-Greetings on another brilliant, early May day in Pittsburgh. It's in the mid-70s. It's sunny and a bit breezy. Outside of a few clouds, its a carbon-copy day of what we saw Wednesday for Game 1:
-The story of the day is Sidney Crosby's return to the lineup after being sidelined over a month due to a broken jaw. He will be reunited with his usual linemates Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis. It's hard to say what level Crosby will be as considering he has only really practiced for the past handful of days. But if there's anyone who could shake off a month of inactivity due to a broken jaw, it's Crosby.
-With Crosby back and James Neal sidelined due to a suspected injury, Beau Bennett gets a promotion to the left wing on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Jarome Iginla. Bennett can barely rent a car but he's already on a line with two future hall-of-famers.
-Bennett's promotion means a demotion of sorts for Jussi Jokinen onto the fourth line where he'll center Tanner Glass and Craig Adams. Jokinen has shown a fair amount of grit since he's joined the Penguins. He is more than capable of playing a fourth-line role.
-It'll be interesting to see if Dan Bylsma flip-flops Jokinen and Bennett from shift to shift, particularly for faceoffs. He could spare Malkin from taking certain draws and give Jokinen, a much better faceoff specialist, the task of winning a draw.
-Expect more of the same from the third line of Brenden Morrow, Brandon Sutter and Matt Cooke. They will draw a lot of assignments against the Islanders' top line of John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Brad Boyes and try to make things miserable for them.
-After getting thumped around physically in Game 1, the Islanders appear to be adding a lot of toughness to their lineup tonight in the former of Matt Carkner. He'll replace Thomas Hickey who was picked on by Matt Cooke. Carkner doesn't have a ton of skill or speed but he's a mean, nasty son of a gun who won't tolerate much from the likes of Cooke. If you recall, Carkner was suspended last postseason while with the Senators for jumping Rangers forward Brian Boyle:
-Carkner, a former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin, can claim small piece of NHL Penguins history. As a member of the Ottawa Senators, he scored the last overtime goal in the history of the Civic Arena. In Game 5 of a 2010 Eastern Conference quartefinal series, he scored in the third overtime of a 4-3 win for the Senators.
-We're not sure what to expect out of the Islanders. There are only so many adjustements they can make on the road with their lack of depth. We don't expect Game 2 to be nearly as one-sided but it's going to be difficult to get John Tavares away from the Penguins' third line as well as the defensive pairing of Kris Letang and Mark Eaton.
-If you're wondering where those overhead photos you see from the Associated Press and Getty Images come from, here's a camera positioned above the crease the Penguins will defend in the first and third periods:
-They have smoke machines blowing out that fake smoke to give the barn that foggy look:
-They want the Cup (as well as one of those multi-outlet beer bongs) at Shales:
-Dupuis, Neal and Kunitz are on the cover of IceTime:
-Fans entering the barn:
-It still hasn't sunk in that Jarome Iginla is a Pittsburgh Penguin:
-This fan saved one of those "SID" signs distributed from Crosby's comeback game against the Islanders last season:
-Islanders nemesis Brent Johnson:
-Buy Sam a drink and his dog one too:
-A few brave Islanders fans:
-In the spirit of Brenden Morrow, another heck-raiser wearing No. 10, Gary Roberts:
-Another good turnout for the big screen:
-Two-thirds of the second line are represented here:
-Tom Barrasso with the 1991-92 25th anniversary patch:
-Former Islanders/Penguins defenseman Darius Kasparaitis:
-Former Islanders captain/Penguins social coordinator Bill Guerin:
-Downtown Robbie Brown:
-The towels being given out tonight:
-Robe-Made-Out-Of-Giveaway-Towels of the Night:
-Jersey of the Night: Zarley Zalapski:
-The Penguins' starters are Beau Bennett, Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla, Deryk Engelland, Paul Martin and Marc-Andre Fleury.
-Their scratches are Robert Bortuzzo, Simon Despres, Dustin Jeffrey, Tyler Kennedy, James Neal, Brooks Orpik and the great Joe Vitale.
-The Islanders starters are Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin, Colin McDonald, Travis Hamonic, Andrew MacDonald and Evgeni Nabokov.
-Their scratches are Eric Boulton, Calvin de Haan, Matt Donovan, Joe Finley, Thomas Hickey, Jesse Joensuu, Anders Lee, Radek Martinek, Brock Nelson, Aaron Ness, Anderson Nilsson, John Persson, Marty Reasoner, Ryan Strome, Johan Sundstrom.
