RANGERS BOXING OUT IN FRONT CONTINUES TO CAUSE PENGUINS TROUBLE
The Penguins were missing Evgeni Malkin and a couple bottom-6 players Wednesday night, the Rangers were missing their two best players, Rick Nash who scored 42 goals last season and their No. 1 shutdown defenseman Ryan McDonagh.
Neither team was obviously at full strength.
The Penguins can hang their hat on out-shooting and out-chancing the Rangers without Evgeni Malkin, while the Rangers can hang their hat on even without McDonagh, one of the NHL’s best shutdown defenders, they continued to succeed in shutting down the Penguins top players the same way they always do as Sidney Crosby was the only Penguin forward without a shot.
“I thought for the most part, we played their top players well,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We made sure we had back pressure. We made sure we had numbers.”
The Rangers got an exceptional game from defenseman Keith Yandle as Crosby was on the ice for just 4 shot attempts for and 10 against when on the ice vs Yandle 5-on-5.
How this game played out is how games often go with the Penguins and Rangers. Pittsburgh outshoots New York and is the stronger possession team but the Rangers are effective at keeping Pittsburgh to the outside and offensively are the most opportunistic team in putting high quality scoring chances in the back of the Penguins net.
“Yes, they [Pittsburgh] probably got a lot of shot attempts, but we were keeping it to the outside, and when they go on the inside, Hank made some real big saves for us,” said Vigneault.
The Penguins have been so good lately of having a strong push in the third period when trailing. That never played out Wednesday night.
Rangers scribes say that last night was one of the rare times the Rangers looked like the Rangers of the last two years.
Pittsburgh is a faster team than a year ago to combat with the Rangers speed down the wings, that was a problem for them in the past, but to make a deep run this season the Penguins are likely going to have to go through the Rangers and Capitals in the Metropolitan Division.
What the Rangers and Capitals have so much in common is not just the elite goaltending that is concerning for the Penguins. Both teams are so good at jamming and boxing out in front of the net defensively, type of defensive teams the Penguins struggle to score goals against.
The Penguins have a ways to go in proving they can finish against the likes of the Rangers, Capitals.
“They jam the front of the net, so it’s hard to score goals,” Kris Letang said of the Rangers. They block shots. Their goalie is an outstanding goalie.”
A lot different than beating up on a Craig Anderson or an inexperienced netminder like John Gibson.
As of just before puck drop Wednesday night, word coming out of the Penguins organization was the Penguins were not planning to make a waiver claim on Christian Ehrhoff.[hide]
We’ll find out in an hour if the Daley injury changed their thinking at all but doesn’t sound like it.[/hide]
Penguins seeking 3rd line center?
Darren Dreger on the NBCSN telecast mentioned “in a perfect world” the team would like to add a “third/fourth line center.”
That comment raised some eyebrows as the Penguins have five centers on their roster when healthy, though, there’s been talk that Nick Bonino may need sTo read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
According to Le Journal de Montreal,Hawks are are eyeing on Oilers left wing Teddy Purcell.Also
Blackhawks are also keeping tabs on Boston Bruins left wing Loui Eriksson, who is also set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Vancouver paper predicts Hamhuis to Pittsburgh at the deadline.
yoda predicts a .905% for st.blurry in the month of april
stanchion predicts yogurt finishes the month of april likely still too dumb to figure out how to wipe his own ass, and still incapable of being able to count to 50.
Sam Predicts Stan Finishes his load in Npl’s Mouth
Stanch predicts that, for the forseeable future, same won’t be able to see his on pen|s, because of how large and in charge he is. That’s our lil’ porkchop!
This headline killed a journalism professor.
I wonder how dailey’s injury is? Hope he goes against Carolina. We will need him….have a feeling it will be a close game
Go see deadpool…. That is all
I miss the daily 5.
How many more days til the next article?
Saving up for the trade deadline day.
In other news. Pens will play the Panthers on Jagr’s Birthday
Perron with another goal tonight. It’s amazing what a change of scenery can do for players.
He sucks right Stan and npl
He’s a soft frenchy
Yep, still sucks.
Just like you npl
The Savard injury must have been holding Kessel up too.
