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Rangers shut down Penguins 2-1 to reclaim momentum

PITTSBURGH (AP) Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 shots and the New York Rangers regained control of their first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 2-1 win in Game 3 on Tuesday night. Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider scored for New York, which dominated for two periods then held on late to take a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Patric Hornqvist scored...
Via AP on Fox
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sidney Crosby locked out of Penguins dressing room before Game 3 (Video)

Sidney Crosby was accidentally locked out of the Pittsburgh Penguins dressing room prior to Monday night's Game 3 of their first round playoff series against the N.Y. Rangers.The door opened eventually, but what a weird situation. First the Penguins spell Crosby's name wrong on the cover of their game program, and now this. Is this any way for them to treat their captain? Talk...
Via Holdout Sports
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: Penguins Drop a Sleeper to the Rangers, 2-1 by @wutendeskind

Shots: 26 New York Rangers – 24 Pittsburgh Penguins Shot Attempts: 51 Pittsburgh Penguins – 44 New York Rangers Scoreboard: 2-1, New York Rangers Game 3 of Penguins-Rangers found the Penguins struggling with familiar foes: line changes; stick penalties; shot generation; and Marc Staal’s advanced knowledge of the new NHL rulebook, which the Penguins cannot seem to...
Via PensInitiative
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Game 3 of Penguins vs Rangers: a (Scanners) Recap by @DXTraeger

This is me, and this is my brain during the Stanley Cup playoffs(photo from the movie "Scanners") The Pittsburgh Penguins, fresh off of their 4-3 victory against the New York Rangers on Saturday night, looked to take the lead in the two teams' opening round series during Monday night's Game 3 at the Consol Energy Center.Go ahead, read the rest »
Via PensInitiative
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Metro Division Semis Game Three: Rangers at Penguins

The Rangers and Penguins are back at it tonight for Game Three of their series. The Penguins evened the series on Saturday night, and the story of that game was the Rangers inefficient powerplay. They went just one-for-seven in that game, and it presumably has cost them the series already. In all seriousness, the powerplay Read more → The post Metro Division Semis Game Three: Rangers...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

I Love It When They Chant "Crosby Sucks" and This & That by @ChicksDigHockey

(via Penguins) *~ I love it when opponents chant "CROSBY SUCKS". The NYR crowd managed several rounds of the popular chant at the garden and were especially vocal during Saturday’s Game 2....until he scored  twice. I hope they do it every game! In fact, I’d be all for chanting it at CEC!! It ignites Crosby.  Match meet gasoline!! Sid is such an intense perfectionist that...
Via PensInitiative
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 3 Between the Rangers and the Penguins

POSTGAME THOUGHTS: Game 1  | Game 2 By Annie Shean (@JustPuckIt) The series is even now after a 4-3 Penguins win at Madison Square Garden Saturday night. The Penguins hope to bring the momentum back with them for their first game of the series in front of the home crowd. Both Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz were able to light the lamp Saturday night,  but the Rangers were close...
Via The PensNation
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Update: Cole a Keeper

Jim Rutherford drew tons of criticism for his moves at the trade deadline. Clearly feeling the heat, the venerable GM felt compelled to defend the deals in an April 14 interview with Jason Mackey of the Tribune Review. While promising Simon Despres may prove to be the fish that got away, JR partly redeemed himself by plucking Ian Cole from the banks of the Mighty Mississippi for...
Via PenguinPoop
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Need to Win Game Three to Build Momentum

The Pittsburgh Penguins celibate a goal by Chris Kunitz as New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist (30) and Dan Girardi (5) react during the third period of Game 2 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday, April 18, 2015, in New York. The Penguins won the game 4-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) The Pittsburgh Penguins entered their first round series with the...
Via The Sports Journal
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: ECQ Game 2 – Crosby leads the way as Pens beat Rangers 4-3, tie series at 1

By: Meesh Shanmugam Pens 4  Rangers 3 Series: Tied at 1 Goals Sutter (1) (PP) from Downie, Kunitz Crosby (1) from Hornqvist, Cole Crosby (2) from Kunitz, Martin Kunitz (1) (PP) from Sutter, Perron Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Cole (high-sticking) – Careless (reaches out to poke check Miller and hits Miller in the face as his stick rides up Miller’s stick...
Via The PensNation
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Sidney Crosby scores two, Penguins tie series 1-1

View image | The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 4-3 on Saturday night to take game two even the best-of-seven series at one game apiece heading back to Pittsburgh. Anybody that read my preview of this series from a Penguins’ fan perspective knows that I am equally shocked that the Penguins managed to […] The post Sidney Crosby scores two, Penguins...
Via Along the Boards
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: much improved in game two

After a devastating 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers in game one on Thursday, the Penguins responded nicely Saturday evening. Marc Andre Fleury was nothing short of sensational in game one and he again performed at a high level in game two. Despite his defense disappearing at key times, Fleury has been solid for the Penguins. Both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin played great games...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Stun Rangers 4-3

Take that, New York. In a gutsy effort that harkened back to their glory days, the Penguins overcame adversity—not to mention atrocious officiating—to beat the New York Rangers Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. With the pulse-pounding 4-3 victory, the Pens snapped a four-game postseason losing streak and evened the series at one game apiece. It was a night of heroics for...
Via PenguinPoop
2 days ago  |  Discuss

PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: Round 1, Game 2. Pens looking to even up the series.