-Jeff Jimerson makes love to our ears:
19:35: On a chip and chase play, Bennett gives MacDonald a solid thump into the end boards of the New York zone.
19:17: That didn't take long. After winning a puck battle behind the New York cage, Iginla deals a pass from the left of the net to the crease. Malkin is there and jabs it on net. Nabokov makes the initial save. As he tries to poke it away, Hamonic fails to box Malkin away from the rebound. Malkin is able to poke the puck with a backhand over the glove hand of kneeling Nabokov. This place erupts. Malkin offers fierce fist pump in celebrate in the left wing corner. What a start. Iginla gets the only assist. The "Hey Song" gets some early work. Penguins 1-0.
18:37: Fleury denies xxx in tight and freeze puck. Crosby steps over the bench to take a faceoff against Kyle Okposo in the left circle. He is greeted with a thunderous ovation.
17:37: The Penguins will get the first power play of the game. This keeps getting worse for the Islanders. MacDonald is nabbed for slashing Jokinen's stick in front of the Islanders' net. Iginla, Malkin, Crosby, Letang and Kunitz take the ice.
16:41: Welcome. Back. Sidney. Crosby. Crosby wins a draw in the left circle. Letang takes the puck at the left point and slides it to Malkin on the right point. Malkin hammers a one-timer over the cage. It bounces off the end boards and come to the front of the blue paint. Iginla is able to jab the puck and dish it to Crosby sitting all alone on the back door to the left of the crease. Crosby taps it in behind Nabokov for an easy goal. Another erruption of noise. Iginla and Malkin get assists. Penguins 2-0.
16:28: Fleury denies Boyes and Tavares on two chances in tight.
15:50: Frans Nielsen leads a rush up the left wing, gains the zone and leaves a drop pass for Josh Baiely above the left circle. Bailey hammers a one-timer on net. Fleury eats it up.
15:23: Dupuis drops Nielsen with a hit in the right wing corner of the New York zone.
14:51: Off a turnover by the Penguin their own zone, Ullstrom and Aucoin each have a chances but can't cash in. Brian Strait collects a rebound at the left poin and and fires in on net. Fleury bodies it away despite losing his stick.a
13:38: Cizikas controls the puck down low along the Penguins' end boards. Engelland puts his stick into Cizikas' back who goes down fairly easily. That's two minutes for cross checking. Veteran move by Cizikas. Brandon Sutter, Matt Cooke, Douglas Murray and Paul Martin take the ice.
13:23: Streit takes a pass at the left point. He holds the puck and chops a slap-pass on net. Tavares is in the slot and re-directs it on net. Fleury stops it and lays down on his back to cover the rebound.
12:56: The Islanders make the most ou of their power play. Tavares deals a pass from the right circle to Moulson down low along the goal line to the left to the ecage. Moulson is able to sneak a pass through the crease. Paul Martin defends Boyes well on the play but the puck hits off his stick, deflects off Fleury's right skate and into the cage. There was some luck involved there, but this Islanders power play is still dangerous. Moulson gets credit for the goal. Tavares and Streit get assists. Penguins 2-1.
12:38: Crosby gets it back. Eaton fires a wrister from the left point. Nabokov fights it off. Kunitz bodies MacDonald from the rebound. Dupuis is able to jab the puck on net. Nabokov fights that off. The rebound kicks to the right wing. Crosby is able to taps it in by Nabokov's left skate. What a return. The "Hey Song" is already winded. Dupuis and Eaton get assists. Penguins 3-1.
12:14: David Ullstrom tries to jam in a forehand wraparound attempt from the left of the cage. Jokinen is back on a forecheck and denies him with a stick on puck.
11:40: Boyes has a chance in tight but Fleury fights off his backhander.
9:39: After an icing, the Penguins call a time-out to get a breather.
9:22: Another power play for the Islanders. Engelland is called for interference against Boyes in the left wing corner of the Penguins' zone. Two penalties for Engelland already. Craig Adams, Dupuis, Paul Martin and Letang take the ice.
8:14: Lubomir Visnovsky lifts a wrister from a bad angle on the left wing. Fleury knocks it dead depite a traffic by Moulson. As Fleury freezes the puck. Moulson jabs him a few times hoping for a rebound. Paul Martin and Letang give him the business.
