For the first part of the opening period I thought the the Pens were on track to take one in Detroit. They were dominating play in a very fast-paced first period. When Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall took a tripping penalty, I thought the Pens were poised to take this game over. Unfortunately, momentum has a way of shifting the flow of a g [...]
Could it be that the Penguins have “broken” another goaltender. Eight times in the eighteen playoff games that Osgood has played, he has let in a goal or less. This includes games 1 and 2 against the Pens where he allowed just one goal in each game. In the last two games Pittsburgh has found the back of the net eight times. Th [...]
Well, maybe the Penguins were shooting too much in the first two games. In both of those games, which were losses, the Pens outshot the Red Wings. Tonight, a victory, the Pens were outshot 29-21. On this night, the Pens made their shots count more as they went on to a 4-2 victory.
The Pittsburgh Penguins played a very physical game tonigh [...]
Once again the Penguins came out very tentatively. For a good portion of the first period the Pens were whiffing on passes and dump-ins, not skating hard, putting no pressure on the Detroit defense and generally looking uncomfortable. Again, they did warm up and start playing the Penguin game we know and love. At one point the Penguins were [...]
Surprisingly, I don’t feel that bad having just watched my beloved Penguins go down in the first game of this Stanley Cup Final. I feel like we played the Red Wings on a much more even field than had been the case in last year’s final. In fact, it is possible that we outplayed the defending Stanley Cup Champions tonight.
I thoug [...]
So much for Carolina going undefeated in games that Eric Staal finds the scoresheet. In the playoffs, until tonight, the Hurricanes were 7-0 when Staal scored. Staal was responsible for the only goal Carolina could muster in this game. Unfortunately for him, he got no scoring support from any of his teammates on the way to losing the series [...]
RALEIGH, N.C. — If the Pittsburgh Penguins continue to play the way have against the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals, they may be able to lay claim to being the most offensively dynamic team since the dynastic Oilers of the late ’80s.
Shawn P. Roarke | NHL.com Managing Editor
I don’t know if I can say mo [...]
A handful of things came out of this game. I believe, after witnessing this game, that there is now some hatin’ to do. The Hurricanes, after they had gotten out of the game, decided to take the physical play to a different level. They were taking runs at guys after whistles, cheap shots and whatever other liberties they thought they [...]
At the beginning, I thought this game might go like the seventh game against the Caps. The Pens seemed to be a half-step ahead of the Hurricanes for the whole first period. This resulted in a 2-0 lead after one. The shots on goal in the first period would lead you to believe that the lead would be the other way, but the Pens were outplayin [...]
In my last game summary, I stated that Fleury had to have a big game for the Pens to win. He only had to make one save to have the kind of big game that Penguins needed. His save on Ovechkin’s breakaway attempt set the tone for the entire game. Whooo Hooooo! Sorry, I can’t stop.
There is a lot to be said for tense [...]