Pittsburgh's power play has been an integral part of their success so far these playoffs, converting 13 of 50 chances for a 26 percent success rate, but in Game 1 it was held without a goal – just the fourth time in 12 games this postseason (the Penguins have lost three of those four games, and the one that they didn't they only had one PP opportunity).
But the Penguins are not concerned or panicking about the lack of production with the man-advantage because they were creating chances, just unable to bury them. They also were not able to put out their current first unit of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang out together often, being forced to mix and match their personnel because of different situations.
"You look at the chances we did have and the two posts that we did hit. I think in a lot of ways you look at the power play not always in terms of goals, but your output and scoring chances and opportunities and I think we got some of those," coach Dan Bylsma said. "In the game, for various reasons, whether we were in the penalty box or because we were just tired, we had several different types of units out on the ice that we had to go with. So with the exception of the first one, really didn't have our main number one power play unit out there together as a group.
"So having said that, we like to score every time, but we got opportunities, we got situations, posts and second chances which you're looking for and then getting -- obviously it would have been big to capitalize on one of those in this game to get a goal and to make it 1-0 or even make it 1-1 there. So it is a factor tonight, but I like the units we're going to put out there tonight and like what we're going to do."
PENS RECALL ZATKOFF
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Jeff Zatkoff from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Zatkoff, 25, was voted WBS team MVP during the regular season after posting a 26-20 record in 49 games during his first year in the Pittsburgh organization. Zatkoff finished the regular season with a league-best 1.93 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage while posting five shutouts.
Full story here.
MORE PENS MORNING SKATE PICS
Penguins team photographer Gregory Shamus captured morning skate and was kind enough to send us some of his photos to use for the website. They. Are. Awesome. Thanks Greg!
BRUINS ROUND UP
Jaromir Jagr was the only Bruins player not present at the team's morning skate.
Horton hears a who's on first?
Biggest little guy, Krug has been epic this postseason
Bergeron wearing the scars of his battle with Malkin
Seguin is looking for some offensive spark
Lucic lays into a puck
Krejci is Boston Strong
Bruins owned the Pens in faceoffs in Game 1
Team stretch--Sam Kasan, Wes Crosby & Drew Hancherick
SOUNDS HEARD AROUND THE ROOM
There had been speculation surrounding who would be in goal for the Penguins tonight. I'm here to tell you not to wonder any more – Tomas Vokoun will be the starter in Game 2.
It's what we expected, given the quality of his play stretching back to the regular season and how big he has been for his team when they've needed him. Game 1, where Vokoun stopped 27 of 30 shots in a 3-0 loss and faced a couple of tough bounces, was only his first regulation loss of these playoffs. His only other previous loss was a 2-1 double overtime setback against Ottawa in Game 3 last series. The loss was also just Vokoun's third in his past 19 decisions (16-3) dating back to March 2 (regular season and playoffs). Vokoun has been getting results, and he's getting the chance tonight to help his team even the series.
When asked if coach Bylsma had talked to him about a possible goalie change, Vokoun responded, “No, Dan just said I’m playing next game and that was it.” And when the media asked Bylsma if he had thought about a goalie change, the coach jokingly responded, "I watched the NHL Network, so I've heard it talked about. So yes." When pressed about it, Bylsma said, "Coaches think about a lot of things, lineup, players, schemes, so like I said, I heard people talk about it on NHL Network, so it did cross my mind."
So basically, Vokoun is the guy tonight and that's all there is to it. End of story. For now.
THEY SAID IT...
--Sam Kasan, Michelle Crechiolo, Wes Crosby & James Santelli
Orpik's mouth struggles to form a smile
Jeffrey hooks Kennedy by the armpit
Kunitz and Bylsma talk ice hockey stuff
Neal's beard coming in nicely
The Dallas connection
Vitale with some stick torque
Iginla eyes up his target
Dupuis playoff beard update: Still impressive
Letang and asst. coach Reirden
Crosby using his peripherals
Dupuis and Malkin compare playoff beards. I wonder if Malkin has ever had facial hair in his entire life? Maybe just a dirty teenage mustache or something?
Iginla tries to score on Vokoun
Final frame: Letang
--Sam Kasan & Drew Hancherick
MORNING SKATE DEETS
Everyone was accounted for at the morning skate. Only line adjustment was flipping Morrow and Kennedy.
The city of Pittsburgh recieved a lot of love in the latest edition of USA Hockey. There are several articles associated with the city relating to hockey, from the Penguins to youth hockey to Crosby's Little Pens program to Pittsburgh-area hockey prospects.
It's worth checking out.
START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans. Tonight the Pens will host the Bruins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final at 8 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center. Pittsburgh looks to even the series after dropping Game 1 3-0 to the B's. The Pens will hit the ice at 10:30 a.m. for their morning skate, followed by Boston at 11:30 a.m. Stay right here for all the latest news and updates to get you ready for Game 2.
Today we'll start the day with a local Boston group, The Pixies. Here's their song "Where is My Mind?" which appeared in the greatest movie in the history of humanity - Fight Club.