7:18: As the Engelland minor expires, Murray is able to block a New York pass and Sutter flips the rebound down ice for a clear.
6:05: McDonald is able to snap off a wrister from a bad anlge on the right wing. Fleury fights it off.
5:35: Iginla lifts a wrister fromt he right wing on net. Nabokov battles it away.
4:55: Nielsen snaps of a wrister from the left cirlce. Fleury eats it up.
4:38: Pinching in on the left wing, Murray smacks Okposo with a high hit in front of the New York bench. Okposo had not touched the puck so that's interference. Adams, Letang, Paul Martin and Jokinen take the ice.
4:34: Jokinen wins the draw against Tavares. As Letang whips it down ice for a clear, Jokinen heads to the bench.
4:14: Off a nice set-up by Streit, Boyes has two chances in tight. Fleury denies them both.
3:45: Letang steals a puck in the right wing corner of his own zone and chops it down ice.
2:51: MacDonald booms a one-timer from center point. Fleury fights it off. Eaton is able to chops the rebound out of hte zone.
2:38: Murray's minor is killed. New York was able to generate a few chances there.
1:59: Malkin has a chance in tight but can't punch a forehand shot by Nabokov's five hole.
1:21: Cizikas races up the left wing and flings a wrister on net. FLeury eats it up.
1:03: Streit collects a puck at the left point, holds, holds, holds then chops a slapper on net. Fleury eats it up despite a screen. Letang and Sutter give Tavares some grief afterwards.
0:28: Cooke is in the Islanders head. As the Penguins go off sides, Cooke and Hamonic exchange a few shoves. Hamonic raps his arm around Cooke's head, sstrips his helmet then drops the gloves. Before anything can happen, An official steps in and holds them off. Hamonic gets a roughing minor. Cooke gets slashing minor. Four on four for two minutes.
0:00: End of period. Penguins 3, Islanders 1.
(We missed our normal intermission shot. Apologies). -While that period wasn't quite as one-sided as we saw the other night, it's pretty obvious which team is the first seed and which one is the eighth seed.
-Special teams really dictated how that period went. Officials are calling things tight. It has really broken up any flow to the game.
-We guess Sidney Crosby is okay. Both of his goals were "right-place, right-time" goals. Even if he's missed a month of action, a player like him just knows where to be more often than night.
-The Malkin-Bennett-Iginla line looked really dangerous in five-on-five play.
-Having six power plays certainly helped, but the the Islanders seemed to do a better job of getting the Tavares line away from Sutter's line. Tavares, Moulson and Boyes had a ton of quality scoring chances.
-Marc-Andre Fleury was fantastic that period. He turned away a ton of shots in tight.
-The Islanders have a 20-12 lead in shots. Yeesh.
-Tavares and Malkin each lead the game with four shots.
-Remember, Tavares was held to zero shots in Game 1.
-Letang leads all skaters with 9:26 of ice time.
-Streit leads the Islanders with 7:44.
-The Penguins control faceoffs, 18-6 (75 percent).
-Crosby is 7 for 7 (100 percent).
-Tavares is 6 for 11 (55 percent).
-Kunitz, Bennett, Letang and MacDonald each lead the game with two blocked shots.
20:00: We'll have four-on-four play for the first 1:32 of this period.
19:07: Grabner sneaks a wrister from the left wing on net. Fleury fights it off.
18:25: Off a steal by Malkin in New York's left wing corner, Dupuis whips a backhander on net from the left of the cage. Nabokov fights it off. Cooke and Hamonic return to the ice.
17:20: off a faceoff win, MacDonald takes the puck at the right point and wires a slapper on net. Despite traffic, Fleury is able to eat it up.
16:18: Off a faceoff win, MacDonald chops a one-timer from the center point. Fleury fights it off. Boyes collects the rebound to the left of the cage and whacks a backhander on net. Fleury steers that away.
15:53: Off a feed by Tavares, Bailey has a chance in tight but his forehand shots is kicked out by Fleury.
15:02: As Malkin booms a slapper from the left half wall over the New York net, Matt Niskanen and Kyle Okposo get into a fight. Okpos gets in a big right. Niskanen takes the punch, wrestles a bit more. He gets his righ free and lands a few rabbit punches. Okoposo eventually slips to a knee and Niskanen lands a few overhand shots as officials step in. Okoposo heads to the penalty box as Niskanen has a nasty cut under his left eye. He heads to the Penguins' facilities for repairs. It looked like Niskanen dropped Moulson with an open-ice hit and Okposo wanted some payback.
