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5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Wed May 01, 2013 6:57 pm

Preamble

Good evening everyone. The playoff march of the Penguins start tonight, and as usual there's someone important hurt. All season the Pens have shown a remarkable ability to play at a high level despite being shorn of key pieces, and tonight is no different. Brooks Orpik and Sidney Crosby both cast imposing shadows. However, that which the Pens are, they are- and they've been the best team in the East by a country mile even while going through forwards like Spinal Tap went through drummers. At some point this post-season, the Pens will need to get both of them back. However the cupboard isn't exactly empty at this point.

While every playoff game is important, one gets the sense it's more important for Marc-Andre Fleury. Right now his 2009 run looks like the aberration when compared to the last 3 playoffs. He certainly played much better this season after early wobbles and needs to continue the strong play. You can only live off your reputation for so long. Should Fleury return to giving up a goal on the first shot he faces the Pens have a cromulent backup but no one really wants to pull the pin on that grenade. It's also important for the head coach. Maybe Bylsma's job is in jeopardy. Maybe it's not. All that we know is this team will be favored in every series it plays until and unless it gets to the Finals. I don't know about you, but I don't think I want to root for the Atlanta Braves of hockey, and not just because their fans are obnoxious. Really, this should be a matter of redemption for every player on the Pens team who's been on the team the last 3 seasons.

The opponent for the first round is the New York Islanders. They appear to have 3 things going for them- 1) John Tavares is really good; 2) Neither Sid nor Geno have scored against Nabokov; 3) they're 3-0 in the playoffs against the Pens. I'm pretty sure that's the list. On paper, the Isles should just be happy to be here. They played their way down to the #8 seed by dropping their last three games and have problems defensively. However, games are not played on paper, as we all know.

Should the Pens lose there will be copious amounts of panic and RJ will enjoy the increased traffic. There will also be hilarious threads. Should the Pens win there will be, well, copious amount of panic about something. Such is life when you wear the crown of expectations. Let's get it done.
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby shafnutz05 on Wed May 01, 2013 6:58 pm

LETS GO PENS!!!
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby viva la ben on Wed May 01, 2013 6:58 pm

LETS GO PENS!
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby sharpshootr55 on Wed May 01, 2013 7:01 pm

LETS GO PENS!!!!!
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Staggy on Wed May 01, 2013 7:01 pm

GO PENS!!!
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby profpolisci on Wed May 01, 2013 7:02 pm

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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby shafnutz05 on Wed May 01, 2013 7:04 pm

Is that from Buckley vs. Vidal?
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby canaan on Wed May 01, 2013 7:06 pm

Do work
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby mikey287 on Wed May 01, 2013 7:07 pm

Here we go!
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Kaizer on Wed May 01, 2013 7:08 pm

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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby FreeCandy44 on Wed May 01, 2013 7:11 pm

Flying up 22 as we speak!
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Shakes on Wed May 01, 2013 7:12 pm

LET'S GO PENS!!!!!!!!
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Gaucho on Wed May 01, 2013 7:12 pm

LET'S GO PENS!!!

LET'S GO PENS!!!

LET'S GO PENS!!!
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Wed May 01, 2013 7:12 pm

Just saw that I have to overcome yet another juju thread. Wonderful. You people keep doing things that have proven to fail so you can make my life more miserable.
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Matthew Monstar on Wed May 01, 2013 7:13 pm

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GENO going to light the Islanders on fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Lt. Dish on Wed May 01, 2013 7:13 pm

+1 for using "cromulent."

So, if we have to puke from nervousness for any reason, we're to do it in the Pirates' thread, right?

I can't believe how nervous I am.

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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby columbia on Wed May 01, 2013 7:14 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:Is that from Buckley vs. Vidal?


Nah...that's from The Firing Line. :)
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby columbia on Wed May 01, 2013 7:14 pm

:scared: :scared: :scared: :scared: :scared:
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Wed May 01, 2013 7:16 pm

Lt. Dish wrote:+1 for using "cromulent."

So, if we have to puke from nervousness for any reason, we're to do it in the Pirates' thread, right?

I can't believe how nervous I am.

LGP4eva


I keep a bucket nearby at all times. Be prepared for anything. That's what a spiritual leader and board MVP must do.
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby shafnutz05 on Wed May 01, 2013 7:16 pm

Leafs Bruins on CNBC if you guys are looking to kill some time
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby luv66 on Wed May 01, 2013 7:18 pm

Let's go Pens !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kick some fisherman butt :fist:
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby pronovost19 on Wed May 01, 2013 7:18 pm

Lets go boys!
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Rocco on Wed May 01, 2013 7:23 pm

I guess it would be too much to ask for both Kennedy and Engelland to sit. Alas.
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Geezer on Wed May 01, 2013 7:25 pm

Gotta listen to the radio feed.Staggy makes me want to drink and I have to work later.
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Re: 5/1/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Geezer on Wed May 01, 2013 7:26 pm

Rocco wrote:I guess it would be too much to ask for both Kennedy and Engelland to sit. Alas.

I'd like to see 7 defensemen until Sid plays.
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