Thursday, May 30, 2013

Podcast City

9th Heyyyyy Fannnssss Podcast

We briefly go over the final 2 games of the Sens series.

We also dive into Pens/Bruins ECF stuff.

Listen below:

Game 1 is Saturday.

Go Pens

Conference Final Predictions

So we are down to 4.

If no one has told you yet, the last 4 teams left are the last 4 Stanley Cup Champions.

Penguins (2009)
Blackhawks (2010)
Bruins (2011)
Kings (2012)

So our standings through 2 Rounds are:

Andrew : 10-2
Haylie : 8-4
Brandon : 7-5

It's gonna take a Maple Leafs' like collapse by Andrew for him to lose.

Eastern Conference Finals

Andrew:    Pens in 5
Haylie:      Ginger Cult Things
Brandon:   Pens in 6

Western Conference Finals

Andrew:    Kings in 6
Haylie:      Ginger Cult Things
Brandon:   Kings in 7

Just kidding, Haylie picks Pens in 6 and Kings in 7


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Forensic This, Pens WIN. WIN Series 4-1


The Penguins had their foot on the throats of the Ottawa Senators.  They were up 3-1 on home ice but the Pens hadn't finished out a series on home ice since 2008.  Until last night.  The Pens got up early and never looked back.  The best part about this win is that it prevents a Canadian team from winning the Stanley Cup for another year.  Also the Pens scored 13 goals the past 2 games.  Jesus.  Time to buckle up for a showdown with the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Final.

The first few minutes of the game were pretty meh.  Consol was quite until the Pens started getting some chances.  They finally cashed in when Mark Eaton hit Brenden Morrow with a pass in front of the goal.  Morrow deflected it in to make it 1-0 Pens.  The whole play started by Matt Cooke out hustling some joke to get to a loose puck.  Matt Cooke was everywhere all game long.  Speaking of people that were everywhere, Sidney Crosby.  He was all over the place making shit happen as well.  He got called for the softest hook of all time.  Pens killed off the penalty.  

The Pens got a power play early in the 2nd.  Some idiot cross checked Adams.  Pens power play was flying but couldn't cash in.  The 2nd unit came on for a bit.  Did something then went off.  The first unit came back out a cashed in.  Anderson couldn't find the puck in the crease and James Neal poked it home for his 1st to make it 2-0 Pens.  Chris Neil might be the dumbest hockey player of all time.  He took another penalty and put his team shorthanded again.  Malkin ruined it though so play went to 4 on 4.  The Pens talent took over.  Letang scooped up the puck, cut to the middle all by himself.  Snipe job.  3-0.  Sens scored some dumb goal to make it 3-1.  Flashbacks of other series started to creep in to your head.  Even if you don't want to admit it they did.  But this is a different Penguins team.  They didn't let the Sens get back into it.  Vokoun was money again.  James Neal picked up the puck in the neutral zone and fired a pass to Geno.  Geno was in by himself. 4-1 Pens.  

The Sens had to kill penalties for a good portion of the beginning of the 3rd.  Chris Neil decided to shove is stick into Douglas Murray's sack.  Pens didn't get anything on the power play.  The Sens were technically still in it but not really.  Then the Pens pretty much put them out of their misery.  Gonch had a horrible turnover and James Neal beat Anderson to make it 5-1.  Consol started to sing the Sens out of town.  Then Ottawa scored.  Whatever.  The Pens added a goal for good measure.  For as good as people make Erik Karlsson sound he was embarrassing this season.  2 times he got undressed by Sidney Crosby.  This time it was James Neal.  He drug the puck around Karlsson and sniped Anderson for the hat trick.  6-2.  Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Sens.

1. James Neal
2. Kris Letang
3. Evgeni Malkin

  • James Neal is getting in a grove
  • Whenever Evgeni Malkin isn't turning the puck over he is on another level.
  • Sidney Crosby is on another planet.  He is everywhere.  Hes fired up.  Hes playing some kind of hockey that I don't think we've ever seen from him.
  • Kris Letang is kinda good at hockey.
  • Tomas Vokoun is in a groove.
  • Good thing the Pens fired Bylsma.

The Pens are going to play Double J and the Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Dates and times to be determined.

Go Pens

Friday, May 24, 2013

Round 2 Game 5. Pens vs Sens.

Consol Energy Center. 7:38. NBCSN

After a dominating performance in Ottawa in Game 4, the Pens head home to try to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Penguins are 0-6 at home with a chance to clinch a series under Dan Bylsma.  Consol should be deafening.

According to Daniel Alfredsson, the Sens can't come back in this series.

