GAME DAY REPORT --Sam Kasan
PENSTV SOUNDSidney Crosby Kris Letang Rob Scuderi --Sam Kasan
QUOTE 'EM--Michelle Crechiolo and Sam Kasan
Kunitz and Crosby share a smile
Neal with the free flowing chin strap
Letang eyes up Michelle's lens
Jokinen--Sam Kasan & Michelle Crechiolo
Defenseman Brooks Orpik, who did not play in Game 5, was the only absent player at the Pens morning skate.
The Penguins used the following workflow...
The defense skated in end-to-end rushes in pairs of three.
(For those commenting below on "pairs of three," the team used two groups (pairs) of three defensemen skating in each. Hope that clarifies).
PP1: Martin, Niskanen up top. Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz down low.
PP2: Maatta, Letang up top. Neal, Jokinen, Sutter down low. --Sam Kasan
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
The overtime hero of Game 4
The regulation hero of Game 4
Dan Bylsma put Sid and Geno on a line together in Game 5 partly to get them away from this guy
Wisniewski took a couple of ill-advised penalties in Game 5
CBJ coach Todd Richards elevates the puck--Sam Kasan & Michelle Crechiolo
START THE DAY
Good morning hockey fans! Tonight the Pens have a chance to eliminate the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 6 and advance into the second round of play. Here are some game notes to get you ready for the action...
- Tonight the Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets play Game 6 (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at Nationwide Arena.
- The Penguins have an opportunity to eliminate the Blue Jackets tonight. Pittsburgh went 2-0 last spring when it had a chance to eliminate its opponent.
- During the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin era the Penguins are 10-7 when they have a chance to close out a series (excludes the 2011 series with Tampa Bay when both were injured).
- During that same period (and excluding the Tampa Bay series) the Penguins are 8-3 in road games when they have a chance to clinch.
- The Penguins are 14-14 all-time in Game 6, including a 7-9 mark on the road.
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#FinishHim --Sam Kasan