Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Penguins Game Day 52 - vs. New York Islanders

 New York Islanders

7:00 p.m., CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA

The Penguins continue the post All-Star run with a game against another New York team, this time it is at the friendly confinds of the CONSOL.
If you are a Penguins fan then last night's win was one of the best of the season. The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead and the Penguins were minus their top four centers and yet still found a way to win. What makes it even better is that the bush league dive by Prust that got Staal the match penalty came back to haunt them, in the form of a loss.

While you might look at the numbers and think MAF wasn't that great (3 GA, 26 saves) he was a monster last night. A couple of brillant saves and was a perfect 7-for-7 in stopping shots in the shootout in order to grab the win. It might not always be pretty, but he gets the job done and is having a great season.

Turns out that Bing and Geno go on the IR. Not a huge deal. If the Penguins can grab some points they will be ok. Only a few points back of the Flyers so to have those two, especially, healthy for the stretch run.

Eric Tangradi got the call up so he will be in the lineup tonight because of all the injuries. Pretty nice to have some depth isn't it. Even if you wanted to you couldn't bash Shero.

Previous Games:

October 15 - Pittsburgh 3, New York 2 (OT)

December 29 - New York 2, Pittsburgh 1 (SO)

January 25 - Pittsburgh 1, New York 0

The Penguins probables:

Chris Kunitz - Dustin Jeffrey - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Maxime Talbot - Chris Conner
Eric Godard - Craig Adams - Eric Tangradi
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland

Brent Johnson

For the Islanders:

Matt Moulson - John Tavares - PA Parenteau
Michael Grabner - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo
Blake Comeau - Josh Bailey - Jeremy Colliton
Matt Martin - Zenon Konopka - Rob Schremp

Andrew MacDonald - Travis Hamonic
Radek Martinek - Jack Hillen
Bruno Gervais - Dylan Reese

Rick DiPietro

The Stats:

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