14:48: The Penguins make a mistake and the Islanders cash in. The Islanders chip the puck in deep on the right wing. Aucoin is able to beat Paul Martin to the puck and deals to McDonald to the right of the net. McDonald is able to chop the puck with a backhander by the left skate of Fleury. Martin and Engelland looked a little out of sort on that chip in. Aucoin and Ullstrom get assists. Penguins 3-2.
14:01: Crosby rushes up the left wing by the slow Cakrner and booms a slapper on net. Nabokov kicks it out. Tavares is on a backcheck and nearly punches the rebound into his own cage.
13:35: Dupuis gets a chance in tight but can't beat Nabokov. Carkner and Streit give Dupuis grief afterwards.
13:10: The Islanders get too aggressive and head to the penalty box. Cooke and Morrow battle for a puck in the right wing corner of the New York zone against Visnovsky and Strait. Visnovsky hits Morrow from behind into the boards. That's two minute for boading. Letang, Iginla, Malkin, Crosby and Kunitz take the ice.
13:03: A one-timer by Crosby from the right point is blocked by Hamonic who is hobbled a bit.
11:46: The Penguins lose some discipline as well. Crosby gets hit into the left wing boards of the New York zone. He plays the puck up ice and is slammed into the left corner boards by Iginla. Tha'ts two minutes for boarding against Iginla. He needs to be more composed than that. We'll have four on four for 34 seconds
11:10: Visnovsky returns to the game. The Islanders will have 1:26 of a power play.
10:19: From center point Streit chops a slap-pass through the slot. Moulson is above the blue paint and and redirects it wide on the left wing.
9:44: Iginla returns to the ice. No too much going on the for the Islanders.
9:23: Tie game. Wow. Baily leads a rush into the offensive zone down the slot. He snaps a wrister wide to he left of the cage. It hits off the end boards and deflects to Matt Martin driving in off the left. Martin is able jab the puck by Fleury's right leg. Great play by Martin. Fleury did not react to that inital shot by Bailey. Bailey and Nielen get assists. Islanders 3, Penguins 3.
9:07: After Strait slams Jokine to the right wing boards of the New York zone, Ullstrom gets a chance in the slot. Fleury eats it up.
8:18: Nisanen cranks a one-timer from the left point. Streit blocks it and is hobbled a bit.
7:51: Okposo has a chance in the slot and snap off a wrister wide to the right of the cage.
7:32: Grabner pounds a slapper from the left wing. Fleury fights it off. Okposo sweeps the rebound on net. Fleury covers to freeze play.
6:32: Big save. Off a feed by Boyes, Tavres jabs a bachander on net from tight. kFleury denies him.
6:14: Off a steal by Kunitz, Dupuis rips a wrister from above the right cirlce over the cage.
4:43: Attendance is announced as 18,624. It is the team's 280th consecutive sell-out.
4:28: MacDonald plays a puck out of his right wing corner. Glass slams him into the boards as play moves up ice. A scrum develops up ice in the Penguins' zone. MacDonald eventually recovers to his sates and is escored to the bench by a trainer. We're not sure how that is not boarding. The Iginla hit on Strait was "lighter" than that one and it earned him two minutes.
3:51: Bailey lifts a shot from the slot. Fleury fights it off. The rebound hops to Carkner at the right point. Carkner fires it on net. Fleury kicks it out.
3:29: A big chance here for the Penguins. Tavares is sent to the box for high sticking Morow at the New York blue line. He draws blood so its a double minor. Crosby, Kunitz, Iginla, Malkin and Letang take the ice.
2:43: Bennett slides a pass from the right half all to Crosby down lot to the right of the cage. Crosby re-driectsi ton net. Nabokov cover it to freeze play.
1:16: Off a feed from Crsoby, Morrow jabs a shot form the slot. Nabokov kicks it out.
0:56: Off some give an go passing, Kunitz deals to Crosby in the right circle. Nabokov kicks it out. Wow!
0:45: Crosby takes a pass in the right circle. With Nabokov late too react, Crosby rips a one-timer wide to the far side.
