5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Eismann on Sun May 12, 2013 1:16 am

Damn, I feel good.

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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby JS© on Sun May 12, 2013 1:29 am

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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Pens4Life on Sun May 12, 2013 3:32 am

We played like turds this series,luckily we had Vokoun in a goal last 2 games,and Isles had bad Nabokov. If Isles had someone above average in goal,we would be maybe maybe winners in 7 games,because of the goalscoring talent.

OTHERWISE WE WERE BADLY OUTPLAYED,outhustled in this series and Ottawa might be to hard to beat if we dont improve!
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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby André on Sun May 12, 2013 5:03 am

Henry Hank wrote:
I'm happy for Orpik. He gets crapped on a lot around here and I've been guilty of it too but he's had a pretty special amount of longevity here. 13 years in the organization, more games played as a D than anyone in their history. This'll be something to look back on.


That's sick. I'm still thinking he's a relatively young defenseman, haha.
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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby RxBandit66 on Sun May 12, 2013 6:04 am

On the Iginla goal, it looked to me like Strait was trying to sweep the puck away but Nabokov's pad came across and clipped the shaft of his stick ever so slightly, causing him to shoot the puck into his own net.

I've read some posts advocating a switch back to Fleury because of Vokoun's age, but in reality, 36 is not that old considering the short season, plus the fact that he was rested for much of this regular season. He's fairly fresh and could even play better with more frequent work. Fleury will get his chance to come in and spark the team again, but unless Vokoun implodes or has two poor efforts in a row, this should be his team the rest of the way.

As for the next round, Ottawa matches up very poorly against the Pens. They didn't play very well in this series, however the Penguin team that showed up in games 1 and 5 was scary good, and if that version shows up 4 times out of 7, they can beat anybody.
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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby brwi on Sun May 12, 2013 6:44 am

Eismann wrote:
Lt. Dish wrote:
NashvilleCat wrote:Tyler Kennedy with a game winning goal and an assist on the game winning goal.

Way to show up big when it counts.


TK shows up vs. the Sens often.

A saunter around various boards has yielded early predictions that the Pens are going to get crushed.


Likely same boards that said Pens would crush Isles.

Nobody knows schquat.

Except that 'She's Tight' is a king tune.


"I start to fantasize of Memory Lane....."
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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby DelPen on Sun May 12, 2013 6:51 am

I'm actually not surprised how this series went. Look at any game regular season series with the Isles. There's a couple blowouts where we destroy them, a couple games where it takes OT or SO to beat them and then a couple where we do nothing right and they make us look like crap. No other team except Toronto does that to us.
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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Guinness on Sun May 12, 2013 7:08 am

Eismann wrote:Guinness>>>>>>> Eismann.


Pens need better.


Nah. It was just a feeling.

Eismann wrote:Isles should have won this series.

But they didn't.

Can OTT replicate NYI game?

I don't think so.

But it doesn't matter what Eismann thinks.

Guinness?


I don't think so either, bud.
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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Tico Rick on Sun May 12, 2013 8:17 am

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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby eddysnake on Sun May 12, 2013 8:21 am

Anyone have numbers for special teams for the series? . Besides vokoun id say that was the difference
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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Gaucho on Sun May 12, 2013 8:27 am

eddysnake wrote:Anyone have numbers for special teams for the series? . Besides vokoun id say that was the difference


Pens PP: 33,3% (7 for 21), PK: 90% (18/20)

Thus

Islanders PP: 10% (2 for 20), PK: 66,7% (14/21)
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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby malkinshair on Sun May 12, 2013 8:38 am

Henry Hank wrote:Finally, although I think this series exposed a lot of bad things about this team that will hold them back from winning the Cup, it does feel good for the Pens in a historical sense to finally beat the Islanders in the playoffs. And it just feels good that they actually closed a series out after the last few years. I just wish they showed anything in this series that would give me hope for more.


Um, did you miss games 1 and 5?

The Isles were a bad matchup for the Pens. Their speed and 'youthful exuberance' allowed them to pressure on the forecheck but not lose position on the back line. Their forwards were fast enough to be in 2 places at once, and the Pens never really adjusted...but the only other teams that can match that speed (maybe) are MON and TOR. The Habs are gone, and the Leafs won't get past the Bruins.

