3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

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3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:33 pm

Preamble

Good afternoon everyone. Hopefully while I am writing this no more trades are made and no one else gets hurt so it can at least be somewhat accurate. It's amazing what a little 14 game winning streak will do. What was a battle for the Atlantic division is now a runaway. The top seed in the East and the Presidents' Trophy are now realistic goals. And no one is complaining about the team is destined to fail in the playoffs anymore, which is something we're all glad not to have to read. The "Fire Bylsma" thread keeps sinking further down the board. Even the posts about the team peaking too early have tapered off. They've beaten some rather impressive opponents during this stretch as well, so it can't be said this is a fluke of the schedule.

Today will be Jarome Iginla's debut in a Pittsburgh sweater. I'll just be swooning for most of the game, if that's okay. I'd like to also thank Shero for listening to me and getting him. If he could also find a way to send Kate Upton to my apartment that would be nice. (Though not today- I'm at my parents' house for the weekend. He can wait until Monday to send her.) Hopefully Iginla scores on his debut so no one says he's a bust who is destroying team chemistry. It will be a challenge for Bylsma to juggle his wingers to find the right combination, but he now has options. Having too many good players is a good problem to have. The defense is a different problem at the moment with Letang and Martin out. It will be interesting to see how the team responds to being shorn of their top two defensemen after they've reinvented themselves as a defensively oriented team.

The opponent today is the New York Islanders. They normally treat every game against the Pens as their Stanley Cup, so combine that with the winning streak and the fact that the Pens wiped them out the last time they played and they should be motivated. They also have legitimate playoff aspirations for what seems like the first time in forever. Speaking of the playoffs, here are the standings:

http://espn.go.com/nhl/standings/_/group/2

Assuming the Pens hold on to the top seed, I'm not sure who I'd rather see in the first round. The Rangers are on paper a better team but they're a mess this year. Playing the Isles would give me bad, bad flashbacks. For historical purposes it would be nice if the Caps could get there so the Pens could beat them. The Flyers suck, and it warms the spot where my heart used to be.

It would really suck for the winning streak to end against the Isles, so just win today and don't worry about it. ESPN might even talk about hockey if the Pens get to 15, assuming they can find a segment where they aren't talking about Dwight Howard, LeBron or Tebow.
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Beveridge on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:36 pm

15 is better than 14. Do Work.
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Gaucho on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:36 pm

LET'S GO PENS!!!
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Gaucho on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:36 pm

Stupid awful crappy godforsaken blue jerseys...
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby offsides on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:39 pm

WTF................Martin out for six weeks. :scared: Broken bone. Guess better now than later.
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Pitts on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:39 pm

Seeing Iginla on screen in Penguin gear just brought a tear to my eye! Seriously!!
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:39 pm

Gaucho wrote:Stupid awful crappy godforsaken blue jerseys...


There's a lot going against today's game, which is why I took the thread. I have no fear of failure or pressure. The streak started with me, so if it ends with me then so be it. I don't intend to let that happen.
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby count2infinity on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:39 pm

if someone would PM me a stream, that'd be great.
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby pens2005 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:41 pm

I'm guessing now they won't have much of a problem making their lineup.

This royally sucks.

Hopefully our group continues to band together and at great.

Despres isn't going anywhere now.
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Geezer on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:42 pm

Geez, very little from the press conference but we still get to hear Potash's analysis along with Rossi's insights
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby atkearns on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:44 pm

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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby dman66 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:47 pm

count2infinity wrote:if someone would PM me a stream, that'd be great.


Samesies
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:50 pm

pens2005 wrote:I'm guessing now they won't have much of a problem making their lineup.

This royally sucks.

Hopefully our group continues to band together and at great.

Despres isn't going anywhere now.


Good thing they don't play Philly again- Bylsma may have dressed 5 D just to keep Despres from playing them.
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby mac5155 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:50 pm

IGGY!
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby offsides on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:51 pm

Rocco wrote:
Gaucho wrote:Stupid awful crappy godforsaken blue jerseys...


There's a lot going against today's game, which is why I took the thread. I have no fear of failure or pressure. The streak started with me, so if it ends with me then so be it. I don't intend to let that happen.


Nice thought, but I think the Pens will determine if the streak continues, not you or the blues. :pop:
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby darkstar57 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:52 pm

Iginlas first gam and I have to watch the islanders broadcast of the game awesome
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Gaucho on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:53 pm

mac5155 wrote:IGGY!


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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:53 pm

offsides wrote:
Rocco wrote:
Gaucho wrote:Stupid awful crappy godforsaken blue jerseys...


There's a lot going against today's game, which is why I took the thread. I have no fear of failure or pressure. The streak started with me, so if it ends with me then so be it. I don't intend to let that happen.


Nice thought, but I think the Pens will determine if the streak continues, not you or the blues. :pop:


Wait, you're saying that fans have no control over games? What is this heresy you speak?
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby offsides on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:56 pm

Rocco wrote:
Wait, you're saying that fans have no control over games? What is this heresy you speak?


:D Yeah I know, pretty radical thinking, but I'm sticking to it.
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby count2infinity on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:56 pm

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Postby meow on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:57 pm

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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Gaucho on Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:59 pm

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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby 71Aj66ax87 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:00 pm

Gaucho wrote:LET'S GO PENS!!!
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby PghSkins on Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:00 pm

NOOOOOOOOOOO IGINLA WEARS A BLUE JERSEY!!!!!
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Re: 3/30/2013 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Gaucho on Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:01 pm

12-3 Pens. Crosby, Kunitz, Malkin and Iginla with 6 points each.
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