To save Sam time: Chubby, hot dog, american, Bennett, misspellings, DB, delirium, orpig
The home records for Florida, Tampa, Pittsburgh combined: 51-24-9
The home records for all Canadian teams: 90-73-20
Hahahahahaha. Le mausolee francais
How about. How many Stanley Cup won by Canadian teams VA American teams combined you fat fuckk
When it became an actually real league since 1967? The 6 team league was nothing more than a beer league and pick ups were pretty much fixed-so championships were complete bullshit
If you insist…
Since the OJ Simpson verdict:
America has won 21 Stanley Cups
Canada ZERO Stanley Cups
Clearly, hockey is an American sport
the NHL point system needs revamped. who else noticed only 6 teams have a losing record?
That’s what a salary cap does. It creates a .500 league.
i’m in favor of bringing back the tie
If you lose, you should get a big fat zero, regardless when it happened. Maybe an overtime win should only be worth 1 point. It would put more of an emphasis on winning in reg.
Proving once again that you are completely clueless, there are 7 teams in the Eastern conference with losing records, an overtime loss is still a lose even though you get a pity point for losing after regulation.
to the casual observer, there are only 6 teams who have more L than W.
Not even an instand buzz on the win last night?
Savard. Is. Back!!!! Open the floodgates!
That Kessel goal was an incredible shot. Hope he maintains the effort level we saw last night.
Kessel was in beast mode last night. Extended shifts covering in the defensive zone while his linemates changed. #1 star.
Better than Nathan.
Look the team he played against and like his most goals this year it’s mostly vs unless teams. When game matters he is no where to be found on the ice
Hurricanes were 8-3-2 going into last nights game. Seriously dude, will we ever know the full depth of your stupidity?
6-1-1 vs Metro last 22
13-5-4 last 22
It’s been an awesome stretch. Still got some weaknesses but even the most pessimistic people have to be a bit encouraged
Who is that girl in your avatar?
Great game by Kessel. Stepped up with the real captain out and Crosby on PTO.
Yeah with his lucky shot that went in. I rather have tk at least he costs less with same kind of shots and production
He was all over the ice last night. Stepped up big with Sid on PTO this week
Thank God for the French players. Fleury with goaltending and Letang winning the game. And fluke goal by chubby .TK 2.0
Trade him. Get Nathan.
Cue yoda blaming MAF for 25 minutes of shutout hockey while he gets no help from his team after getting that all important one goal lead
Sid has to bury those
Nvm… Checked away
Le Mausoleum Bell.
All hail st blurry! Your God!
Just in case your TV catches Habs vs sabres Mr Stan and npl check it out sabres arena is full of red Jersey you don’t see any sabres fan.
I don’t see any NHL caliber players in red. Unless you count Eichel’s hair.
Trade chubby. For Nathan.
The future Hall of Famer bailing them out early once again.
To answer your question Yoda, I don’t care if he is an elite talent of his generation, I will guarantee 100% that MAF will be in the HOF after he retires(assuming his career isn’t suddenly cut short by some freak injury). At the age of 31 he’s already in the top 20 all time in wins and he’s 32nd in shutouts, assuming he plays 5 more years which isn’t unrealistic he’ll finish his career in the top 5 all time in wins and top 15-20 in shutouts. Then you also consider the fact that his GAA and sv% compare favorably… Read more »
He is the closest one to reach brodeurs wins if he continues this way with wins
Cap might drop by $4 million next year? It’s time to make this an all US league. Canadian teams are poorly-run, garbage factories and the Canadian dollar is prohibiting this league from progressing.
Move Toronto to Cleveland, Montreal to Jacksonville, Winnipeg back to its rightful home in Atlanta, Ottawa to Hartford, Vancouver to Seattle, Calgary to San Francisco, Edmonton to Las Vegas
Yup you are right move them to U.S so a soon as those team don’t make playoffs you’ll see more empty arena you clown. Even if all canadian teams Don’t make playoffs arenas are always full can’t say same for U.S teams since the average fan base in u.s are bandwagons. But I guess you rather have empty seats than Canadian teams .Real bright
The Jacksonville Americens
Hey npl how’s Parise doing fraud overpaid American I tough he waa going to carry the team to the Stanley Cup when he first signed with his partner in crime fraud defenseman
You tough wrong apparently.
