With their playoff backs to the wall, the Lightning’s big guns sprang to life to power Tampa Bay to an 8-2 rout of the Penguins. Simon Gagne, Steven Stamkos and Pavel Kubina paced the Bolts’ potent attack with two goals apiece, while Vincent Lecavalier notched a goal and an assist.
In many ways, the Quarterfinals matchup has assumed a distinc [...]
There is so much to get to this morning. TSN is calling for Tyler Kennedy to be suspended, Buffalo’s coach has called the Flyers “Whiners” and who should be singing the National Anthem.
Before I get into all of that, the Penguins have Tampa Bay on the ropes and are ready to deliver the knock-out blow, hopefully the first of [...]
That’s directed at the fans of the other 14 teams left in the playoffs because you will get NO sympathy from Pens fans. NONE. ZERO. NADA. All I keep seeing is fans crying about how one or two of their good players got hurt and will miss a game or two (especially by a *gasp* unpenalized hit) or how one of their players got screwed wi [...]
When Penguins general manager Ray Shero inked Arron Asham to a free-agent deal last summer, he wasn’t necessarily expecting big numbers. Indeed, the peppery winger had tallied just 82 goals over 10 NHL seasons. However, Shero was intrigued by Asham’s toughness … not to mention a strong postseason performance with the Flyers the previous sprin [...]
James Neal scored 3:38 into the second overtime Wednesday night to propel the Penguins to a dramatic 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay. Thanks to Neal’s heroics, the Pens snatched a commanding 3-1 lead over the Lightning in their opening-round playoff series.
For most of the opening 40 minutes it appeared that the Pens would coast to an easy win. Th [...]
The three words that describe the Penguins special teams are as follows, and I quote, Stink, Stank, Stunk. Laugh as you may about the old chestnut “decline the powerplay”, but according to the numbers the Penguins stand a better chance of scoring if they’re at even strength.
The reason Tampa Bay’s powerplay works and [...]
What a difference a game makes. A mere 72 hours after a sloppy, disjointed effort in Game 2 that had Steel City fans (and their coach) scratching their heads, the gritty, never-say-die Penguins rebounded to throttle the Lightning 3-2.
It was clear from the opening faceoff the Pens had regained their focus. Skating with a knife-blade edge, the [...]
The Penguins game plan for tonight’s 7:38PM tip off in Tampa should be a simple one. Stop Tampa Bay from scoring in the first period. To do this the Penguins need to play strict defense, Kris Letang can’t be pinching in taking chances until later in the game.
Last game, Tampa Bay had 20 shots on goal, Fleury only stopped 16 of [...]
Being tied 1-1 with Tampa Bay after two games is hardly reason to push the panic button. And I’m certainly not advocating any kind of sweeping changes. But I have a couple suggestions for coach Dan Bylsma that might help the Penguins’ cause.
First and foremost, I’d bench Chris Conner in favor of Eric Tangradi. It’s nothing personal. Conner’s [...]