0:00: End of period. Islanders 3, Penguins 3.
-What a difference in play. The Islanders looked like a completely different team that period. They initiated contact. They got to loose pucks more often. They were the better team that period.
-The Islanders are starting to get some secondardy contributions from other players. Their last two goals were scored by two bangers and crashers in Matt Martin and former Penguin Colin McDonald.
-Fire Ray Shero.
-The defensive pairing of Paul Martin and Engelland has had a rough game.
-It's amazing how the Islanders have managed to spring Tavares, Boyes and Moulson tonight. They've been so much more noticeable.
-Officials continue to call this game tight.
-Evgeni Nabokov has played a wonderful game. He's the biggest reason this is a tie game.
-The Islanders have a 34-25 lead in shots.
-Malkin leads the game with seven.
-Tavares leads the Islanders with five.
-Letang leads the game with 19:44 of ice time.
-MacDonald leads the Islanders with 16:05.
-The Penguins have a 29-15 lead in faceoffs (66 percent).
-Crosby is 11 for 16 (69 percent).
-Tavares is 12 for 18 (67 percent).
20:00: The Penguisn will have 31 seconds of power-time time on fresh ice. A kill here by the Islanders would be huge for them. Kunitz, Malkin, Crosby, Paul Martin and Letang take the ice.
19:39: Malkin whips a wrister at the net from the right wing. It hits a body in front. Kunitz and Crosby battle for the rebound but can't get a stick on it.
19:29: The Islanders kill the second of Tavares' minors. What a huge effort by their penalty kill.
19:04: A loose puck slide in front of Fleury who loses track of it. Tavares is there but cant' get a clean shot off.
17:33: Moulson jabs a loose puck fromt eh slot on net. Fleury kicks it out.
15:15: Off a feed from Kunitz, Niskanen jabs a one-timer from center point. Nabokov kicks it out.
14:23: Streit cranks a one-timer from the left point. Morrow blocks it and his hobbled some.
13:36: Off a give an goe with Ignla, Malkin roars behind the cage with the puck on his backhand from the right wing, emerges on the left wing, spins off a check from Nielsen and whips a wrister on net. Nabokov fights it off.
13:20: MacDonald take s pass on the left wing, moves up the win
13:13: Crosby snaps off a wrister from the left circle. Nabokov snags it with a glove hand.
12:58: From the right wing, Crosby deals to Niskane at center point> niskane whips it wide to the right wof the net.
11:34: Cooke backhands a puck from the right wing on net. Nabokov scoops it up. Morrow hovers nears the crease. Carkner gives him a shove. Morrow gives him a shove back. nothing comes of that dispute. Strait and Cooke give each other grief.
10:30: Nielsen snaps off a wrister from the left half wall. Fleury fights it off.
9:31: Playing with Adams and Glass, Malkin battles off a check from Streit behind the net, muscles his way to the left othe cage nd hwips a wrister on net. Nabokov covers it.
9:25: Off a faceoff win, Marin smacks a one-timer from the left point wide of the net.
8:26: Aucoin has a chance in the left circle but his wirster is partially deflected by a stick on puck by Paul Martin.
7:37: Wow. Talk about puck luck. Okposo spins off a check in the slot and whips a wrister wide to the left of the cage. It hits off the end boards, defelcts into the gear of Fleury and slides into the cage. Another poor play off the boards by Fleury. That's inexcuseable. Moulson and Streit get assists. Islanders 4-3.
7:22: Letang slams Cizikas into the end board behind the Penguins' net. Cizikas loses his lid.
4:37: Morrow slams Strait into the left corner boards with a strong forecheck.
4:11: Grabner picks up a loose puck on the left wing, races into the Penguins zone and wires a slapper on net. Fleury fights it off.
3:26: A slapper by Kunitz off the right wing is blocked by MacDonald.
3:05: During a stoppage, Hamonic tries to give Malkin some grief. Iginla gives it back to Hamonic.
2:30: The Islanders full lock-down mode here. They're pretty much just collapsing around their net at this point.
1:37: Off a lazy pass by Malkin, the Islanders steal the the puck at their own blue line. That results in a slapper by Ullstrom fom the Penguins' blue line. Fleury eats it up.
0:54: Fleury is pulled for an extra atacker.
0:21: Taking a pass at the left point Niskanen hammers one-timer from the left point wid eth far side.
