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by Tony Jovenitti / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens have clinched home-ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Playoffs!

- Parenteau is up first. Fleury stacked the pads and made the save!
- Letang is up first for the Pens. Montoya made a nice glove save.
- Tavares is next for the Isles. Fleury made a great pad save!
- Kovalev is next for Pittsburgh. He fired a shot, but Montoya gloved it down.
- Comeau is next for the Isles. He got Fleury to go down, but he shot it high!
- Kunitz is up for the Pens. He beats Montoya five-hole!

The Pens win!

- Buffalo tied things up against Philly, 3-3, with eight minutes remaining. Tampa Bay leads Florida 4-2.

Right after the horn sounded, Mark Katic punched the puck into the net. The Islanders started to celebrate, but the referee made the correct call. No goal. We're headed to a shootout.

With a tired line out on the ice, Fleury stepped up big time to keep this thing tied!

Dupuis smacked the puck at the blue line into the zone. Kennedy got the puck all alone in front of the net, but Montoya made the save.

Dupuis steered a shot toward the net, but Montoya made the pad save.

Game on.


- Tampa Bay still leads Florida, 4-1, and Philly still leads Buffalo, 3-2.

That's the end of regulation. We're headed to overtime on the Island.

Hamonic tied things up. He sent a rocket of a slapper from the point that sailed past a screened Fleury. Penguins 3, Islanders 3

Talbot is out of the box.

Montoya is out of the net.

Fleury made a nice sprawling save on Moulson, then Moulson punched the rebound into the net, but Tavares was in the crease. The referee waved the goal off after concluding Tavares impeded Fleury.

Talbot will head to the box for holding. We'll have four-on-three for a few seconds. Then the Isles will have a power play to try to tie things up.

Fleury made a nice save on another Grabner shot.

Parenteau returned the favor right off the faceoff, as he clipped Michalek with a high stick. We'll have four-on-four hockey for 1:58.

Rupp hit Parenteau with a high stick, and he'll head to the box for two minutes.


Kovalev deked through two defenders, and ripped a wrister through traffic. But Montoya gloved it down.

And the Pens are back on top!! Rupp skated down the right side and sent a pass through the crease. Letestu buried the puck far-side to give the Pens the lead. Penguins 3, Islanders 2.

The intensity has really picked up! The action is really back and forth and both sides are getting nice chances.

Rupp nearly got the Pens back on top. He tried to do the same thing that Grabner did, but the Isles defense kept the Pens from burying the biscuit.

Grabner raced up the left side. He skated around the net, and sent a shot through the crease. Comeau was in the perfect spot to punch it past Fleury. Things are all tied up. Penguins 2, Islanders 2.

Parenteau ripped a shot from the high slot. It bounced off the back wall and Fleury was out of position as he challenged the original shot. Bailey would have had a wide open net, but Letang made a great play to keep Bailey from snagging the puck.

The Penguins will go back on the PK, as Martin is in the box for high sticking.

- Tampa Bay now leads 4-1. The Flyers still have a 3-2 lead.


Jesse Joensuu just took a shot around Michalek, but Fleury caught the puck.

Asham just skated through the crease with the puck, but the Isles defense did a great job of not allowing him to take a shot.

Parenteau just found the puck all alone right in the low slot. He sent a shot toward the net, but Fleury robbed him!

Staal centered a pass to Kunitz, who set up a slapper. Montoya absorbed the puck, though.

Here we go...


- The Lightning lead the Panthers, 3-1.
- Buffalo leads the Flyers 2-1! Every time I post the score of that game, Philly scores! Now it's tied, 2-2. And they did it again! Now the Flyers lead, 3-2. I might just stop giving score updates.


- Dupuis now leads the Pens with four shots.
- In addition to his goal, Michalek has three hits.
- Michalek also leads the team with 19:36 of ice time.

That's the end of the second period. The Pens hold the 2-1 lead. Shots were even that period, but the Pens still lead 27-22.

The Pens are back to full strength.

Fleury is on fire right now. He just stoned Moulson on the doorstep. And the penalty killers are also on a roll, blocking shots left and right!

Tavares had a beauty of an opportunity, but he clanked it off the post.

The Pens had a shorthanded opportunity, but Montoya made the save on Dupuis' shot.

The Pens got caught with two many men on the ice, and they'll go on the PK.

The Islanders are on the board. After Fleury made an unbelievable save on Matt Moulson, he couldn't get back in position as Comeau flipped the puck into the cage. Penguins 2, Islanders 1

Fleury made a nice kick save on a shot by Comeau.


Letang set up Z for the goal, and the assist gives him 50 points on the season! It was also his 100th career assist! Congrats Tanger!

And the Pens take a two-goal lead! Zbynek Michalek sent an absolute laser through traffic, off the post and into the net! That was a beautiful shot. Penguins 2, Islanders 0.

Wow! Jordan Staal made a beautiful pass over a few sticks from behind the net. Kovalev smacked it out of the air and toward the net. But Montoya robbed him with his left pad.

