As you all might remember from last year, after the Pens fell down 3-0 to the Flyers, the Pensblog called out the CEC and told fans to Remember the Igloo.
We want to continue that tradition. We want CEC to rock like the Igloo used to during the playoffs. We know that the Pens killed the whiteout today. RIP Whiteout. But we need intensity like this.
Moments like that were what made the Civic Arena the best. We're not telling you the do's and don't's on how to be a fan, we're just asking you to be as loud as you can be and give this team everything you have if you are lucky enough to go.
Here is the Penguins Because It's The Cup video.
As our good buddy Cy Clark (aka Malkamania) would say, Let Them Know You're There.
Plum High School did their annual Penguins lipdub and it was posted today.
Here take a look.
Always gotta look forward to these.
Another big note:
Sidney Crosby has a doctor's appointment tomorrow and could be cleared to play.
Mario's TV will be set up in the Ghost of the Civic Arena. Free to everyone.
It's definitely that time of the year.
If you're a man, and are able to, make sure you start your playoff beard by Wednesday.
We've reached the last game of the regular season. Tonight the Pens (35-12-0) will face the Carolina Hurricanes (19-24-4)... Or should we just say the Staal brothers? Carolina won the first meeting (4-1) and Pittsburgh won the second (5-3). This game marks the first time that Jordan Staal has played in the CEC since being traded to the Canes last summer. Tough season for them, they have missed playoffs this year, the 6th time in the past 7 seasons.
Just a little walk down memory lane, everyone...
We will be seeing two familiar faces coming back to the line-up tonight, Paul Martin and James Neal will playing.
Crosby participated in his first team practice since his injury on Friday afternoon. Still said to have no timetable on return.
Orpik and Vitale remain day to day with lower body injuries.
The Pens' penalty kill has successfully killed off 16 of 19 times (84.2%) over the last five games.
The Penguins have won their final home game of the season for 9 straight years and won their final regular-season game regardless of location for 4 straight years. Hopefully that streak continues tonight.
Tonight is the “Shirts Off Our Backs" night at the game.
Don't really care what happened in this game, so all I have to say is:
Ahh the good old days.
Some positives I guess to take out of this game:
Matt Cooke got past the forensics bullshit and scored.
Jussi Jokinen scored his 932nd goal since being acquired by the Pens. What a player.
James Neal and Paul Martin will play Saturday
Best in the World was cleared to practice. He'll be in the lineup Game 1 more than likely.
Fleury probably has his baby in the next couple days, probably has a lot of weight on his shoulders with that right now.
This game was completely and utterly meaningless.
The Pensblog pointed out in their recap that the Islanders are in Buffalo tonight. If the Sabres win that game in regulation, then first round is Pens-Islanders.
Lumbus stayed alive in the West last night. We're 100% on that bandwagon.
Pens play the entire city of Thunder Bay, Ontario Saturday night at the CEC. Expect to hear Steiggy get confused on Staal players. Drink everytime they mention they are brothers.
Second to the last game of the regular season tonight, folks. The Pens (35-11-0) are facing the New Jersey Devils (18-18-10). Our boys won the first meeting with the Devils (5-1) and lost the second (3-1). There's not much to really say about this game, honestly. The Devils were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday.
(Via Daily Faceoff)
Dupuis - Malkin - Iginla
Morrow - Jokinen - Bennett
Kunitz - Sutter - Cooke
Adams - Glass - Kennedy
Letang - Eaton
Murray - Niskanen
Despres - Engelland
Henrique - Loktionov - Kovalchuk
Elias - Zajac - Clarkson
Zubrus - Josefson - Sullivan
Carter - Gionta - Kostopoulos
Greene - Larsson
Volchenkov - Zidlicky
Gelinas - Harrold
And for the sake of this post not being completely boring, here's some pretty cool personal milestones that some of the Penguins players could reach during these last two games of the regular season (thanks to penguins.nhl.com):
Craig Adams is looking to play in every regular-season game for the second-straight season and third time in four years.
Matt Cooke is looking to play in every regular-season game for the second-straight year.
Sidney Crosby is looking to establish a career high in plus-minus at +26 (previous best: +20 in 2010-11).
