wanna see how small these boxes will get reply,reply, reply. :)

  15. Vette60 says:

    Looking forward to the drop of the puck!

    Will DVR the game (with much more “extended” time this time around) and watch when the kiddos are tucked in.

    Hoping for another strong performance and a trip up North with the Pens up 2-0!

    Let’s go PENS! Enjoy the game!

    Randy in RVA.

  16. Brandie says:

    Smash the Sens!

  17. Bizrow says:

    Tonight, its lets go BURGH

  18. Naje says:

    +111111

  19. MadTurk says:

    No matter where they start I would expect them to get mixed up some throughout the game. Kinda like we see Sid and Malkin on the same line at times. All depends on the flow of the game and how things are going. IMHO

  20. Brandie says:

    Crucify the insincere, tonight! Whoops…
    Sorry about The Smashing Pumpkins lyric. Guess I just got caught up in the moment!

  21. Brandie says:

    We’ll shoe em’ how we deal with Neil, BURGH-style!

  22. Sarah says:

    I hope you are right they have learned from that.
    I didn’t see they learned that much Game 6 v NYI.

    I think to Iggy will tell us a lot about what they are learning.

    Fingers crossed!

  23. Sarah says:

    Oy. To Iggy?
    TONIGHT will tell us a lot.
    Damn iPad.

  24. Brandie says:

    Shoe em’ is a Jandy reference.

  25. Brandie says:

    It’s okay. We all understand.

  26. theplanisworking says:

    Brandielicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

  27. theplanisworking says:

    Down girl !!!! :)

  28. Eric Bowser says:

    Penguins lineup

    Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
    Neal – Malkin – Iginla
    Cooke – Sutter – Morrow
    Adams – Vitale – Kennedy

    Orpik – Martin
    Niskanen – Letang
    Murray – Engelland

    Vokoun
    Fleury

  29. BillyBaduka says:

    I’m on location in Nags Head, NC on vaca.

    In a Pittsburgh sports bar, the Lucky 12.

    4 other groups of Penguins fans here.

    LET’S GO PENS!!!!

  30. theplanisworking says:

    Nice.

    +4

  31. BillyBaduka says:

    This bar actually has a Pirates flag flying along side NC state flag and Old Glory.

  32. Eric Bowser says:

    I’ll be in OBX at the end of June… I’ll have to remember that if Cup goes that long.

  33. theplanisworking says:

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

  34. Sarah says:

    Holy crap.

  35. theplanisworking says:

    No, Jandy isnt here. ;)

  36. theplanisworking says:

    Almost a 2nd one !!!!!! Darn post!

  37. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Vokoun looks good early. Hopefully no goals from behind the net tonight … or from in front of the net.

  38. Sarah says:

    Sens on their heels…..

  39. Eric Bowser says:

    I missed the Crosby goal…

  40. Eric Bowser says:

    They aren’t engaged at all… Penguins doing whatever they want on the ice.

  41. Sarah says:

    5 hole from left circle

  42. Jandy says:

    9 wides ;)

  43. Jandy says:

    Jolly good show ;)

  44. Jandy says:

    hey now lol

  45. theplanisworking says:

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

  46. Jandy says:

    Mario-like :)

  47. Jandy says:

    Hipposter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. theplanisworking says:

    Hahahahahahahaha.

    Boys looking good so far.
    Malkin hit a post, or it would be 2-0.

  49. Jandy says:

    so my friend, did you have a lucky day???

  50. Jandy says:

    I saw it and said a diry word lol

  51. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Just the dumb penalty the Sens needed to get back into the game

  52. Jandy says:

    smack that boy upside the head Grrr!

  53. theplanisworking says:

    No. I did get some good financial news this morning………. just a lot of effort the rest of the day.

    Hippos are all about the effort. :)

  54. Jandy says:

    darnit!

  55. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Like I was saying. Big shift of momentum.