Dupuis and Kenendy took powerful shots from both points. Dupuis then crashed the crease and found the puck sitting right at his feet. He tried to bury it past Montoya, but the Isles goalie covered it. However, Dupuis got hit from behind and the Pens will go back on the power play.

Tavares made a spiffy move through traffic to get a shot at Fleury, but the Pens netminder made the stick save.


Kennedy nearly continued his offensive outburst, but his shot from the right circle bounced off the post.

Neal has left the Pens' bench after he hit an Islander and bounced into the boards.

Hamonic took a slapper from the right side. It bounced off Fleury's pads, but he reached forward and froze the puck.

Comeau is out of the box.

Kovalev passed the puck to Staal, who teed it up. But the shot sailed just wide.

Letang got tripped behind the net by Comeau, and the Pens will have another chance on the power play.

Aaannnd we're back.


- The Panthers just tied things up in Tampa!


- Tampa Bay leads Florida 1-0 halfway through the first period.
- Philly and Buffalo are scoreless halfway through their first frame.  And the Flyers have taken the 1-0 lead.



- Rupp leads the team with three shots, throught just 0:59 of ice time.
- Talbot is currently winning 80% of his faceoffs (4-1).
- Dupuis has two blocks.

That's the end of the first period. The Pens hold the one-goal lead, and they are out-shooting the Isles 15-10.

There's an absolutely gorgeous penalty kill! Even with one of the team's better penalty killers in the box, the Pens held the fort.

Grabner had an absolutely perfect chance on the doorstep. Fleury was screened by several players, but the puck panged off the post. Flower made sure to thank the red-painted metal.

Orpik will head to the box for cross-checking. He took an extra two for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Pens will be forced to kill four minutes on the PK. 

Grabner nearly got a breakaway, but Michalek dove back just in time to poke the puck away. Fleury snagged the biscuit before Grabner could make another attempt.

And now Konopka and Asham dropped the gloves. The two got tangled up and Asham got a solid few punches in before the refs broke it up. Konopka took an extra penalty and the Pens are right back on the power play.


The Isles are back to full strength.

Haley took a low hit on Engelland, who rolled over Haley's back. Haley is in the box and the Pens are back on the power play.

After the goal, Godard dropped the gloves with Trevor Gillies. They both traded punches for a solid bout. Both players got fighting majors and 10 minute misconducts.

And Rupp puts the Pens on the board! Godard sent the puck toward the crease, and Rupp backhanded the puck past Montoya. Penguins 1, Islanders 0


Fleury just stoned Tavares on the doorstep!

The Islanders are back to full strength.

Letang just ripped a shot from the slot, but it bounced off the cross bar and into the netting.

Kovalev showed some fancy stickwork to get a great shot from the high slot. Neal then found the puck right off to the side of the net. The Pens couldn't bury the biscuit, but they drew a penalty. The Pens are on the power play as Konopka is in the box for tripping.

As the Pens killed the penalty, Pascal Dupuis nearly got an open look at Montoya, but the pass bounced over his stick.


Jordan Staal is in the box. Pens on the PK.

Grabner found the puck in the slot and sent a shot toward Fleury, but Flower made the save. Another Islander was on the doorstep, but he wasn't aware that the puck had landed right behind him.

Kunitz sent a cross-ice pass to Staal, who almost had Montoya beat, but the Isles netminder made the sprawling save.

It didn't take long for some excitement. Dupuis sent a pass into the crease from the corner. Talbot tried to punch it into the net, but the puck bounced off seveal players' skates before bouncing out of danger.



7:04 PM: Penguins fans have shown up on the Island in droves to support their team after what happened last time at Nassau Coliseum, thanks to an initiative by the Pensblog.

There was an absolutely huge cheer when the Penguins' starters were announced.

7:00 PM:
Al Montoya is in net for the Islanders.

6:55 PM: Tonight's NHL slate is chock full of important playoff implications. The Penguins can clinch home-ice advantage with a win tonight. Philadelphia is in Buffalo, while Tampa Bay is at home against Florida. Both of those contests start at seven, but don't worry, we'll keep you informed on those scores.

Here are the Pens' playoff scenarios:

- The Pens clinch home-ice with a win or a Lightning loss.
- The Pens can take over first place in the Atlantic Division with a win and a Philadelphia regulation loss.
- If the Pens lose, and the Flyers win, the Pens would face Tampa Bay in the playoffs.
- If the Pens lose in overtime, while the Flyers lose in regulation, the Penguins would still be in fourth place because Philadelphia holds the tie-breaker (non-shootout wins).

6:50 PM: Here are the Pens' lines for the evening:



Marc-Andre Fleury is between the pipes.

Comrie, Conner, Niskanen and Tangradi will be scratched.

6:45 PM: Greetings from CONSOL Energy Center! While Michelle Crechiolo is on Long Island where the Penguins will take on the New York Islanders at 7 p.m., I'm hanging out with some elephants and clowns, as the circus is in town this weekend!


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