Penguins’ fans were treated to a classic two-fer last night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. As in two games rolled into one.
The first part? Not so good. Playing with their backs to the wall, the Tampa Bay Lightning employed an aggressive forecheck to snatch the momentum and pile up a 30-22 edge in shots on goal through 40 minutes [...]
A buddy and I were rehashing the Penguins’ scintillating Game 2 triumph over Tampa Bay when the subject turned to goalie Matt Murray.
My friend commented that Murray seemed “off.”
Not that the kid didn’t tough it out and make some huge saves. He’s got a wonderful mental makeup—a resilience between the pipes that his teammates rever [...]
From behind his mask, Penguins goalie Matt Murray watched as Alex Killorn raced toward him at top speed. The Lightning forward had blown past Murray’s teammate, Brian Dumoulin, at the Tampa Bay line to gain free and clear access to the Pens’ net. The Thunder Bay native was the only obstacle between Killorn and a certain go-ahead goal.
They’re 8-2 in the playoffs. Three-and-oh against our Penguins during the regular season, including a 5-4 overtime victory on January 15. Fifteen goals for in those three wins.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are for real. And they figure to present a most formidable obstacle in the upcoming Eastern Conference Finals.
To back up a step, the Penguins [...]
It certainly didn’t unfold the way Mike Sullivan and the coaching staff envisioned. For the better part of last night’s Game 3, the Pittsburgh Penguins were outshot, outworked, outhustled, outhit and outplayed by the Washington Capitals.
Indeed, nearly everything about last night’s 3-2 victory over the Caps was ugly. From Tom Kuhnhackl’s off- [...]
During the opening minutes of yesterday’s pivotal Game 5 at Consol Energy Center, the New York Rangers threw everything but the proverbial kitchen sink at the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rolled into a collective ball of do-or-die desperation, they pounded the Pens’ net with a tidal wave of offensive fury to snatch a 2-1 lead on goals by Rick Nash an [...]