  56. theplanisworking says:

    Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  57. Jandy says:

    well that’s something. Keep on keepin’ on :)

  58. cherokee23 says:

    Just how is Melloche coaching these guys to seal off the post?……it ain’t workin!

  59. Sarah says:

    Ok here we go

  60. theplanisworking says:

    Did you know even stopped, a Hippo looks like he is in motion?

  61. Jandy says:

    I’ll drink to that ;)

  62. Sarah says:

    I really don’t think Meloche coaches them at all. Fleury improved most under the tutelage of Conklin IMO….

  63. theplanisworking says:

    Where is Drew ?? ;)

  64. theplanisworking says:

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

  65. Jandy says:

    WOOT!!!!!!!!!!

  66. cherokee23 says:

    At least Anderson must have learned the same way

  67. Sarah says:

    Good Lord

  68. Jandy says:

    two for Sid :)

  69. Jandy says:

    yes She is ;)

  70. theplanisworking says:

    He makes it so easy……….

  71. cherokee23 says:

    I think Vokoun will settle down and the Pens will pull away in this one

  72. Jandy says:

    yup

  73. theplanisworking says:

    I was gonna say sumthin’ ……………

  74. Sarah says:

    If Anderson keeps playing like this, yes…

  75. Jandy says:

    don’t be shy, say it

  76. Brandie says:

    Missed a bit. At the store.

  77. theplanisworking says:

    It. ;)

  78. Jandy says:

    On the Pirates thread no doubt

  79. Sarah says:

    2 inexcusable goals this period one at each end.
    Fortunately Vokoun has loads of goodwill to use up yet….

  80. Eric Bowser says:

    Penguins had 28 attempted shots
    18 shots
    7 missed shots
    3 blocked shots

    Senators 20-8 lead in hits

  81. Brandie says:

    Good vibes to Hipposter, Mama Jandy, Sarah, Sir Pucknutz, and all of The Lunatic Nation.

  82. theplanisworking says:

    After 1 period.

    Cannot believe the Sens are trying to skate with the Pens. I thought for sure they would be clogging lanes, running interference to slow us down.

    2 sofffffffffffff goals, one at each end in that period. But sometimes, the puck takes crazy bounces, sometimes it is lack of concentration by the goalies…………..

    Crosby continues to kill Ottawa. Announcers said Crosby has more playoff points against Ottawa than regular season points. Amazing.

    Have a better feel for this game now…………. I think the Pens pull away in this period……. Anderson looks spooked by Pens firepower.

  83. theplanisworking says:

    Welcome back, Brandie !! :)

  84. Jandy says:

    Hey Brandie girl :)

  85. BillyBaduka says:

    Cool. It’s at mile 11.5 on Rt 12.

    Biker bar/Pittsburgh sports.

    Hope you get to see them here on a long cup run.

  86. Brandie says:

    Awesome update. Thanks Eric.

  87. Brandie says:

    Hipposter,

    Thank you for catching me up to speed. Saw your upbeat posts to Jandy. Good news on the financials.

  88. cherokee23 says:

    Thoughts for the 2nd period……over/under 90 seconds for Chris Neil to do what Chris Neil is paid to do…..and how do Pens react?…..will Sens adjust to the pressure Pens are applying? and will it make a difference?……I’d like to expect the Pens to continue the pressure & puck possession, and just step on these guys…..Big period of hockey coming up

  89. Brandie says:

    Jandy. Now our humble three are complete!

  90. theplanisworking says:

    Is humble three like bumble bee? ;)

  91. Jandy says:

    dang they will beat us up

  92. theplanisworking says:

    Thank You, ma’am.

  93. Jandy says:

    No we are are not bees silly

  94. Brandie says:

    Any way you want it!

  95. theplanisworking says:

    By watching the game, it didnt seem like that big of a discrepancy. But, Hippos sometimes dont pay attention……………………

  96. theplanisworking says:

    Thats the way you need it ! :)

  97. Karen22 says:

    HOPE SO!