Having said all of that, this team hasn't really clicked together yet. This was a series featuring 1 team that was clicking on all cylinders (and has been for about a month and a half) vs. a team with a lot of great parts, but haven't played together at all. Seriously, our lineup last night was only the second game with everyone healthy PLUS the new guys in the lineup. Their still finding themselves as a complete unit...but the couple flashes they've shown when they do are downright scary.
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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby DelPen on Sun May 12, 2013 9:04 am

Still amazed at the winner, hit both posts before going in. Nabby had zero chance and I don't think anyone could one-time a puck to do that if they tried.
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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby Henry Hank on Sun May 12, 2013 9:11 am

Um, did you miss games 1 and 5?


I saw them. I know that the Pens can be a dominant team if they're focused and working for it. I also saw the other four games, where the Islanders completely dictated the games, the Pens took stupid, selfish penalties, and Fleury handed them several goals. One of those things they can easily control and I hope they're smart enough to stick with Vokoun for bailing them out. Even in game five, the Isles came out the better team and that's the kind of things that disturbs me. That was a game where the Pens are needing to make a statement, on their home ice, and they're letting an inferior, inexperienced team take over? That's why I wouldn't count on the Pens magically bringing a better effort next round. They've already established that they can get by with less.

I don't want to be negative, but the first round was everything I didn't want to see, aside from the fact that the Pens managed to win this time.
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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby sniper on Sun May 12, 2013 10:20 am

The Snapshot wrote:
DocEmrick wrote:Montreal wasn't a playoff team. In an 82 game season they would've been out


Yeah they not only lost 4 of their top forwards from an offensively challenged team, but doubled-down on that with a goalie who played as badly as Fleury.


Montreal was the 4th highest scoring team in the league...

Edit: actually tied with Washington for 3rd highest behind only Pittsburgh and Chicago.
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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby midd on Sun May 12, 2013 10:20 am

I know everyone wants to blame MAF for those soft goals. But the truth of the matter is that our defense was horrendous in their own zone. Letang was downright terrible. Multiple turnovers throughout the series resulted in chances and some goals for the Isles. I give the Isles alot of credit for their forecheck and their pressure on the Pens D.

The speed of the Islanders was def. a factor. I also think a factor in losing the series is that they have no crafty veterans to put teams away. Their poor pp proves it and so were the many missed opportunities they had last night. If the can get some free agents they will be a scary team to face again next year.
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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby shmenguin on Sun May 12, 2013 10:25 am

midd wrote:If the can get some free agents they will be a scary team to face again next year.


i don't think this series will change the fact that no one want to play for this franchise. and they aren't making the playoffs next year - book it. they only made it this year because of philly's anomaly of a season, and if this was an 82 gamer, they would have been sitting in 10th place behind the devils and flyers. meanwhile, their defense is still a total joke and they have no goalie. they made the pens look bad with their forechecking over the last couple weeks, and tavares was terrifying with the puck, but this still isn't any kind of legit hockey team.
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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby thepittman on Sun May 12, 2013 10:25 am

midd wrote:I know everyone wants to blame MAF for those soft goals. But the truth of the matter is that our defense was horrendous in their own zone. Letang was downright terrible. Multiple turnovers throughout the series resulted in chances and some goals for the Isles. I give the Isles alot of credit for their forecheck and their pressure on the Pens D.

The speed of the Islanders was def. a factor. I also think a factor in losing the series is that they have no crafty veterans to put teams away. Their poor pp proves it and so were the many missed opportunities they had last night. If the can get some free agents they will be a scary team to face again next year.

true, but fleury needs to steal a few to keep us alive. vokoun did that
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Re: 5/11/13 Islanders v. Penguins- Official Game Thread

Postby The Snapshot on Sun May 12, 2013 1:03 pm

sniper wrote:
The Snapshot wrote:
DocEmrick wrote:Montreal wasn't a playoff team. In an 82 game season they would've been out


Yeah they not only lost 4 of their top forwards from an offensively challenged team, but doubled-down on that with a goalie who played as badly as Fleury.


Montreal was the 4th highest scoring team in the league...

Edit: actually tied with Washington for 3rd highest behind only Pittsburgh and Chicago.


I subscribe to the belief that big goals are often scored by stars - but that when they are not scored by stars they are made possible by goals already scored or set up by stars. Bobby Nystrom doesn't score his big goals without Trottier and Bossy scoring goals that got him to the possibility.

The Habs offense, despite goal totals, was by committee - and to me that is always going to lead to issues in the playoffs. Find me a recent Cup team that had the kind of individual scoring results they had in the regular season.

It's like that old saying that if you have two quarterbacks you have none. If you rely on scoring from everyone then you have nobody to rely on.
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