Savard activated from IR – HERE WE GO!!!!!
hey guys – Leafs chomping at the bit to add Ladd for a potential playoff run, per Sam.
Hey guys _ Pens giving the C to Kessel for a potential Leadership, per Stan
I’m still waiting on you to point out where I supposedly have this undying love for Phil Kessel. It can’t be done. Because it doesn’t exist.
Think they can swap Franson for Ladd straight up?
Anything’s possible – especially with the giant step forward that blue line took getting rid of Phaneuf.
The headlines are always so brutal. D, simplify things. You want clickbait? Use the power of intrigue, not your article’s first paragraph in the headline.
Bro get the fuckk out of here get a fuckin life already you sad fuckk.
can’t believe how people don’t see your stupidities here, Either they are dumb like you that they see as a normal behavior ,or they are just blind
Yeah. His stupidities. He’s not sharp like you.
Clearly, Sam takes writing classes at CalU
try starting that sentence with ‘apparently’. feel free to try starting all of your sentences with ‘apparently’. i think you will be happy with the results.
If you think a period is necessary to prevent run-on sentences, stop overthinking things, and just keep going.
Apparently some teams are interested in Boedker Canadiens,Panthers, Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators are among the teams eyeing him for now
Why would the canadiens be interested in a pending UFA when they’re going to miss the playoffs?
you are such a **** head . maybe they want to get him and sign him for next year and let go other players this summer.
why would pens be intrested in a pending UFA when they’re going to be eliminated by the first round ?
Maybe to help them not get eliminated in the 1st round? Dunno, just a thought. Montreal on the other hand should be in fire sale mode.
I guess hope springs eternal once you make it, porkchop. The point is, when you’re not going to make it, you can always wait and just overpay for him in free agency – you know – the way they gave the farm away for Scott Gomez.
why is st.blurry referred to as a superstar? his stats are average. why do you guys suck up the propaganda BS?
Who called him a “super”star? In 7 years I’ve never once since a single person on this site use that word to describe MAF. Star or future Hall of Fame Yes but never superstar.
do you think st.blurry is a future hall of famer? is he an elite goalie of his generation?
Gutless Canadian Carey Price done for the year.
He wants to imitate Dipietro.
If that’s the case, I’ll punch that weirdo Canadian Carey Price in the face and knock him out Brent Johnson-style.
Apparently eichel suckss compare to McDavid. It’s like crosby, Bobby Ryan. Obviously Canadian is better
Canadian is better at taking months off during the season. How many games did McDavid take off while nursing his sprained vaglna?
Sprained vagina yes. Clearly showing your lack of intellect and knowledge.
Was it a strained vaglna?
5 points is always impressive – but not nearly as much when you’re basically playing in a junior game again for the first time in a year. That Leafs lineup is jokesville.
Well eichel has more chance to do since he plays the Leafs more often. Hadn’t done it other than humping DB
Eichel and the Sabres have played against Toronto a grand total of one time, back on October 21. Try again.
You beat me to it – I’m seriously, it’s like he WANTS to give you a roadmap for how stupid he is.
what i meant you fat fuck sabres have more chance to play the leafs on a yearly basis . so your eichel has more chance to have 5 point game vs the leafs jokesville lineup that your buddy called
Told u guys pens should’ve reader malkin and bennett for oilers first overall. An got McDavid.
Not sure how productable that read would be
Like Sam told you clowns jeb bush next us president but no people stead call me racist
Pens should go get Teddy Purcell.
Anyone see Nyquist break $7 million Phaneuf’s ankles last night? Or see Zetterberg blow right past him for a goal?
Pens interested in another center…they want to establish the 2 centers/1 winger model:
He sucks off your mom.
Cam Ward, Chris Osgood, Antti Niemi, JS Giguere, Corey Crawford, Tim Thomas Nikolai Khabibulin all have cups. I’ll take these guys and their cups over the King and his no cup any day. It’s suprising how average a goalie has to be to win a cup. No more Roy’s and Brodeur’s needed.
I bet there are people on here who think Trump has a shot at being president. LMAO. Iowa and New Hampshire almost has a higher percentage of white people as Quebec does French weirdos. Not an accurate representation of the real vote, at all.