  98. Jandy says:

    Power play

  99. theplanisworking says:

    Nice thing to see………………

    whenever Pens have a good shift, Fleury is there first congratulating the boys as they come to the bench.

  100. Brandie says:

    Skated into that one…

  101. theplanisworking says:

    Yes, I went to a 1970′s / 80′s Journey reference !!!!!!!

  102. theplanisworking says:

    BING X3 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  103. Jandy says:

    Hat trick BABY!!!!

  104. Brandie says:

    Hat Trick! The Crosby Show is in the house!

  105. Eric Bowser says:

    Remember this night folks, I think we’re seeing something VERY special from Crosby.

  106. Jandy says:

    anderson must hate sid lol

  107. Jandy says:

    like

  108. theplanisworking says:

    Get me a sweater !!! ;)

  109. Jandy says:

    Amen, eric!

  110. theplanisworking says:

    RAN HIM OUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WOO HOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  111. Jandy says:

    like

  112. theplanisworking says:

    Me too Karen. :)

  113. Jandy says:

    say what you want about Flower, he’s a team first player

  114. J Walter Weatherman says:

    When does the discussion shift from a goalie struggling to the Pens being very good offensively? Lots of goals is becoming a trend against multiple opponents.

  115. Jandy says:

    good call cherokee

  116. theplanisworking says:

    Well now, if that doesnt beat it all.

    Come on Tomas!

  117. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Turning into one of those games when no lead is safe. Nice play be Engelland. Yikes.

  118. cherokee23 says:

    One more and we’ll see Fleury, no matter the score!

  119. Brandie says:

    Beat him like he owed him money!

  120. theplanisworking says:

    Since I am not a horiculturist, I wont say anything about Flower. ;)

  121. Jandy says:

    lol

  122. Brandie says:

    He will pick it up! Time to bear down and support each other!

  123. theplanisworking says:

    Darn !!! Iggy was robbed !

  124. J Walter Weatherman says:

    That was an unreal save

  125. DJ says:

    In the beating a dead horse category: Please get Engelland out of the line-up. Below average in Game 1 and terrible in Game 2. Let’s get Depres back in the line-up.

  126. Brandie says:

    Took me back to elementary school.

  127. theplanisworking says:

    Brandie, you silly goose,
    I am a Hippo, not a bear!

  128. theplanisworking says:

    I dont think so.
    But with Disco Duck, you never know………

  129. Jandy says:

    I nominate Karlsson for an academy award

  130. theplanisworking says:

    ++++++++++++++

  131. theplanisworking says:

    MARTIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    MORROW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  132. Brandie says:

    Yessssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  133. Jandy says:

    Buy Martin a drink and get his dog one too!

  134. theplanisworking says:

    8-)

  135. theplanisworking says:

    Morrow is NOT his dog!!! ;)

  136. Brandie says:

    Chris Neil…Hockey thug. So ghett!

  137. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Nice to see Neal show up this game. Not totally engaged yet, but creating some nice chances. Much better than game 1 – just don’t take any dumb penalties.

  138. Jandy says:

    lol

  139. Jandy says:

    neil is POS

  140. cherokee23 says:

    If it’s another softy, I think he will

  141. Sarah says:

    Vokoun is who he is. I think we’ll see how mgmt feels about Fleury if there’s another bad goal.

  142. Jandy says:

    Oh. My. God

  143. J Walter Weatherman says:

    What in the heck is Kunitz doing on this PP?

  144. theplanisworking says:

    Ghetto POS ;)

  145. Jandy says:

    Good for Vokoun, not backing in…good job!

  146. Brandie says:

    Apologies to POS!

  147. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Btw, nice save by Vokoun there. Remember that.