Pascal Dupuis is looking to play in every game for the second-straight season. To establish a career high in plus-minus at +30 (previous best: +18 last year). His next goal will be his 21st of the year; the second-highest total of his career (25 last year).
Marc-Andre Fleury currently has a 2.35 goals-against average. His career low is 2.32 (during 2010-11).
Tanner Glass is looking to play in every game for the first time in his career.
Chris Kunitz is looking to establish a career high in plus-minus at +28 (previous best: +23 in 2006-07). His 20.4% shooting percentage would be a career high (previous best: 17.3% in 2010-11). Needs one game-winning goal to equal his career high of six (2007-08). Looking to play in every game for the second-straight year and third time in his career.
Kris Letang is looking to become the first NHL defenseman to average a point per game or better since Mike Green in 09-10.
Brandon Sutter is looking to play in every game for the third-straight season.
Pens power play has gone 9 for 30 (30%) over its last six games.
Kunitz has reached the 50-point mark for the second season in a row and for fifth time in his career after scoring against Buffalo on Tuesday.
Crosby is expected to be seeking medical clearance to resume playing. Hopefully all goes well and we'll see him in playoffs. EDIT: CROSBY IS CLEARED FOR TEAM PRACTICE.
Orpik and Vitale are in Pittsburgh with lower body injuries and are day-to-day.
Via @penguins: Neal and Martin are back to full practice but will not play tonight. Martin hopeful to play Saturday.
Letang has now picked up points in his last 5 games (2G-5A-7PTS). He is the only blueliner in the NHL right now that is averaging a point per game this season. Also, Tanger has only had 8 penalty minutes during the ENTIRE season despite him averaging the most TOI on the team at 25:41 per game, which also ranks him at 7th in the league for TOI. Yeah, suck it PK. LETANG FOR NORRIS!
Most irrelevant game of the year. Steve Ott sucks.
Only thing that really mattered in this game was Iggy scored, Kunitz made Ryan Miller look like Ryan MiLOLOLOLOLer at one point, and Geno returned and was flying. Brooks Orpik left with lower-body injury, no one knows the extent of that injury.
Caps, Islanders, Blues, and Sharks all clinched playoff berths.
Rangers, Senators, and Jets all fighting for two spots.
Pens at Devils Thursday in Dirty Jersey at like 7:08.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins (35-10-0) come home tonight to face the Buffalo Sabres (19-21-6). Sabres are have lost their last 2 games, while the Pens are now on a 7 game winning streak. Pens won the first matchup with the Sabres (4-3) but lost the second (4-1), while also ending their epic winning streak at 15 games. The Sabres will not be making a playoff appearance this year and tonight will be their second to last game of the season.
Good news, Pens fans: Malkin, Letang, and Fleury will all be back in the line-up tonight.
Iginla - Malkin - Dupuis
Kunitz - Sutter - Cooke
Morrow - Jokinen - Bennett
Glass - Jeffrey - Adams
Orpik - Letang
Murray - Niskanen
Eaton - Engelland
Vanek - Hodgson - Stafford
Ott - Grigorenko - Hecht
Ennis - Porter - Flynn
Gerbe - Foligno - Scott
Ehrhoff - Sekera
Pardy - Pysyk
Weber - Ruhwedel
Crosby, Martin, and Neal are all still out due to varies injuries.
As of right now, the Penguins are only 3 points behind the Chicago Blackhawks in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.
Crosby is still leading the NHL in points by 1 point. Martin St. Louis is now in the number 2 spot with 55 points.
Pascal Dupuis, man. Best plus-minus in the league with a +31.
So this game pretty much had the makings of everything that we expected it to have. The Senators were telling the media all day that nothing was going to happen, Matt Cooke answered questions from the media about the February 13 incident that injured Erik Karlsson and apparently told one of the members of the Ottawa Sun that he had no balls, and Eugene Melnyk was in his CSI Lab all day trying to figure out how to read forensics, maybe he was just trying to teach Bryan Murray how to talk without a lisp. Dustin Jeffrey made a strong case to stay in the lineup last night scoring the first goal and assisting on the 2nd one. Brenden Morrow continued his hot streak recording the primary assist on the first two goals, and his pass to Iggy on the 2nd goal was just downright nasty. Tyler Kennedy actually scored and Vokoun was strong in the net.
