VERIZON GAME DAY REPORT
Myself and Sam Kasan have everything you need to know going into tonight's Game 4...
SOUND HEARD AROUND THE ROOM
THEY SAID IT...
Newly-announced Norris Trophy finalist Letang displays his ridiculous skating ability
Brooks Orpik is a deceptively strong skater himself. Great to see him on the ice with the team
Also fantastic to see James Neal back at practice
This is just one of those priceless photos where I have no idea what's going on in this moment...caption, anyone?
Looks like the Pens are working on line rushes here
Crosby always seems to make plays from behind the goal line
Here the new national SI cover model has a chat with coach Bylsma
The reigning MVP
--Michelle Crechiolo and Sam Kasan
PENS MORNING SKATE INFO
Iginla, Morrow, Sutter and Murray are absent from Pens morning skate. With those guys missing, here's how the lines and D-pairings looked...
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is on the cover of the national issue of Sports Illustrated this week...
AND THE NORRIS TROPHY NOMINEES ARE...
The NHL announced that Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is a finalist for the Norris Trophy.
Letang, 26, enjoyed arguably the finest season of his six-plus year career, tying Subban for the NHL lead among defensemen with 38 points (5G-33A) in just 35 games played. Letang’s 33 assists and 25 even-strength points were tops among NHL blueliners.
The Montreal, Quebec native became the first Penguins defenseman to lead his position in scoring since Hall of Famer Paul Coffey did so with 103 points in 1989-90. Letang’s 1.09 point-per-game average was the highest for any NHL defenseman since Coffey averaged 1.29 points per game for the Detroit Red Wings in 1994-95.
More details here.
START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans. The Pens and Islanders face off in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series tonight at 7 p.m. at Nassau Coliseum. Pittsburgh has a 2-1 series lead and could take a commanding lead with a victory in Game 4.
The Pens skate at 11:30 a.m. at Nassau, while the Isles will go at 10:30 a.m. We'll have all the latest news to get you ready for the Game 4 so stay tuned...
To start us off on the right foot, here's an upbeat jam - "Take a Walk" by Passion Pit. Enjoy.