NHL notes: Crosby’s return on ice

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It’s a personal thing, and like I said, the other game, you have to look yourself in the mirror and say you’re playing your hardest and you’re giving everything you can to help the team win.” The Predators have six games left on their schedule and are currently seven points out of the final playoff spot.. BLACKHAWKS CLINCH CENTRAL DIVISION The Chicago Blackhawks clinched their 15th divisional title in franchise history Friday night with their 3-2 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings.. The win also signified a series sweep of their division rivals.. “It means a lot,” goaltender Corey Crawford told the Chicago Tribune.. “We want to capture first place (in the conference).. It has been game-by-game the whole year and we’re not going to change it now.” The last time the Chicago Blackhawks won a division title was during the 2009-10 season, when they went on to win the Stanley Cup.. BABCOCK: ‘THIS IS WHAT WE EARNED’ After the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Friday, head coach Mike Babcock had a moment to reflect on his team’s struggles to hold down a playoff spot.. Currently sitting in eighth in the Western Conference, the Wings are only two points ahead of the Dallas Stars, Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets.. The last time the Wings didn’t make the playoffs was 1990.. “To me, strange is living in the past,” Babcock told MLive.com. source: http://www.torontosun.com/2013/04/13/nhl-notes-crosbys-return-on-ice

Penguins 6, Lightning 3

”For me, it was just a relief,” Glass said.. ”I think the bench was happier than I was, but look out now.. The floodgates are open, so I hope I have a few more of those.” Kunitz put Pittsburgh up 3-1 with a redirection on the power play early in the second period.. But Connolly stopped a personal 54-game goal drought dating back to Nov.. 17, 2011 against Pittsburgh, when he got Tampa Bay within 3-2 with a man-advantage goal.. The Penguins had taken a 1-0 lead 4:07 into the game when Jokinen scored from near the post on a rebound.. Dupuis made it 2-0 during a power play on another rebound goal.. ”They did a good job of just getting to the net,” said Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop , who made 35 saves.. After Malkin was called for tripping while battling for position in front of the Tampa Bay net, Purcell cut the Lightning deficit to 2-1 from the right circle.. He connected off a pass from Steven Stamkos on the ensuing power play. source: http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/Penguins-6-Lightning-3-15820827

Can the Pittsburgh Penguins Win the Stanley Cup Without Sidney Crosby?

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Expected ready for playoffs.. #pens — Rob Rossi (@RobRossi_Trib) March 31, 2013 For starters, Crosby is the most unstoppable player in the world when he is healthy, and in the 36 games he’s played this season, no one has been more productive offensively.. He still leads the NHL with 56 points (15 goals, 41 assists) and was scoring at the best rate of his career (1.55 points/game).. Since Crosby left Saturday’s game against the New York Islanders with a jaw injury, Pittsburgh has not scored more than two goals in a game.. Before that Islanders matchup, the Penguins were averaging 3.4 goals scored per game, but with Crosby missing the last three games, the Penguins are 1-2 and have been outscored 11-3 in that span.. Can the Penguins win the Stanley Cup without Crosby?. Yes Submit Vote vote to see results Can the Penguins win the Stanley Cup without Crosby?. Yes 41.5% Total votes: 1,207 The Pittsburgh power play has also struggled mightily without Crosby.. Including the Islanders game that Crosby left because of injury, the Penguins have converted on just one of their last 10 opportunities with the man advantage.. Crosby leads the team with 17 power-play points (three goals, 14 assists).. Even though superstar center Evgeni Malkin has returned from injury and veteran forward Jarome Iginla, Jussi Jokinen and Brenden Morrow were acquired in the week leading up to the trade deadline, the Penguins are a far weaker team from an offensive standpoint when Crosby doesn’t play.. Crosby’s presence on the first line gives head coach Dan Bylsma two of the toughest lines for opposing teams to defend. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1596942-can-the-pittsburgh-penguins-win-the-stanley-cup-without-sidney-crosby

‘Frustrated’ Panthers fall at home to Pens’ ‘B’ team

However, even the Penguins’ “B” squad was enough to squeak out a 3-1 chippy victory over an injury-decimated, rookie-laced Panthers group Saturday night at a sold-out BB&T Center.. The 32-10 Penguins have won four in a row and 19 of 21 as they strive to clinch home ice in the East, while their Eastern Conference opposite’s 32 points are the lowest in the NHL.. The Panthers inched closer to possibly their third top-3 draft pick in four years before heading off for a four-game Northeast road swing.. Pittsburgh, who has already clinched the Atlantic Division crown, won two of three against Florida to take the season series for the fourth consecutive year.. The Penguins were without superstar Sidney Crosby (jaw), James Neal (concussion), Paul Martin (foot) and Hart Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin, who sustained an upper-body injury in Thursday’s 6-3 win in Tampa.. “That’s always a disappointment for the 18,000 people there tonight,” Dineen said.. “They want to see those premier players in the league.. No different when you spent lots of bucks on a Heat game and you don’t get to see [LeBron James] right now.. That would add a little sting to it.. I enjoy watching those good players play, but at the end of it, they’ve been down this road before, where they’re missing their quality players and they always have a response.” Malkin was also sporting a sunburn during morning skate that a Pittsburgh public relations spokesman adamantly denied as the rumored reason for his absence.. That’s four of the Penguins’ top five power play-goal producers out of the lineup. source: http://www.wdsu.com/sports/-Frustrated-Panthers-fall-at-home-to-Pens-B-team/-/9853524/19745576/-/ikyad7/-/index.html

 

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