Line Combinations
Michalek - Spezza - Alfredsson
Greening - Turris - Condra
Smith - Zibanejad - Silfverberg
Kassian - Pageau - Neil

Karlsson - Methot
Cowen - Gonchar
Benoit - Phillips


Kunitz - Crosby - Dupuis
Iginla - Malkin - Neal
Cooke - Sutter - Kennedy
Bennett - Jokinen - Adams

Letang - Eaton
Orpik - Martin
Murray - Niskanen


1 to go.

Do It.

Go Pens.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Otta-UH OH. Pens WIN.



The score was a lot to a little.  The Pens dominated everything.  We'll sum the game up pretty much by this video.

Yikes. Craig AndersOLOLOLOn

Also this could have been played twice last night.

Also, nothing better than Pascal Dupuis' goal troll face.

Alfie basically said there's no way they come back from this, not sure if bulletin board material or they just give up.

Chris Neil still sucks.

Game 5 tomorrow at 7:30 at CEC.

Pens lead series 3-1

Go Pens.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

SERIES 2: GAME 4: Pens at Sens

Scotiabank Place. 7:30. NBCSN

After a frustrating double-OT loss and two days off, it's game 4 in Ottawa tonight where the Pens still lead this series 2-1. This game is going to be a big one. With a win tonight, the Pens will be one more win from the Eastern Conference Finals. A loss will make this an even series, and probably cause another irrational Pens fan meltdown of some sort.

Rumor has it that Jokinen could be back in the line-up tonight. Jussi has been out since a knee-to-knee hit occurred with Reasoner during the first round. When asked about if he's playing tonight, Jussi said:
"Our lineup every day is a game-time decision. That's the coaches' decision. I just prepare the same way. You always prepare that you're going to play."

On the Sens' side, Stone will be replacing Conacher on the Spezza line. And everyone's favorite (sarcasm city), Neil, has been cleared to play in game 4. Yippee skippy.

(subject to change)
Kunitz - Crosby - Dupuis
Iginla - Malkin - Neal
Cooke - Sutter - Kennedy
Bennett - Jokinen - Adams
Orpik - Martin
Niskanen - Letang
Murray - Eaton
Michalek - Spezza - Stone
Silfverberg - Turris - Alfredsson
Smith - Zibanejad - Neil
Greening - Pageau - Condra
Methot - Karlsson
Cowen - Gonchar
Benoit - Phillips

  • In other series: Red Wings lead Blackhawks 2-1, Kings and Sharks are tied 2-2, Bruins lead Rangers 3-0.

Let's do this.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Podcast City

8th installment of the Heyyyyy Fannnssss Podcast.

We "talk" about games 1, 2, and 3.

Listen below:

Go Pens

Monday, May 20, 2013

Disappointment. Pens LOSE


The guys over at Pensblog said it best.  "Can't really find the perfect word to describe this loss.  Terrible.  Stupid.  Disappointing.  Frustrating."  Those are all good words to describe this loss.  The Pens had a 1-0 lead.  They were on a power play with under 2 minutes to play.  Vokoun was playing lights out.  The defense was fantastic for the most part.  But one little brain fart is the different between the Pens having a chance to close this out Wednesday night and this potentially being 2-2 going back to Pittsburgh.  

This game was a goaltending clinic.  Craig Anderson and Tomas Vokoun had their balls in everyone's mouths.  They were matching each other save for save.  TK sniped one late in the 2nd to make it 1-0 Pens.  That lead stood until under 30 second left in the game when Daniel Alfredsson scored SHORT FUCKING HANDED to tie the game.  

We all love Geno here.  BUT.  He didn't mark Alfie going to the net.  Everyone watched the puck and Alfie was in all alone and deflected a sick pass from Milan Michalek past Tomas Vokoun to tie the game.  

After a scoreless first OT the Sens won it when Colin Greening beat Vokoun.  Vomit.

1. Colin Greening
2. Craig Anderson
3. Tomas Vokoun

Game 4 is Wednesday.

Go Pens

Sunday, May 19, 2013

SERIES 2: GAME 3: Pens at Sens

Scotiabank Place. 7:30. NBCSN

Pens and Sens are in Ottawa tonight for Game 3. Joe Vitale was absent from the Pens morning skate so Tanner Glass took his spot in the line rushes. Spezza will be returning for Ottawa tonight.

(subject to change)

Kunitz - Crosby - Dupuis
Neal - Malkin - Iginla
Morrow - Sutter - Cooke
Glass - Adams - Kennedy
Orpik - Martin
Niskanen - Letang
Murray - Eaton

Conacher - Spezza - Michalek
Silvferberg - Turris - Alfredsson
Smith - Zibanejad - Neil
Greening - Pageau - Condra
Methot - Karlsson
Phillips - Gonchar
Cowen - Gryba

  • Other series: Detroit beat Chicago yesterday, making the series an even 1-1. San Jose defeated L.A. to make the series 2-1 (in favor of the Kings).

Do it.