Keep in mind the Penguins were without Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Kris Letang, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Beau Bennett. Basically it was the Penguins JV Team vs Ottawa.
The game basically started with the Senators jammed up. Matt Cooke took the second or third shift of the game and every Senator forgot they were playing hockey and they were chasing Cooke around the school yard. Chris Neil went straight to Matt Cooke asking to fight and followed him around for like 5 minutes. Chris Neil is lower than dog shit. After that, Cooke went to the corner and one of the Senators D guys forgot he was playing hockey and interfered with Cooke, no dice on that Power Play though. Game was kind of meh for a little after except everytime Cooke touched the puck, it was BOOOO MATT COOKE BOO. Shortly after, Douglas Murray made a hell of a stretch pass to Dupuis, who then dumped it off to Brenden Morrow who set up Dustin Jeffrey for a perfect one-timer, perfect shot. 1-0.
Not long after that, Jeffrey-Morrow-Iginla were out there for a shift. DJ won a battle in the corner and then Morrow went over to get the puck. Morrow got all of Ottawa's defensemen to follow him to the puck in the other corner, Craig Andersen hugged the post but Jarome Iginla snuck in the back door and Morrow fed him with a perfect pass. 2-0 Pens.
Ottawa then forgot they were playing hockey. Some shit happened towards the end of the period. Bortuzzo fought some guy, I'd look it up, but he's probably irrelevant. Chris Neil tried to get Orpik to fight, but Big Mac came over and wouldn't have any. Pretty sure Chris Neil probably shit his pants or something. Somehow Big Mac got 2 for roughing and 10 min misconduct for instigating a fight that never happened. Not sure how thats possible. Period.
2nd Period was pretty meh. One brightside in this Period was the PP opportunities that the Penguins were getting, they were dictating the play. Dustin Jeffrey got slashed in the face behind the Penguins net sometime in the period and the refs I guess were looking at the Matt Cooke banners in the crowd or something.
Anyways while Jeffrey layed on the ice, Eugene Melnyk's forensics lab rained down with a bunch of "Matt Cooke Sucks" chants. Stay classy Ottawa.
The 3rd begin much like the 2nd. Nothing really happened for awhile. Then I think the Sens realized that the Jets beat Buffalo, and they decided they needed to play hockey instead of Kick the Cooke or whatever. At one point, the Pens took a penalty with :03 left on a power play. Not a bad penalty, dude stopped skating in front of Morrow and he accidentally tripped him. Alfredsson won a draw back to Sarge, who dished it to some dude and beat Vokoun. Luckily the Sens penalty expired so it counted as a PP goal. 2-1. Crowd picked up some intensity after the goal. Sens were kind of everywhere for awhile until they took another stupid penalty, the crowd cried. Pens dominated the power play but no dice. There were a few minutes left in the period and Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy were out there. Puck got dumped to the corner and Cooke skated in after it. Senators guy decided he was just gonna glide in and try to interfere with Cooke getting to the puck. Cooke won the battle and dished it out to everyone's favorite player Tyler Kennedy who burried it bast Andersen. 3-1. Game.
1. Brenden Morrow
2. Douglas Murray
3. Pascal Dupuis
Douglas Murray destroyed Chris Neil after Neil admired a shot on Vokoun. Neil got jammed up and Murray just smiled at him. What a human.
Pens powerplay was 0-5 but recorded like 13 shots on goal. Craig Andersen was best PK for Ottawa
Iggy scored again
Morrow 2 assists
DJ 1 goal 1 assist. Deserves to be back in lineup tonight.
TK actually scored
Cooke played decent despite basically having a bounty on his back
Bob Grove ripped the refs during the 2nd intermission
Vokoun won his 8th straight away game. What a pickup by Shero in the offseason. Could be underrated deal of the year.
Fleury and his wife Vero had their first baby girl yesterday, named Estelle.
Jets beat Buffalo last night to move to within 1 point of Ottawa
Pens play in like 12 minutes against Buffalo at home tonight. Game was PPD from Saturday.