You think Batshit Bernie is electable?
Unfortunately, yes. Obama won big because of the minority and youth vote. Thats who Bernie appeals to most. (Minus women due to Hillary Clinton) Trumps not getting either of those votes. Him winning the Republican nomination is just guaranteeing a democratic president. Rubio is honestly the only dude that stands a chance on the right. But the last thing j want is a guy who sweats uncontrollably during a minor debate making important, pressure-packed decisions. Overall, were fukked no matter what, so lets at least get slick Willy back in the house.
The problem with the youth vote is that most of them have no clue about the candidates or policies.
Yes and no. When discussing the youth vote, you’re mostly talking about current college students, recent grads, or those fresh to the workforce. The difference is impressionability. The majority of youth is easily swayed at the sight of new evidence. Which is a good quality, but also a bad one. Conversely, older generations tend to dismiss almost all evidence that doesn’t fit their line of thinking. With that said, the majority of both groups really don’t look at the full crop objectively, and cater to whomever is spouting the words that interest them the most without really questioning their strategy… Read more »
Hope trump wins who knows he may come up with a new rule no fat fuckks like you npl. And deport all of you fat lazy slobs somewhere in Africa with no food so you can all lose weight and come back and be productable and not lazy on couch depending on tax payers money eating ice cream and hot dogs while singing milk shake
Remember when you guaranteed Jeb Bush as next president? Hahaha. Think that was right around the time Marty St.Louis decided to hang them up.
Why do the Pens have no shot against the Caps? They’re 1-1 against them this year.
More trade coming up for the Sens apparently they are front runners for Drouin
Cornering the market on big names and little production. Solid plan. At least this one won’t cost them a hilarious 7M
Drouin is a pouty Canadian bitch.
and benett is a american Sisi
his cost of his medical bills with pens are probably more than his own Salary
Bennett at $800K had a better game than Sid last night at $12M
They’re equally useless. What’s your point? One can’t stay healthy and the other is more likely to hurt himself pouting over playing time that he hasn’t earned.
I’m a little more concerned about Fleury. He’s playing the same way he has always played when we open things up. He was good in the old system that also killed our offense.
Last night though he did not let in a bad shot. The 2 on 1 goal could have been stopped but even the best goalies give up goals in that situation when the shot is perfect.
how do you think Brodeur been best goalie or Price doing good last few years .?
With American defensemen hiding the french weirdo goalie’s mental fragility. #soff
Jackets have signed defenseman Ryan Murray to a two-year contract extension worth $5.65 million,
So our resident clueless idiot is using a rough 4 game stretch from MAF as some delusional evidence for why the Pens are screwed and acts like every goalie doesn’t have these type of stretches ever season, well don’t fear because as usual I’m here to correct said idiot with some actual and factual evidence to show how clueless he is. From Dec 9th – Dec 30th the almighty Henrik Lundqvist had a 8 game stretch where his sv% was .868 and finished the month of December with a .892 for the MONTH, also as recently 1/25-2/6 he had a… Read more »
“Forget about game, I’mma spit the troof!” -Jaydogg
4 game stretch? Try ten years pal.
here is the difference, lunqvist will struggle in december, st.blurry is great in december. lundqvist is awesome in april. st.blurry will put up a .855 in april when the playoffs arrive.
NPL10 when he is not on this site or when he is not working at the KFC
so you guys are saying that playing from behind in the NHL is no different that playing with the lead?
Why are we paying $12 million to a center that can’t be expected to score once your team get scored on? Seems like a waste of money.
No there is a difference… I wish our guys would have gone out and got that 1st goal! I wish our forwards would have allowed their D to make the fucking mistake that lead to the 2 – 1 and we buried it… idiot
1st goal came at the 8:34 mark of the 1st… for 8:34 we could have got there 1st. There we 12 pucks thrown at the NY net in that time… this includes blocked shots etc. We had 12 pucks we either pissed away the chance or didnt get the job done… NY took 8 in that period. With the last one being a shot that was taken and a rebound kicked towards 3 Penguin defenders in the area.. not one gets to the puck, when NY retrieves it not one makes a play towards it. They got caught looking… there… Read more »
I was wrong, Daley made a half assed poke check effort… Hornqvist lied down in front of MAF making a little contact with im but ultimately out of the shooting angle and Crosby… well Sids been great lately but that was as lazy a back check as we have seen from him this year!
dude, if it was once in a while it would be no big deal. however go look at all of the pens loses in the playoffs since 09. your patron saint, st.blurry let in a goal in the 1st 5 minutes of playoff games at least 15 times since 09. it really is a big problem.
