PENSTV SOUNDSidney Crosby Craig Adams --Sam Kasan
QUOTE 'EM--Michelle Crechiolo
Brooks Orpik, who participated in today's skate, did not speak with the media following practice. Head coach Dan Bylsma declined to provide an update on Orpik, who has missed the last five games with an undisclosed injury, other than saying "that was a morning skate participation."
The lineup is game-time and Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net.--Michelle Crechiolo
PENS SKATE PICS
Geno walking to the bench
Nealer blowing an epic bubble
87 and 71 have a chat
Brooksy at morning skate
Cracking Nealer up
Malkin and Sutter (I got a lot of Geno today, clearly)
Letang and his flow
Letang's D partner Paul Martin
MORNING SKATE INFO
Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, who missed the last five playoff games with an undisclosed injury, joined his teammates for the morning skate.
The Pens used the following workflow...
The defense worked in groups of three.
PP1: Martin, Letang, Malkin, Crosby, Kunitz.
PP2: Maatta, Niskanen, Neal, Jokinen, Sutter. --Sam Kasan
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
The King needs to start getting help from his teammates
Martin St. Louis talks with head coach Alain Vigneault
Brad Richards with the ginger beard
Hometown boy J.T. Miller
Boyle was pretending to play goalie in the corner
U.S. Olympian Derek Stepan
And to finish it off, another one of St. Louis--Sam Kasan and Michelle Crechiolo
PENS-RANGERS INFOGRAPH--Sam Kasan
While we wait for the skates to get underway, check out yesterday's headlines on pittsburghpenguins.com...PENGUINS' IMPROVED RESOLVE ON DISPLAY
During the first round against Columbus, defenseman Rob Scuderi said the Penguins, a team that carries a heavy burden of pressure and expectations with the talent they have on their roster, was sometimes held back by the fear of losing.
That was epitomized during three games in particular, where the Pens either blew or nearly blew big leads. In Game 2 against Columbus, the Penguins were up 3-1 and ended up losing 4-3. In Game 4, the Penguins were up 3-0 and ended up losing 4-3 in overtime – blowing their chance to take a 3-1 series strangehold and instead evening it up at 2-2.
And in Game 6 vs. Columbus, with a chance to close out the series, the Penguins had a 4-0 lead in the third period. They then allowed Columbus to score three quick goals to make it a one-goal game and nearly force a Game 7, but the Pens were somehow able to hold on and escape with the win.
“I think that we care so much that nobody wants to be the guy to screw up,” defenseman Matt Niskanen said afterward. “We just, lately, have been forgetting to play the game. We stop moving our feet and just slap the puck around. ... A win’s a win and we win the series, but we’ll have to talk about that.”
They have been talking about it, as head coach Dan Bylsma said Tuesday – and it looks like they’ve remembered how to play the game.Full story here.LETANG LEADING FROM BLUE LINE
After the Penguins lost Game 1 of their Second Round Stanley Cup playoff matchup with the New York Rangers, the team desperately needed to win Game 2 to avoid a home sweep.
Pittsburgh needed its best players to step up more than ever. And that’s exactly what happened.
Much has already been written about the standout performances of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, as well as the contributions of others.
But one player that really helped change the course of this series was defenseman Kris Letang.Full story here
START THE DAY
Good morning hockey fans! Tonight the Pens battle the Rangers in Game 4 of their Second Round playoff series. Pittsburgh enters the contest with a 2-1 series lead. Here are some game notes to get you ready...
- Tonight the Penguins and New York Rangers play Game 4 (TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 105.9 the X) at Madison Square Garden.
- The Penguins are 25-27 all time in Game 4s, including a 17-15 road mark.
- With its win on Monday night, the Penguins improved to 18-5 against the Rangers in the playoffs, including an 8-2 mark at Madison Square Garden.
- The Penguins have won six of their last eight games at MSG including the regular season.
- Including the regular season, the Penguins are 11-4 at MSG under head coach Dan Bylsma.
Stick tap: Pens PR--Sam Kasan