0:06: Niskanen tees up another one timer from the left point wide fo the cage.
0:00: End of game. Islanders 4, Penguins 3.
-We'll confess. We thought this would be easy. The Islanders earned this win in a lot of ways. At the same time, the Penguins earned the loss just as much.
-Marc-Andre Fleury was not good. He wasn't as lousy as his harshest critics will have you believe, but he needed to be better. He looked just lost with the goals by Matt Martin and Kyle Okposo, each of which came off the boards. There's a little luck with each of those goals but Fleury can't allow those goals.
-The Penguins were undisciplined much of the night. Deryk Engelland took two penalties. Douglas Murray got a little greedy and took an interference penalty. Cooke took an uncessary slashing penalty. Jarome Iginla, a veteran and a former captain, took a horribly undisciplined penalty.
-Getting a few power plays helped but the biggest thing which seemed to open up scoring chances for the Islanders was a switch of their top two lines. Matt Moulson was dropped to the second line in place of Josh Bailey who was promoted to the first line. For whatever reason, the Islanders were able to generate a lot more offense, particularly in tight, as a result. All four of their goals were from in tight around the net.
-Islanders coach Jack Capuano admitted he had been thinking about switching his lines for a few weeks since his team had struggled a bit down the stretch. He finally acted on it and it paid off. The Penguins simply could match up against them the way they did in Game 1.
-The Islanders final three goals all came off odd plays from the end boards. David Ullstrom basically beat Paul Martin and Engelland to a puck behind the net and dished it to Colin McDonald who was able to bang it by Fleury's skate. Matt Martin's goal came off a deflected shot from the slot which hit off the end boards. And Okposo's goal took a good hop off the end boards. Fleury allowed it to hit off his legs and go into the cage inexcusably.
-Don't underestimate the impact Okposo's fight with Matt Niskanen had in giving the Islanders' boost. To a man, every member of the Islanders we talked to after the game pointed to that as a turning point.
-Even before that fight, it seemed like the Islanders did a good job of chaning the momentum after a shaky first period. They didn't seem overwhelmed by the atmosphere or the Penguins' speed as they did in Game 1. They appeared to be much more prepared for everything tonight.
-Speaking of momentum, how much energy did the Islanders have after killing that four minute power play at the end of the second period and beginning of the third period. The Penguins looked awfully inept with that chance. They had to get at least one goal out of that.
-Evgeni Nabokov was the star of the game in our book. If not fo him, this could have been rather ugly. He turned away a ton of quality scoring chances by the Penguins all night.
-Puck management was ugly for the Penguins. They just looked sloppy with it. And they didn't win many puck battles.
-Travis Hamonic and Andrew MacDonald looked a LOT better tonight as a shutdown pairing. They seemed overwhelmed at times in Game 1. Tonight, they got back to their game and made things miserable for the Penguins' better players.
-Paul Martin and Deryk Engellend did not look very comfortable with one another most of the night. Hopefully for the Penguins' sake, Brooks Orpik can return in Game 3.
-For whatever reason, the Penguins essentially benched Beau Bennett most of hte third period. He had a shift early in the period then was on the ice when the Penguins pulled for Fleury for an extra attacker. Jussi Jokinen was promoted to the second line in Bennett's place. We wouldn't be shocked to see Tyler Kennedy return to the lineup in Game 3.
-Other than his face shield, there was little evidence that Sidney Crosby missed more than a month due to a jaw injury. He was aggressive with his skating and just seemed to know where to be on each of his goal. His chemistry with Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz was re-established immediately.
-The Islanders led in shots, 42-33.
-Malkin led the game with 10 shots.
-Crosby was right behind him with eight shots.
-Tavares led the Islanders with six shots.
-Kris Letang led the game with 29:04 of ice time.
-MacDonald led the Islanders with 24:52.
-Mark Streit, normally a minutes muncher, only had 17:22 of ice time. He had a ton of shifts in the third period so presumably, he was healthy.
-The Penguins controlled faceoffs, 36-26 (61 percent).
-Tavares was 15 for 24 (63 percent).
-Crosby was 14 for 26 (54 percent).
-MacDonald led the game with four blocked shots.
-Letang and Mark Eaton each led the game with three blocked shots.
-In the 23 postseason games before he played for Dan Bylsma, Eaton had no points. In the 39 postseason games he has played for Byslma, Eaton now has 12 points.