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers 8:00 PM – NBC Madison Square Garden, New York, New York It’s kind of unheralded for there to be optimism surrounding the Penguins after a playoff loss, but hanging with the Rangers the way they did in Game 1 wasn’t expected either. Outside of a start that couldn’t have been worse and the parade of dumb penalties, the Pens actually...
Via The Pensblog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

First Round Preview: Rangers vs. Penguins

It’s hard to believe that perhaps just 5 years ago, the Rangers would ever be favored against a Crosby-led Penguins team, but here we are. The Penguins limped to the finish line losing 9 of their last 13 games, making the playoffs in the final day against a tanking Buffalo Sabres team and finishing the season at 43-27-12, good for 98 points. A year after the Rangers eliminated...
Via NY Rangers Blog
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: playoff preview, first round

The regular season has come to a close and the Penguins have squeaked into the playoffs as the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. They have drawn a tough matchup as they will face their division rival, the New York Rangers. New York is coming off of a strong season having won the President’s trophy, which is awarded to the team with the most points in the regular season. It will...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Evgeni Malkin Battling Through Pain to Keep Penguins Afloat

PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 28: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes a shot while getting tripped up by Shane Doan #19 of the Arizona Coyotes at Consol Energy Center on March 28, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) The Pittsburgh Penguins are loaded with offensive talent with players like Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist, Kris...
Via The Sports Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting the opposition: Marc-Andre Fleury

Finally, after 82 games and 187 days, the Rangers now know they will be facing in the first round of the playoffs. After a relatively strong start to the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins, suffering from a number of significant injuries, limped into the 8th and final playoff spot on Saturday. In preparation for the start Read more → The post Scouting the opposition: Marc-Andre Fleury...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins recalled Scott Wilson from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Scott Wilson returns to NHL. (Photo/USA TODAY Sports)The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Scott Wilson from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) on Tuesday, April 14. Wilson is making his second trip up to the National Hockey League (NHL) this season after being recalled prior to Christmas. His NHL debut didn’t go as planned, suffering...
Via Mill City Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Stanley Cup playoffs first round schedule

The schedule and matchups for the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs are set, with the action set to begin on Wed., April 15. EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 Montreal vs. No. 4 Ottawa Season series: 3-1 Senators Wednesday, April 15: Ottawa at Montreal, 7, NHL Network Friday, April 17: Ottawa at Montreal, 7, CNBC Sunday, April 19 , Montreal at Ottawa, 7, NBC Sports Network...
Via Sports-Glory
6 days ago  |  Discuss

How Good is Fleury Compared to Other Playoff Goalies?

View image | The NHL playoffs begin this week.  I figured it’d be a good idea for TopSportsReport to have rankings to help fans understand the playoffs better, make their predictions better, and also, simply increase discussion surrounding this year’s playoffs. The goalie is one of the most important players on the ice, if not the most important.  Taking...
Via TopSportsReport
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Analytics: Penguins are a much weaker team without Kris Letang

It took until the last night of the regular season, but the Pittsburgh Penguins have officially snuck into the playoffs after a 2-0 shutout win over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday evening. Unfortunately, they’re going to have to play for the chance to win the Stanley Cup without their number one defenseman, Kris Letang. The blueliner has been […] The post Analytics: Penguins are...
Via Along the Boards
8 days ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 82. Brandon Sutter and Marc-Andre Fleury save the season. Pens win 2-0.

Brandon Sutter is soft. He is probably one of the worst third-line centers in the NHL. But damn it all. He scored one goal, got hit in the face with a puck, got some stitches, and then came back and scored another. We’ve jobbed Sutter all year long. But he stepped up in the biggest game of the season. Nothing else you can say. But he wasn’t the number-one star. That was Marc...
Via The Pensblog
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Aftermath: (4/4/15) vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Jackets continue to play spoiler. Racking up their franchise best 9th straight win, beating the rivaled Penguins 5-3. Yes the Penguins were shorthanded missing both Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang but still it’s always great to beat a divisional rival (especially Pittsburgh). Highlights The Good, Better and Best  Good: Marko Dano Dano continues to impress me. It looks as if he’s...
Via BS Hockey
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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