  148. Jandy says:

    lol

  149. cherokee23 says:

    agree

  150. theplanisworking says:

    BTW…………….. there was a Milo sighting on the Bucs thread. :)

  151. Jandy says:

    haha, that is why Engo is on the ice

  152. Jandy says:

    Mother Theresa knows ;)

  153. theplanisworking says:

    Hey, does POS stand for Pond of Swimming??

  154. theplanisworking says:

    All? ;)

  155. Sarah says:

    When Pensngoalies stop giving up softties.

  156. Jandy says:

    nah, but a good bit…

  157. Jandy says:

    Oh. My. God.
    Vokoun amazes me

  158. theplanisworking says:

    He isnt amazing, but he is a solid goaltender.
    Not flashy, but not bad.

    He occasionally lets in a softie, but most goalies do.
    And, he gets better as a game goes along.

  159. Jandy says:

    he’s not getting shook up. His calmness is good

  160. Jandy says:

    sarah still around?

  161. Jandy says:

    if you want it to, but not when it refers to Chris neil lol

  162. theplanisworking says:

    +++++++++++++++++

  163. Eric Bowser says:

    Pens really concentrated on defense in the last 10 minutes of second period.

    Hopefully Iginla is fine, he didn’t get a shift in the last 5:17 of period.

  164. TK39 says:

    You gotta love the way he just squares up and lets the puck hit him. He’s not flashy but he’s rarely out of position. Totally agree about his calm. Definitely something the team needed.

  165. BillyBaduka says:

    Good to hear

  166. theplanisworking says:

    After 2 periods..

    Still cannot believe the Sens are trying to stay with the Pens, instead of clogging things. Definitely not complaining………. in fact, I like it!!!

    I think there were too many turnovers that period…………leading to too many odd-man rushes.
    Vokoun has remained steady, and has gotten better as the game has progressed.

    Pens just need to keep doing what they are doing, and they will be fine.

    Oh, and the Pens were robbed on a couple of scoring chances that period. It could easily be 6-2.

  167. Jandy says:

    Yeah I’m kinda worried about Iggy

  168. theplanisworking says:

    Was this a result of him being pushed into the baords??

  169. sarah says:

    I am. Less impressed w TV than many i guess. The best i can say is that bad goals are tbe only ones hes letting in and there’ve only been 2. This game.

  170. Jandy says:

    I think so

  171. Jandy says:

    I was wanting to ask you if you’ve been run over lol

  172. Jandy says:

    he’s on the ice :)

  173. T.S. says:

    Line of the night by NBC hockey commentators, about Brooks Orpik:

    “If you have your head down, he’s gonna waste you.”

  174. theplanisworking says:

    Glad you do.
    Hippos dont think.

  175. Jandy says:

    Booooooooooooooo!

  176. J Walter Weatherman says:

    So sloppy

  177. theplanisworking says:

    Vokoun out of position.

  178. DJ says:

    Great passive play by Engelland. Way to bring the “physical presence”.

  179. Jandy says:

    lol

  180. J Walter Weatherman says:

    What a fine start to the period

  181. T.S. says:

    Engelland is useless. This taking out and putting in of Depres by Bylsma is ridiculous.

  182. DJ says:

    Need to have entire team commit to defense. We will get our chances eventually.

  183. Brandie says:

    Not the time to fall apart now.

  184. Jandy says:

    DB needs time to lecture

  185. DJ says:

    Agreed. One a team steeped in talent, DB thinks he needs to keep a favored grinder in the line-up. He’s thinking it balances the line-up and it just hurts us.

  186. T.S. says:

    Unfortunately it’s all too common in the coaching ranks. Hell, Danny loves his boy Tyler K, whose been horrible most of the year. Cowher used to do it all the time, and so does Tomlin, like with putting in McClendon two or three plays a game. Hurdle, too, with Barajas and Barmes last year.

  187. sarah says:

    Not since my last beer league game!

  188. J Walter Weatherman says:

    This Lehner guy is making some crazy saves

  189. cherokee23 says:

    Who do you think Sens put in goal for game 3?

  190. theplanisworking says:

    Important PK here.