Friday, May 17, 2013

SERIES 2: GAME 2: Pens vs. Sens

Consol Energy Center. 7:30. NBCSN

It's a hockey night in Pittsburgh for Game 2.

In the morning skates for the past 2 days, the Dupuis-Crosby-Iginla/Kunitz-Malkin-Neal lines have been switched back to Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis/Iginla-Malkin-Neal.

Also, Letang and Adams did not participate in this morning's skate so Eaton and Jokinen were practicing in their place. Both Letang and Adams practiced yesterday, no word on their absence today per Bylsma.

Vokoun has confirmed that he will be starting in net tonight. He has 3 straight wins so far so here's to hoping for another tonight! #VokounaMatata and #twerkinforTomas continues!

(Subject to change)

Kunitz - Crosby - Dupuis
Iginla - Malkin - Neal
Morrow - Sutter - Cooke
Adams - Vitale - Kennedy
Martin - Orpik
Letang - Niskanen
Murray - Engelland
Conacher - Turris - Alfredsson
Michalek - Zibanejad - Silfverberg
Kassian - Smith - Neil
Greening - Pageau - Condra
Methot - Karlsson
Phillips - Gonchar
Cowen - Gryba

  • Spezza is eying to return to the Sens line-up for Game 3.
  • In other series: Blackhawks lead 1-0 over Red Wings, Kings lead 2-0 over Sharks, Bruins lead 1-0 over Rangers.
  • NHL Awards: Boudreau (Ducks), MacLean (Senators) and Quenneville (Blackhawks) are finalists for the Adams trophy. Kane (Blackhawks), Moulson (Islanders) and St. Louis (Lighting) are finalists for the Lady Byng. Bergeron (Bruins), Datsyuk (Red Wings) and Toews (Blackhawks) are finalists for the Selke. Finalists for the GM of the Year are Bergevin (Canadiens), Murray (Ducks) and Shero (Penguins, obviously).

Do it.

Also, for a little giggle, this video has been showed on boths and Malkin was featured as an answer on Jeopardy...

Nice try, buddy.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Malkamania. Pens WIN.


Malkin had his best game of the playoffs.  Pens open up Round 2 with a win and lead the series 1-0.  Game 5 is Friday. Recap below.

The game started out with Consol jammed up then with an amazing rendition of O Canada and the Star Spangled Banner by Jeff Jimerson.  The Pens came out of the gates flying.  One minute in, Kyle Turris decided he was going to hit Dupuis in the face with his stick, sent the Pens to an early Powerplay.  The first unit was everywhere and forced Craig Anderson to make 3 huge saves.  Malkin stayed out with the second unit.  Brenden Morrow dished to Geno who made a beautiful pass back to Paul Martin.  Morrow screened Anderson and the puck went in.  What a shot.  The Redemption Tour continues.
Two minutes later, Colin Greening scored one of the shittiest goals ever. Trade Vokoun right? Anyways 1-1.
Malkin-Kunitz-Neal went to work on the forecheck.  Neal stripped some dude and gave the puck to Kunitz, who fed Malkin for a slam dunk. 2-1.
Tyler Kennedy sat on Zibenejad and took a penalty, killed.  Gryba was called for a hold later but Malkin negated that by taking a penalty. Period ended 2-1 Pens.
Halfway through the second, James Neal took his first penalty of the night, but the Pens killed it.  Ottawa pretty much controlled play during the period, but Vokoun and the Penguins defense did a good job not allowing anything to happen.  Big thing to take away from this period is that the defense were on every rebound and they boxed out the front of the net. Cory Conacher decided to hold Chris Kunitz which led to the Penguins 3rd powerplay of the night.  Kunitz then slams home a pass from Iginla and Letang to make it 3-1, Crosby made an underrated pass leading to the goal.
There were a few penalties exchanged in the 3rd, but both were killed.  Erik Karlsson bought a call by basically forgetting how to skate and James Neal went to the box for the 2nd time.  Karma would come back to bite Karlsson in the ass.  Karlsson pinched horribly, Dion Pheaneuf like on the Powerplay, which sprung Dupuis and Cooke to a 2 on 1 shorthanded with Gonch as the defenseman.  Dupuis sniped Anderson top shelf, 4-1 Pens. 
The game pretty much was over at that point.  James Neal hit Karlsson to knock him down to take another penalty.  Game.

Three to go.
1. Evgeni Malkin
2. Tomas Vokoun
3. Chris Kunitz

- Evgeni Malkin solid all around game, best game of playoffs by him.
- Vokoun was strong all night
- Pens defense played a thousand times better than Islanders series.
- 2/4 on Powerplay, killed all 5 powerplays by Ottawa.
- Chris Neil still sucks.
- Orpik and Gryba collided at the blueline at one point, Gryba might have a concussion, no idea.
- Penguins had 40 hits

Game 2 Friday at 7:30 on NBCSN

Go Pens.