Penguins 2 – Capitals 0: The Champs are Moving On

 

Penguins 2 – Capitals 0 Off to the Conference Finals for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pittsburgh Penguins on goals from Bryan Rust and Patric Hornqvist, knocked out the President Trophy winners for the second straight season with a 2-0 win in Game 7. Washington’s momentum from Games 5 and 6 did not carry over into Game 7 and the Penguins showed tonight why they’re the defending Stanley Cup Champions. From Marc Andre Fleury between the pipes, to skaters 1-18, it was a vintage Penguin performance in everyone doing what it took to deliver a win. The Penguins withstood an early surge as the Capitals had four shots in the first 2:18, only to hold the Capitals without a shot for the next 13 minutes in period one. The Penguins started to get to their game and would then be the one’s to rise to the occasion from there. Mr. EliminationRead More »

Game 7 Series Buzz: Can Penguins halt the Capitals momentum?

 

Game 7 Series Buzz Will the Penguins all-time record on the road in Game 7’s improve to 6-0 after tonight? The Penguins might not have momentum in the series anymore but Game 7’s in hockey are not easy to predict. Who rises to the moment and who doesn’t is what determines who comes out on top of what is a one game playoff tonight. With the way the last two games have gone, we should see very early where this game is going to trend. Teams that score the first goal in Game 7’s are 124-42 all-time. For Pittsburgh, how they start is going to tell the story with how the Capitals have taken over the series since the third period of Game 5. Pittsburgh needs to strike early or at least establish their pace in carrying the play and start to get in the Capitals heads again. A strongRead More »

Latest NHL Buzz: Where does quick moving goaltending market now leave Penguins?

 

Latest NHL Buzz The goaltending market is playing out as expected. Scott Darling ending up in Carolina and nabbing a four year contract and after Darling’s rights were traded, it was a near lock Ben Bishop’s rights would be traded to Dallas or Calgary. Dallas won out yesterday in landing Bishop for a 4th round pick. The Flames were also in the mix. Bishop wanted to sign with Dallas on July 1, so it’s expected to be smooth sailing on the two sides reaching an extension. A lot of goaltenders available this summer, few teams looking for big ticket starters. If the Penguins season ends tonight, they might be smart to get a jump on things with Marc Andre Fleury. Despite Fleury’s sometimes spectacular play in the playoffs, his market hasn’t changed. Entering game 7 tonight with a .910 save percentage in Round 2, clubs believe Fleury needs a greatRead More »

Game 6 Breakdown: Capitals have taken over the Neutral Zone

 

Game 6 Fallout Key Area Capitals have taken over series The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost control of the series in a matter of four periods. “Thought we controlled a lot of the zone time. Thought we won a lot of the battles,” Caps coach Barry Trotz said of his club after Monday night’s 5-2 win in Game 6. The Penguins have been outscored 8-2 over the last four periods and most glaring is the lack of shots getting on net for the Penguins. Over the last six periods the Penguins shot totals have been 7, 3, 12, 3, 6, and 9. The Capitals have figured something out. “We moved our feet. We stayed in the battle,” Trotz said. “I thought our tracking game was really good. I thought our structure was really good. I thought our communication in terms of responsibilities and our coverages were pretty solid. When you doRead More »

Dominant Caps Force a Game 7

 

Capitals 5 – Penguins 2 The series is heading to a seventh game and all of the momentum is with the home team Wednesday night. The Washington Capitals put on a mockery of the Penguins Monday night at the PPG Paints Arena in a dominant 5-2 victory. Washington held Pittsburgh to eight shots through the first 40 minutes of the game and scored three times on their first 17 shots, the dagger being an odd-man rush goal from Nicklas Backstrom 16 seconds into the third period that buried the hapless  Penguins tonight. A good way to sum up the Penguins performance was lifeless but credit goes to the Capitals. They executed a great game plan and the Capitals beat the Penguins in every facet and frustrated the Penguins throughout. For the first time in the Mike Sullivan era, the opposition looks to be in the Penguins heads and Pittsburgh beingRead More »

Jameson Taillon treated for suspected testicular cancer

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that starting pitcher Jameson Taillon was treated this morning at Allegheny General Hospital for suspected testicular cancer. The Pirates say further testing is required before a charted course is determined. Taillon released a message on twitter moments ago. pic.twitter.com/ZcwEXwfDNz — Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon19) May 8, 2017 We wish Jameson a speedy and full recovery.

Series Buzz: Penguins eyeing more balance to matchup against Caps line changes from Game 5

 

Series Buzz Game 6: Capitals @ Penguins Barry Trotz and the Washington Capitals saw a shake of the lines pay dividends in the third period of Game 5 and tonight in Game 6 it will be the Pittsburgh Penguins shaking things up. In a close out situation again, Mike Sullivan and the Penguins coaching staff are experimenting with going back to the HBK line as there was a shakeup this morning with the top-9: Sidney Crosby centered Conor Sheary and Patric Hornqvist; Evgeni Malkin centering Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust; Nick Bonino centering his old pals Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel with Chris Kunitz – Matt Cullen – Tom Kuhnhackl rounding out the four lines. It’s basically the same top three lines as last post-season, with the rookie Guentzel in Kunitz’ place on the Malkin line. “We’re trying to put lines together that we think gives us the best chanceRead More »

Game 5 Fallout: From Holtby to the Capitals stars, they have life heading into Game 6

 

Game 5 Fallout: Momentum trending towards Capitals? The Pittsburgh Penguins closing out the series in five games that would have included winning all three games on the road never would have seemed to be in the cards prior to the series starting. Yet, here were the Penguins Saturday night holding a 2-1 lead after two periods and Pittsburgh’s stifling play defensively had the Capitals lifeless. Barry Trotz playing Alex Ovechkin on the third line looked like a disaster as Ovechkin was invisible through two periods and Pittsburgh’s opening goal came against the Ovechkin-Eller-Wilson line when an Eller’s turnover in the neutral zone led to the Penguins striking first. Things, though, would change seconds into the third period. A big Braden Holtby save on Tom Kuhnhackl early in the third prevented the Penguins going up 3-1 and the Penguins uncharacteristically quit skating on the backcheck and Washington exposed their poor gapRead More »

Off-Day Buzz: Crosby Skates; Penguins long-term goaltending situation to change?

 

Off-Day Buzz: Crosby Skates The Pittsburgh Penguin were off today and not practicing but it wasn’t an off-day for Sidney Crosby. Recovering from a concussion suffered in Monday’s Game 3, Crosby skated in full gear this morning and it wasn’t just a casual skate. “I can confirm Sid skated today and is in the process of rehabbing,” head coach Mike Sullivan said during a conference call. “We’ll just leave it at that. He’s day to day and keeping each day as it comes. We rely on our medical staff and they’re good at what they do. He’s in the [rehabilitation] process right now and will continue to be, and it will be a day-to-day situation.” This doesn’t mean by any means that Crosby is going to return this series but no one with the team is ready to rule it out just yet. The optimism continues. There was talk insideRead More »