  191. Jandy says:

    lol

  192. theplanisworking says:

    Sarah. ;)

  193. theplanisworking says:

    OOps, I thought the penalty was on us!

    SHOOT THE PUCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  194. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Way to passive on this PP. Playing not to lose. Don’t like it.

  195. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Ridiculous. It’s like they didn’t even want to be on the PP there.

  196. Jandy says:

    they’d like to but no deal ;)

  197. Jandy says:

    WE WIN!!!!!!!!

  198. theplanisworking says:

    and HIPPOS SWIM !!!!!!!!!!

  199. J Walter Weatherman says:

    What a shift by Morrow-Dupuis-Adams line. Take a 2-0 series lead. Finally!!!

  200. Jandy says:

    lol

  201. Kevin says:

    Ok so.. take my predictions and subtract 3 goals from the penguins.. I predicted 7-1 last night and 7-3 tonight… atleast I got it right that they’d chase Anderson from the net.. right?

  202. theplanisworking says:

    Tight game tonight.
    Encouraged by gritty play, PP, Crosby.

    Discouraged by Engelland, shaky D.

    And for all the Fleury fans, tonight was a shaky game by TV. Fleury may get the start in Game 3. The way the Pens are skating, now might be a good time to ease Fleury back in.

    GO PENS !!!!!!!!

  203. Kevin says:

    oh and they put 4 goals behind an Ottawan goalie yet again.

  204. theplanisworking says:

    Night Jandie Girl!

  205. Jandy says:

    Night Hipposter my friend

  206. Jandy says:

    :yawn:

  207. theplanisworking says:

    I combined the spellings of you and Brandie! ;)

  208. Jandy says:

    G’night!

  209. Jandy says:

    careful, might be more than you can handle ;)

  210. hilthegroundhog says:

    Heartstopper, for sure. Do you think the Penguins wore themselves out with the frantic forecheck in the first period? It seemed the Pens were not getting to the 50-50 pucks during the third period.

  211. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Interesting thought. Not TV’s best game, but he did make some huge saves at key moments. I do maintain that Fleury’s role in these playoffs is likely not finished, but I think I still roll with TV in Game 3.

  212. Eric Bowser says:

    Great team win, awesome shift by Dupuis at end of game.

  213. cherokee23 says:

    I think the table was set for Fleury to re-enter the fold, but vokoun finished strong. I think he will & should start game 3

  214. philthegroundhog says:

    Misspelled my name and my comment is waiting moderation. Guess I should not post while drinking JD and Coke!

  215. cherokee23 says:

    Vokoun will & should start game 3

  216. cherokee23 says:

    2 soft goals again and that could change in a hurry!

  217. CWalton_67 says:

    Pretty encouraged by the effort in the last few minutes. A very good win, despite some shaky defensive play at times.

    I am frankly astounded that anyone with even a modicum of intelligence could suggest that Marc-Andre Fleury deserves another chance to play in the playoffs. Unless Vokoun has a complete meltdown, he has no business doing anything but cheering from the bench. And even then, Vokoun should be right back in for the next game.

  218. Kevin says:

    I didn’t watch all of this game.. but I agree with you atleast partially. I still think they’ll need Fleury at some point. I also think it should be clear by now that no matter who is in net, the penguins should and CAN score 4 goals every game. That should reduce the pressure on any goalie up to the challenge.

  219. MadTurk says:

    For the most part I can agree with you. If they get th rd win Sunday then put MAF in for the next game and see how he does. I would still go back to TV for the 5th game.

  220. MadTurk says:

    the 3rd win…. Jandy must be around :-)

  221. cherokee23 says:

    agree, Fleury will play again

  222. Kevin says:

    *rewatches game from DVR* go penguins!

  223. florida steeler says:

    Your yawn is getting old. People have a right to their opinions without your childish yawn. You act like you own this webpage and the only one that knows anything about hockey and ou are wrong, or sorry–:yawn:

  224. CWalton_67 says:

    NEED Fleury to do what? Have another panic attack? He’s a complete head case.