Yeah – it’s hard to play from ahead when your combined $20 million center / wing combo can’t get a goal. Throw in your $7.25 million “star” defenseman, too.
you need to earn goals against a top tier team in the NHL. st.blurry gives out freebees. that’s the problem.
I always knew that Chubby stan was hiding his fat behind pens Jersey. Id be fat too if I worked for Dunkin donuts
You ARE fat. Not you’d BE fat. Porkchop.
I love when comments are made about how the team is built with half of the starters on the shelf with injury. Phenomenal analysis.
pens will make the playoffs but wont pass to the 2nd round with the Current roster they have . Bonino and fehr needs to be back and still add another bottom 6 and a defense . pens future relies on FEB 29th
I know your joking but there literally isn’t a defenseman that is affordable on the trade market for the assets we need. The only options will be an overpayment for a douglas murray type. A guy who will costs a lot and won’t be much better than lovejoy.
st.blurry, .865% over last 4 games. heeeeere we go again! you guys would rather miss the playoffs with blurry in net than make the playoffs with someone else.
Cant win if u dont score
it was the same situation under MJ when team played vs rags in the playoffs
saaaame exuse for years. when you immediately go down 1-0 because your goalie lets in a turd you aren’t going to win against a top NHL team who can shut it down and trap it up for 50 minutes. i don’t see lundqvist letting in turds. that’s why the pens will never win a series with the clown in net.
Yep – same situation for years – team gets shutout and you don’t blame the $8 million wing or the $12 million “best player in the world” for not scoring – because you’re too stupid to analyze a game – you just go to the goalie. You’re just not capable of handling anything beyond that.
The worst part is that it’s not as if we don’t see when MAF doesnt help the team out but its all for not if he stands on his head while he gets zero support from the “best talent of their generation”
Whether your goalie lets in a bad goal or not, the team still had 60 min to score, and they didnt. You can rail fluery all you want, however the rangers dont have a crosby or letang either. 1 goal shouldnt be a cataclysmic event for this team.
you aren’t going to score when a team with a great D can trap the entire game because your goalie puts you behind the 8 ball to start the game. scoring 1st in the NHL is huge.
The incredible irony to this post… scoring 1st is huge… Think about that for a second you fucking retard. We were shut out last night because we had so called major players in that area not show up vs the Rags again.
Sometimes, you have to find a way-they dont find ways against the rangers
what happened to Sprong pens burn his 10 games and now they dont even use him or he is injured
They sent him back to juniors because he got caught blowing your penls laden mom.
I can’t fathom how this moron doesnt get how that works yet lol.
here is the same losing formula since 2009. in a big game st.blurry gets super fired up. in the 1st 10 minutes the other team throws a wrister on goal, he freaks out and kicks it into the slot, he then starts freaking out rolling around all over the place and the rebound is burried. then the other team plays complete shut down hockey and traps it up. the end.
It was a bad rebound, however where were the Penguins defenders? They let that fella moon walk in front of the goal and score.
Fleury didn’t score enough last night. Sid was a -3 with 0 shots, but that was likely MAF’s fault too.
lol, since 2009… you know… the year they won the cup
Indirectly, what Yogurt is saying is that one goal in the first is too much from this team to recover from – they’re that fragile. Had 50 minutes between goals and they couldn’t figure it out – thus – it’s the goalie’s fault. It’s like high octane retardation.
Anyone want to acknowledge that Haglin, while a really nice player, is a better fit as a 3rd liner. His marginal success so far is due to Malkin. Kessel is a complete anchor.
kessel le voleur
kessel sucks. he’s already hiding out being mr.invisible now, just wait until the playoffs. (if st.blurry doesn’t ruin it. he’s starting to suck again)
If you’re going to make a comment about a player, atleast spell his fuckking name right!