Game Previews & Reviews

All It Took Was Vokoun …

Posted on 09 May 2013

Well, message sent and message received.  The Pens started veteran net minder Thomas Vokoun tonight in place of Fleury (a game later than they should have), and the Pens finally looked like the Pens of Game 1 once again.

Fleury is the go-to-guy, but even the go-to-guy needs to clear his head every now and then.  And while Fleury clears his head for the remainder of the series, Vokoun looks ready, willing an able to hold down the fort and get the Pens into the second round.

Tonight the Pens made a statement in front of Vokoun.  Not the same level of statement they made in game one, but the exact same kind of statement by shutting out the Islanders and winning the game.

The Pens got goals from Kennedy (1), Murray (2), Crosby (3), and Letang (2).

Crosby’s goal was reminiscent of Mario’s goal, splitting the D on December 20, 1988 against Islanders defensemen Rich Pilon and Jeff Norton.  Fitting that Crosby did the same against the Islanders to lock up game 5 of the first round this year.

Vokoun earned the right to start Game 6, turning aside 31 shots and making a plethora of big saves on the way to the win.

Game 6 is Saturday … at a time still to be determined.

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Nothing Nice To Say

Posted on 14 April 2012

I have absolutely nothing nice to say about the Penguins right now. Absolutely nothing…

So I will just say let’s go Power!

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Game Previews & Reviews, My Opinion

Pens v. Flyers Starts Wednesday

Posted on 08 April 2012

The Pens and the hated Flyers will take to the ice starting Wednesday to face off in the first round of the playoffs.  Game two will be Friday night.

Other thoughts:

Lots of disappointed Flyers fans at the game yesterday hoping to see their team win.  Too bad, so sad.  It just was not meant to be as Malkin notched his 50th goal of the year to seal the deal.  On top of watching the loss, they probably paid a nice premium to watch that loss.  Nice!

The refs called a pretty good game, for a change.  Not much was let go.  It is the way games should be called but rarely are for some unknown reason.  Would be nice to see the playoffs called correctly but every year I get disappointed in the officiating very quickly.

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Game Previews & Reviews

Pens Clinch Home Ice For First Round

Posted on 05 April 2012

The Pittsburgh Penguins secured 4th place in the Eastern Conference with their win tonight against the New York Rangers who are the 1st seed in the Conference.  With the 4th place finish, the Penguins will have home ice for at least the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Tonight’s win versus the Rangers makes Saturday’s game against the Flyers meaningless in terms of where the Penguins will finish.  It does however matter for other things such as Evgeni Malkin’s quest for 50 goals.  Malkin needs just one goal to reach that plateau.

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Ice Chips, My Opinion

Ouch! Hey Mario, How About A Little Lube Next Time And Some Warning?

Posted on 07 February 2012

Well, today I received my request from the Penguins to renew my season tickets in section 201. And boy is my ass sore! Per seat my tickets are going up from $49.50 to $53.50 each! That is an 8% increase!

Look, I know Mario and his crew live a life of champagne wishes and caviar dreams, but an eight freaking percent increase? Seriously? You know, I got a raise this year. It was 2.1%.

I do not know how much longer the Pens can keep these yearly astronomical and out of line with the rest of the nation price increases up. But at the rate things are going soon my pair of seats are going to be close to $10k.

Looks like as a season ticket holder I will be going to even fewer games next year. Maybe 10 at most. The rest will have to be sold just so I can do that and afford to see some games in the playoffs too.

Hey Mario, just a suggestion. You know, from the little people. Next time before you stick it to the season ticket holders how about a little warning and at least offer up some lube?

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Game Previews & Reviews

Pens Down Bruins 2-1

Posted on 04 February 2012

Evgeni Malkin (28) and Matt Cooke (9) scored a goal each and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 of 29 shots to secure a 2-1 victory over the second seeded Bruins this after noon.  Orpik added punctuation to a physical game by sending Bruin Daniel Paille flying some 20 feet across center ice with a crushing check late in the second period.  The Penguins simply out physicalled a strugling Boston squad which coming into the game was just 5-4-1 in their last 10 matches.

Pittsburgh did not register the kinds of shot totals they have been, putting just 28 shots on net for the game and Fleury was strong down the stretch with several key saves on scoring chances with the Briuns looking to tie the game late.  James Neal led the way for the Penguins with six shots.  Newcommer Cal O’Reilly had just one shot and a prime scoring chance that he failed to convert on.  Pittsburgh has to do a quick turnaround and face off against New Jersey at 1:00 PM tomorrow.

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