  225. Eric Bowser says:

    My really late game recap…

    The Pittsburgh Penguins coming off a dominant 4-1 victory in game one of their series against the Ottawa Senators was much like the team’s opening round game one victory against the New York Islanders, yet this time, Sidney Crosby set the tone scoring three goals en route to a Penguins 4-3 victory to take a 2-0 series lead.

    Crosby opened the scoring 3:16 into the first period taking a Paul Martin pass from the defensive blue line with speed to get between Senators winger Jakob Silfverberg and defenseman Erik Karlsson at the offensive blue line and danced around Karlsson to get positioning into the zone and send a perfectly placed shot low far side against goalie Craig Anderson.

    Penguins would continue to own the ice but a bad offensive zone hooking penalty by Evgeni Malkin lead to a power play goal by Kyle Turris at 13:15 of the first period. Turris swept the puck from along the goal line and through VOkoun’s skates.

    A few minutes later, Crosby would once again attack the left side of the ice against Karlsson with Pascal Dupuis charging towards the net and as Anderson cheated towards Dupuis and Karlsson passively going down to block a pass, Crosby sent the puck on goal and slipping it through Anderson.

    The Crosby Show would continue just 1:15 into the second period on the power play with Erik Karlsson in the box for hooking Matt Cooke. Crosby into the LW circle took a one-touch pass by Kris Letang and skate deeper into zone and fired a slap shot over Anderson’s shoulder to make it a 3-1 Penguins lead.

    Senators coach Paul MacLean said he decided to give his team a boost and pulled Anderson from the game and inserted Robin Lehner into the game. The move seemed to work as the Senators would score just 40 seconds later as Colin Greening flew by defenseman Deryk Engelland and fired a wrist shot short side against Tomas Vokoun to cut the lead to 3-2.

    Penguins would extend their lead to 4-2 with 11:56 to play in the second period as Brenden Morrow deflected a Paul Martin shot from the blueline by Lehner.

    In the third period, Jean-Gabriel Pageau would get a gift goal backhanding a puck into an open net as Engelland and Letang failed to clear the crease area and Vokoun was out at the top of the crease to block the shot.

    Over the final 10 minutes of the third period, Pittsburgh would slow down the pace and made sure to play solid defensive hockey limiting the Senators to just three shots on goal.

    Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said, “We talked about that (what message to send to his team) yesterday, going into this game and how we need to play, our very best in this game. You start Sidney Crosby for that reason, set the tone the way we play.”

    Asked if this was Crosby best game since the 2009 Cup run, Bylsma said, “He’s done a lot for our team, in different areas but tonight, it was his best and early on. The second goal was a big goal, big for our team to get a response. Our power play was just 1 for 6 but that power play, big goal from Sid. Even in third period, his best game, away from puck, defensively.”

    As for going to Ottawa for game 3 on Sunday night, Bylsma said, “They’re a resilient team, different scenarios with injuries, they’ve always responded and found a way to win. They keep coming back and they did that tonight. They found a way to get a power play goal. They’ve done that all year long, we won our two home games, we’ll go to Ottawa and expect their very best in game 3.”

    Game Notes:
    Penguins outshot Senators 42-22 as both teams scored a power play goal and Senators outhit the Penguins 41-21, mainly due to the Penguins controlling the puck for most of the game.

    Brandon Sutter lead the Penguins with 5 blocked shots and Engelland would seem to be headed for a game three scratched with his minus-2, weak play around the traffic and only receive 8:49 of ice time.

  226. Stuart says:

    Bill & Bowz

    I’m going down at beginning of August, but I usually go further down. Fresco this summer. Writing this AFTER 4-3 victory.

    Sid seemed to pay well.

    Stuart

  227. Stuart says:

    IPAD “Frisco”
    Stu

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